This page aims to help you remove Istartpageing “Virus”. These Istartpageing “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
Before we begin you need to know that this threat is recognized as a browser hijacker application by most anti-malware software – for a number of reasons. Browser hijacker is easily recognizable for its main function is to inject unwanted online Ads in the internet browsers of computers. These Ads can not be turned off – only the removal of Istartpageing “Virus” will stop the process. Its presence will slow down the performance of your computer – whenever you try to open a page your CPU also has to download the data for the Ads and then display them. If the Ads are animated or have sound attached the delay time is increased even further – especially if you are in the habit of keeping multiple browsers tabs open.
You computer was infected. But how?
Unlike their more dangerous counterpart – computer viruses – browser hijacker application like Istartpageing “Virus” rarely use security vulnerabilities and trojan horses for their installation. Instead they rely or good old fashioned tricks like social engineering and software bundling. This means that it was you who installed the thing, of course without realizing that you were doing it.
Running executable files obtained from unsafe sources is the first likely cause for the presence of malware. The things that often carry nasty surprises are:
- Online storage sites
- Email attachments
- Unofficial mirrors
Sometimes torrents have fake download buttons in order to confuse you and if you click on the fake button you’ll get a file for download that matches in name with the file you want – but only in name. If you are lucky you’ll only receive an annoying program from such a file. There are much worse alternatives.
- Program bundles are another likely cause for the spreading of Istartpageing “Virus”.
A program bundle is an installer that contain multiple programs inside of it – if you agree for that installer to work its Default option the installer will land you with all those extras hidden inside of it and fairly often they are applications similar to Istartpageing “Virus”. To avoid that simply select Advanced whenever you are installing a program you are unfamiliar with – this will show you all components that are about to be installed and you can opt out of some (or all) of them. Do it.
Do not click or download anything associated with the Istartpageing “Virus”
While Istartpageing “Virus” on its own is mostly harmless the sites and programs it links to may be not. browser hijacker applications are not exactly known for their high quality control over what Ads will be displayed and since reputable software developers rarely advertise through such shady means as browser hijacker there is a good chance that many of the Ads link to virus-infected sites or to bloatware programs. Bloatware programs are programs that promise you some functionality, but are really bad at it or outright don’t work. However in order to make you buy them they will create fake or grossly exaggerated messages about problems with your computer and when paid off they will simply stop creating those messages. The virus may also be trying a similar strategy on you – through the use of fake Ads that may appear as system messages. If you suspect that there is some problem with your PC, then please remove all of the threats first. It’s entirely possible that problem is made up by the browser hijacker.
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|Distribution Method||Software bundles or spam email, most likely.|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Istartpageing Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Remove Istartpageing “Virus”
UPDATE! You can visit this article for an updated version of the guide: Remove Pop-Up Ads from Chrome/Firefox (Adware Virus)
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Removal Instructions for Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it.
Removing the virus in Google Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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