Remove iStartSurf.com virus (Hijack Removal Guide)




iStartSurf.com is the homepage hijacker which is installed by browser extensions or add-ons and replaces your default search engine with iStartSurf Search. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote iStartSurf.com Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results.

Once this iStartSurf.com browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with iStartSurf.com. This iStartSurf.com homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. iStartSurf.com also hijacks the shortcut of your favorite browser and adds a extra iStartSurf.com argument behind the executable. By doing this hijacking the iStartSurf.com website always opens when you open the browser, even as you replaced your default homepage with a website of your choice. It’s a very nifty and nasty method of forcing to drive web-traffic to there website. Please be aware what you install on your computer. The iStartSurf.com browser hijacker is most likely installed by the computer user itself because it’s offered during the installation process by Desk 365 software.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

Updated: 05-31-2015




Remove iStartSurf.com homepage

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Step 1 – Remove iStartSurf.com 100% free using AdwCleaner

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Remove iStartSurf.comRemove iStartSurf.com 100% free using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

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Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

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AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

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