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Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net

Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net is a rapidly spreading Adware application that needs to be removed from the infected computer as soon as possible. The Ads that Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net will show to you may appear legitimate. It could be advertising goods for which you have recently searched at it might even link to shops you visit frequently.

Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net Virus

Many people associate the word Adware with harmless, but annoying viruses that create advertisements and nothing else. This assumption is not entirely correct – while the Ads are harmless the sites they link to and the files they will try to install on your computer are not.

Don’t trust Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net about anything – it is a virus first and foremost

Don’t let the virus fool you – it is advertising for things you recently searched for based on your browsing and search history, which the virus is able to access. If it not advertising in obscure third world shops you’ve never heard of then it might simply be trying a phishing scam instead. A phishing scam is a site which looks exactly like a big and popular site and it also has a very similar URL (can never be exactly the same, but one extra letter or number is enough to do the trick). Basically when you try to log-in into this fake site the hackers will record the account ID and password and will use them to access the real site. From there they could to steal the account, make purchases in your name, steal banking info or even identity theft.

Files offered for download by Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net are even more dangerous. If they are not infected by other viruses they will at the very least be useless bloatware. Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net may show you all kinds of Ads that can appear like system messages. These messages will report many different possible problems with your computer – missing plug-ins and updates, required video players or codecs to view media online, virus infestations, registry errors and more. These are all fake and their sole goal is to make you download the “solution” Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net will offer you.

Watch out for infected executable files

Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net, like many other types of Malware, will come as part of an .exe file. For this reason it is very important to never run any .exe files that are obtained from unsafe locations like forums, blogs, torrents, storage sites etc. Corrupted .exe files are also often sent via attachments to spam emails. Common work-related naming schemes will be used to mask the virus. Remember that office files are usually .docx, .pdf, .xls and NEVER .exe. If you got a file named Invoice.exe then it is most certainly a virus carrier.

SUMMARY:

Name Searchinternetat-a.akamaidhd.net
Type Browser Hijacker.
Danger Level Medium.
Symptoms Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.
Distribution Method Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.
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Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net Virus

To try and remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net 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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!


36 Comments

  • Hi-
    I tried to follow your steps, but ran into some problems. I found it in both firefox and IE, removed the add-ons. I then uninstalled everything. Nothing was at the bottom of the text file you showed. Here’s the weird thing. Everything in “processes” and “startup” were in the correct folders. And when I went into the registry, I did find one instance of the virus in the IE folder, but not in the Firefox folder. I have not deleted the one instance in IE yet. I am stuck at the moment. I’m scanning my PC to see if my anti-virus finds it. If not, I’m not sure what to do. Perhaps use the one you have a link for on here?

    • You absolutely must have missed something in the registries. I’ll try to update the guide if I run into any new information, so look for that later. Also, try going into MSconfig, the Services tab and look for things that have “unknown manufacturer.” This is different from the Startup tab that I have in the guide, so do this too.
      The anti-virus program that we advertise is paid for, but it has a free scanner. You can definitely use that to try find Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net. I’d absolutely recommend this program for protection, but I see no reason to pay right now if you can manage on your own. At the very least try going through the guide again and check later for new information.
      Did the thing with MSconfig work? I really want to help you 🙂 If there’s anything else, ask away!

      EDIT: If your Control Panel, there should be a program called “Positive Find.” Uninstall it.

      • I’m going to go through the registries again later today. When I looked in MSConfig, all of the programs seemed to be legitimate. I will look through that again today. Do you think the one instance of it in the IE folder in the registry is the only one I need to delete for IE? It’s also weird that there is no such instance in the Mozilla folder even though it is still in Mozilla. Again, I will go through everything again today, and will let you know what I find. Thanks!

      • OK, so here’s what I’ve done so far (it appears I got searchinterneat… and esurf.biz viruses at the same time. I’ve looked for anything related to either of them.):

        1. Deleted add-ons and search settings I could find in IE and Firefox related to the virus.

        2. Uninstalled all the programs I could find in CP related to the virus.

        3. Looked at all processes in Task Manager.

        4. Found one service with unknown publisher in MSConfig, deleted it. Found none in start-up.

        5. Deleted all the items I could find in the registry.

        6. Scanned with my McAfee–found nothing.

        7. Downloaded Spy Hunter for scan. It found ~50 more items in registry and in files. I deleted all of them.

        8. I reset IE. No change. I haven’t reset Firefox because it seemed to do no good with IE.

        9. Firefox and IE both start up with “esurf.biz” page no matter what settings I apply. The virus is entrenched and there are obviously instances of it I can’t find. It has been on my computer for ~12 hours, and the computer has been disconnected from the internet for most of that time. Already it was everywhere. I think I got a bunch of it, but not all of it.

        10. I am now stuck. Turning off the computer until I can figure out my next step. These steps aren’t in order, and I may be forgetting something or leaving something out. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

        Thanks.

  • None of it worked. I have windows 8.1 and I’ve tried everything you said, windows just can’t find anything wrong. Not in Firefox, IE or chrome. Nothing. I don’t know what else to do, I installed the program, but I can’t pay anything since I’m a student.

