If your default homepage and search engine were modified to iStartSurf.com without your authorization, it means that your computer was infected with iStartSurf adware, also known as iStartSurf browser hijacker. If you think that you can easily remove it from your browsers, you are wrong. IStartSurf won’t uninstall from control panel easily as other programs. IStartSurf malware is being constantly updated and it is able to infect the most recent versions of the web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
IStartSurf virus will cause numerous pop-up ads to appear during your web surfing sessions, as well as sponsored banners and in-text links. If you search for something using the iStartSurf.com search engine you will get irrelevant search results filled with sponsored links that will redirect you to unsafe websites where you can get infected with viruses, adware, hijackers and other malware. Also, this malicious program can change your system registry, network settings and host file in order to take control over the infected computer.
IStartSurf.com is trying to look like legitimate search engine, however you will see sponsored advertisements already on the homepage below the search bar. IStartSurf can hijack all of your web browsers, bypassing anti-virus security software, because technically iStartSurf is not a virus. For innocent user iStartSurf.com may look like genuine website that provides useful features like search on popular websites like Booking, Aliexpress or Alibaba or search for games. In any circumstance you should not use those features. If you perform purchase on Aliexpress the iStartSurf adware may collect not only your full name, address and phone number, but also your credit card information and it can lead into horrible consequences like credit card fraud or identity theft.
To remove iStartSurf home page and search you will have to uninstall it completely from your computer. You will have to clean iStartSurf.com entries from registry of Windows. Since system registry is very sensitive and if you remove some wrong entry you can crash your system and lose your personal data stored on the hard drive. That’s why we recommend to follow our comprehensive removal guide written below. Simply follow the steps in the correct order and you will get rid of iStartSurf home page and search from your browsers. If this removal guide looks complicated for you, we recommend you to try our automatic iStartSurf removal tool. It will perform full system scan for iStartSurf and other adware and will remove every malware completely from your pc.
Symptoms of IStartSurf infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for IStartSurf threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the ISTARTSURF and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.