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.
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.
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|Distribution Method||Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.|
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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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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.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new 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.
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.
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.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net . 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click 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.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to 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.
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.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
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 Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
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! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. 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.
Move on to 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.
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—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.