    • Don’t worry. Did you try doing everything else in the removal guide? Did you encounter anything suspicious in your Task Manager? I’m just making sure you did everything correctly. Try one more time with the guide, maybe you missed something. Anything you’re not sure of, ask me here in the comments. You are definitely not obligated to pay for anything, I’m just gonna help you 🙂 Don’t sweat, we’ll try to fix your problem.

  • Ditto nada success. I’ve done these manual removals for years, so the steps made sense, but didn’t find the root.
    I found it in IE, Chrome, and Firefox. Removed all.
    Nothing in Control Panal – Programs.
    Hosed rhe registry several times – removed 3 references.
    It’s still tjere, and I missed no steps, twice.
    Ah well…

    • Here’s how I finally removed it: I ran as many adware/spyware cleaners as I could to find as many bad files as possible: Malwarebytes, SpyHunter, SuperAntiSpyware, etc. I removed a ton of files and registry entries. It was still there. What I finally found was that in the properties of the Firefox and the IE icon on my desktop, the target path was messed-up. Once I found this, I was rejoicing because I knew this was the problem.

      Right click each browser icon on your desktop, right click the program, and then right click “properties”. Once this dialog box comes up, there is a “Target” pathway that is editable. That will be wrong because of the virus. Change the paths back to default, and the problem will be gone. For IE, my default was: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”. For Firefox, it was: “”C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”. Luckily, I had my laptop, and just looked at the paths on there, then edited them in the browser icon properties dialog box.

      Hope this helps other poor souls out there. This was a nightmare to remove.

  • Here’s how I finally removed it: I ran as many adware/spyware cleaners as I could to find as many bad files as possible: Malwarebytes, SpyHunter, SuperAntiSpyware, etc. I removed a ton of files and registry entries. It was still there. What I finally found was that in the properties of the Firefox and the IE icon on my desktop, the target path was messed-up. Once I found this, I was rejoicing because I knew this was the problem.

    Right click each browser icon on your desktop, right click the program, and then right click “properties”. Once this dialog box comes up, there is a “Target” pathway that is editable. That will be wrong because of the virus. Change the paths back to default, and the problem will be gone. For IE, my default was: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”. For Firefox, it was: “”C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”. Luckily, I had my laptop, and just looked at the paths on there, then edited them in the browser icon properties dialog box.

    Hope this helps other poor souls out there. This was a nightmare to remove.

  • Hi Quinn,

    Well i really don’t know what to say. I cannot explain anything in a more simply way then it is written in the guide. If you are having troubles you should maybe have your parents purchase an anti-malware program that can do it automatically. Click on one of the banners in our page.

    • Ok. Good news is searchinterneat did not return again. Thank you for the page that help me to fix my computer.
      But, do you have a page for fixing bluestacks? Because, every time I open Growtopia in bluestacks, a black screen appears then it will close.
      Give me the URL then I will fix it myself. Thanks again 🙂

      • Hi Quinn,

        I have no idea what bluestacks are. If you can describe the problem in more detail or send a screenshot maybe I can help.

          • Ah, I see.

            As far as I can tell this is an issue with the program itself, not the cause of malware. Your best bet is finding a forum that deals with this program.

          • Hi again 🙂 is Mcafee internet security is advisable as a protection to computer malware or virus.
            Sorry, can’t paste the picture cuz it says “Unfortunately your image upload failed. Please verify that your
            image is under 2MB. If you continue seeing this error, please try again
            later.”
            But I’ll try next time

          • Hi Quinn,

            McAfee is OK, though I would still recommend SpyHunter – mostly due to the daily updates it gets on virus definitions.

            You can upload the image to Imgur or another hosting site and give the the link.

  • Good job Eric, you pretty much summarized a few of the steps written in our guide. Avast free is OK if you don’t want to pay any money, but its updates are slow and incidents that like can happen.

  • Hi Quinn,

    If days have gone by without problem these issues are totally unrelated. You should contact Facebook for support.

  • Hi Julian, can you try resetting the settings of your chrome or firefox browser? For chrome you can just create a new profile from Settings -> accounts, for Mozilla write “about:support” (without the “”) in the URL bar and hit the refresh mozilla button.

    Did this fix it?

  • Hi again Quinn, I really ain’t sure where to look at. Can you give me some more details? Did you run that search yourself?

  • Hi Quinn,

    Firefox uses google as the default search engine. When you write something unfamiliar to firefox in the URL tab it automatically does a Google search.

  • The website itself just supplants the searches. The danger with it is that the search results it shows may be skewered with unsafe websites – there’s no way of telling if the same results would come from Google. My honest suggestion is to stay away from the website as much as you can.
    If you have difficulties finding the infected files, download Spyhunter from one of our ads – its scanner can help you track them down.

  • Hello there. I got sth below my localhost (step 4)
    These are the IPs :

    Edited by Mod.

    How can I fix it? Help pls

  • Hi Shannon, can you please check if the default search engine has been tampered with? You can find it by clickin on the three horizontal stripes button and looking at the settings there.

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