Internet-Start belongs to the category of potentially unwanted programs known as browser hijackers. Internet-Start can integrate with most popular web browsers and ‘hijack’ them by changing their settings.
Typically browser hijackers like iStart Search Bar, Maincaptchasource aim for the homepage and default search engine and replace these with their own custom domains. And if you’ve ever had a hijacker on your computer before, then you know very well that it’s practically impossible to override these changes once they’ve been made by the browser hijacker. Even reinstalling your Chrome, Firefox, Opera or other browser or switching to a different one only serves as a temporary solution before the hijacker can reinstate itself again.
Other changes that are usually made by software applications like Internet-Start include the installation of an ad-generating component in the browser. And as a result, users start seeing all sorts of intrusive online ads during their browsing sessions. Banners, popups, box messages and all sorts of other kinds of ads have likely started to fill your screen.
Furthermore, you may have also noticed that your web searches now yield a lot more sponsored search results than before. And what’s even more frustrating is that your browser may have started to trigger page redirects right in the middle of your sessions.
These are all the most obvious signs of a browser hijacker infection. And the only way you can get rid of them is if you remove the hijacker itself, or in this case – Internet-Start.
But actually accomplishing this is often easier said than done. That is because browser hijackers rarely come with a designated uninstallation option the way that most regular software apps do. So instead, users are forced to figure out the removal on their own and have to search for the separate components manually. And if you leave something in your system, then it will likely be enough for the hijacker to reinstall itself again.
That is why we have created the below removal guide. With its help, you won’t have to search your system for hours on end in order to find all of the Internet-Start files. In a matter of just a handful of steps, you should be hijacker-free in no time. And if you’d rather run a full system scan and remove any unwanted programs automatically, then be sure to check out our professional malware removal tool below.
Note that removing Internet-Start and other such software isn’t merely about making your browsing experience more pleasant. It’s also a matter of security. The constant exposure to various online ads can actually also put you at risk of running into malware and viruses. Ransomware and Trojan horse viruses, in particular, commonly rely on malicious online ads for their distribution.
So until you’ve seen to the removal of this hijacker, it’s a good idea to abstain from interacting with any of the numerous popups and banners that Internet-Start is showcasing on your screen. Better yet, after you’ve uninstalled this software, you might want to consider getting a reliable ad-blocker for your computer (or browser) in order to minimize the risk of landing on unsafe content.
How to Uninstall Internet-Start
To try and remove Internet-Start quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Internet-Start extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Internet-Start by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Internet-Start and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Internet-Start removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Internet-Start from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Internet-Start from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Internet-Start from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!