Uninstall istartsurf hijack malware from Opera, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer (Malware Removal guide)

Istartsurf.com is a malicious web domain that hosts some sponsored programs, adware, browser hijackers and other malware programs that will get into your computer if you download and install them. If you get infected you will have a lot of troubles related with your computer. All of your web browsers may be infected including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The default homepage will be changed to istartsurf.com and search engine to search.istartsurf.com.

istartsurf removal

Istartsurf is a malware and it can appear on your computer without your knowledge and permission. Usually it is installed along with freeware programs, this technique is also known as bundling. But there are other ways of spreading the infection, for example spam email attachments or fake update messages and security notifications saying that you have to upgrade your Flash Player or multiple threats were found on your computer. Those security alerts and update notifications are fake and used to trick and scare users into download of some dubious programs. Usually those programs are hijackers, viruses, malware and adware.

Once installed, istartsurf adware will make some entries in the system registry to startup automatically when your system loads. Also your web browser default settings will be changed as well as DNS configuration and Host file. Therefore, your default homepage will be changed to istartsurf.com and whenever you search for something with search.istartsurf.com your search results will be irrelevant, filled with sponsored links and banners. Those links will redirect you to unreliable and unsafe websites. It’s hard to prevent the infection with istartsurf or any other malware, however following few recommendations will give you more chances to avoid the infection. So, we recommend you to avoid visiting dubious websites, downloading and installing freeware products, opening attachments in spam emails. If you have decided to install a freeware program always opt for custom installation and unselect addition products from being installed, also read carefully the EULA.

If you want to get rid of istartsurf hijack adware without reinstalling windows, below you may find our comprehensive removal tutorials that will help you to clean your infected computer. Simply follow the steps in the correct order and you will uninstall istartsurf malware completely from your browsers and computer. If you want to quickly and easily remove istartsurf hijack we recommend to use our automatic removal tool, which was specifically designed to find and delete istartsurf virus.

Istartsurf hijack Removal Instruction

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Manual Removal Instruction for Istartsurf hijack

Step 1
UNINSTALL ISTARTSURF HIJACK 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 hijack 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 hijack remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall Istartsurf hijack and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the Istartsurf hijack or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    Istartsurf hijack remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
REMOVE ISTARTSURF HIJACK 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 hijack from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the Istartsurf hijack and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove Istartsurf hijack 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 hijack 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 hijack completely.
  • Remove Istartsurf hijack 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 hijack from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select Istartsurf hijack and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove Istartsurf hijack 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 hijack 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 hijack completely.
  • Remove Istartsurf hijack 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 hijack from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the Istartsurf hijack and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove Istartsurf hijack 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 hijack 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 hijack 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 hijack from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove Istartsurf hijack completely.
  • Remove Istartsurf hijack from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3
FINAL ISTARTSURF HIJACK REMOVAL PROCEDURE

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the ISTARTSURF HIJACK 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: 08/13/2015 08:05 PM;