Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net Malware Removal From Chrome/Firefox

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This article aims to help users remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net (sometimes misspelled search internet akamaihd net or search simple akamaihd net)  from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.

Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net Virus

Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net is a rapidly spreading Adware application that needs to be removed from the infected computer as soon as possible. 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

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. 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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Navigation:
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net Virus

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STEP 1:

UPDATE! You can visit this article for an updated version of the guide: Remove Pop-Up Ads from Chrome/Firefox (Adware Virus)

Our first step here 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 Users:

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. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 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).

Continue with Step 2.

STEP 2:

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Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net infected all of your internet browsers and since the injection of Ads into the browser is integral to the work of the virus removing it from there is a number one priority. To do that look up and execute Step 2 and Step 3 in that succession for EVERY browser that is currently installed on your PC. This means ALL browsers – if one is installed then it must be cleaned, regardless of when was the last time you actually used it. Make sure you are through, because if even one copy of the virus remain it might be enough for Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net to clone itself from that remaining copy and re-infect everything else you just cleaned.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net Virus Removal From FIrefox

Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net Virus Removal From Chrome

 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.


safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.

STEP 3:

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.

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Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.

STEP 4:

Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net and anything else suspicious-looking. 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 Uninstallchoose NO:

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Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. 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:

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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.

Go to STEP 5.

STEP 5:

Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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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.

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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd 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.

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Move on to STEP 6.

STEP 6:

Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 

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Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “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 the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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STEP 7 – Optimization

We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.

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  • BK

    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?

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      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.

       
      • BK

        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!

         
      • BK

        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.

         
  • Bianca

    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.

     
    • Stefan Sadakov

      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.

       
  • DufferMac

    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…

     
    • BK

      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.

       
  • BK

    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.

     
    • Marshall Gabriel

      how do u know your IE?

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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.

     
    • Quinn

      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 🙂

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        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.

         
        • Quinn

          A BlueStacks is an app of a computer. It allows you to have an android INSIDE a desktop

           
          • HowToRemove.Guide Team

            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.

             
          • Quinn

            Thank you. 🙂

             
          • HowToRemove.Guide Team

            You are welcome 🙂

             
          • Quinn

            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

             
          • HowToRemove.Guide Team

            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.

             
        • Quinn

          that is the problem of my bluestacks

           
        • Quinn

          That is the home screen of blue stacks

           
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Quinn,

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

     
    • Quinn

      Ok….. You answer even unrelated issues or questions….. That is awesome and nice :)….

       
      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Doing my best 🙂

         
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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.

     
  • Sage Moore

    I appear to have other IPs below my localhost. How do I deal with them?

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello Sage,

      Can you tell us the exact IPs in question?

       
  • Stefani

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

    Edited by Mod.

    How can I fix it? Help pls

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello Stefani,

      We believe you should delete those entries from your hosts file.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi, pretty much. Anything that has a chinese-sounding name.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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.