How to get rid of iStartSurf homepage and search from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox (Removal Guide)

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.

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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.

IStartSurf Removal Instruction

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Manual Removal Instruction for IStartSurf

Step 1
UNINSTALL ISTARTSURF AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Click on the Start button in the left lower corner and select → Control Panel. After that find the Programs and Features (if you are running Windows XP , then click on Add/Remove Programs).
    IStartSurf remove from Windows - step 1.1
Windows 8/8.1/10
  • If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system , then right-click on the Start which is in the lower left corner of the screen. After that select Control Panel and go to Programs/Uninstall a Program.
    IStartSurf remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall IStartSurf and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the IStartSurf or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    IStartSurf remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
REMOVE ISTARTSURF FROM YOUR WEB BROWSERS
  • Step 3
Remove suspicious add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Manage Add-ons.
    Remove IStartSurf from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the IStartSurf and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove IStartSurf from Internet Explorer - Step 2.2
How to change your homepage if it was modified by browser hijacker:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.
  • On General tab remove unwanted URL and enter your desired domain name such as google.com. Click Apply to save changes.
    Remove IStartSurf from Internet Explorer - Step 2.3
Resetting Internet Explorer browser
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and chose Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Now click on Reset button, the new window should appear. Select the Delete Personal settings option and click on Reset button again. Now you have deteled IStartSurf completely.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Internet Explorer - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon which is located in the top right corner. Now select Add-ons and go to Extensions.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select IStartSurf and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.2
Resetting Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu icon which is on the upper left corner of the browser and click on the question mark. Now, choose Troubleshooting Information option.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.3
  • New windows will pop-up where you can see Refresh Firefox to its default state message and Refresh Firefox button. Click this button to remove IStartSurf completely.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon in the upper right corner and select More Tools and then select Extensions.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the IStartSurf and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Google Chrome - Step 2.2
  • Click on menu icon once again and select Settings and then Manage Search engines it will be right under the Search section.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Google Chrome - Step 2.3
  • Now you will see all of the Search Engines installed in your browser. Remove any suspicious search engines. We advise you to leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Google Chrome - Step 2.4
Resetting Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon which is on the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser. Now select Settings. Click Show Advanced Settings...
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and find there Reset settings and click on it.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove IStartSurf completely.
  • Remove IStartSurf from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3
FINAL ISTARTSURF REMOVAL PROCEDURE

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.

Information added: 08/12/2015 11:37 AM;