You might wonder why I am doing a piece of istartsurf.com, when there’s already an article on istart.webssearches.com down below. Well, yeah, you’ve got me. These two search engines are practically one and the same, but you know, it wouldn’t hurt just to be sure. So what is istartsurf.com? Well, a search engine, and most probably a browser hijacker. Which is obvious. Now, if you have this bugger on your browser, then it is quite clear that you need to remove istartsurf.com ASAP. I wouldn’t want to have it. No sir.
But wait! Someone might say. Why the hell not? It looks nice and sophisticated and for all we know it might work just fine. Well, to be honest, the same can be applied to all the other browser hijackers out there from the same family. Istartsurf.com looks nice. Yes. Istartsurf.com provides you with shortcuts to Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, eBay and other popular websites. Yes. Also true. But it also collects info on what sites you visit and it displays commercial ads. Although commercials are an inescapable part of our lives, these are the types of ads you might want to avoid. After all, istartsurf.com is not an application we can trust.
So what’s exactly wrong with it? To start with, it’s distribution method. I think you and I know that browser hijackers and computer infections in general don’t just waltz in uninvited out in the open. You may initiate the download process; istartsurf.com will enter the system bundled with freeware and adware apps. That’s another heads-up for you – if your default homepage and search engine changes to istartsurf.com, chances are that you have more than just one bugger on board. Maybe it’s about time to run a full system scan and check for other potential threats? I would do that if I were you.
Of course, I’m not implying here that istartsurf.com is an extremely dangerous infection. It will not destroy your system or anything. But! It may function as a tool for cybercriminals. Since istartsurf.com displays commercial ads, hackers and malevolent third parties might as well embed their own content into them. After all, istartsurf.com does not check what kinds of links get embedded into them ads. So, the next time you click on a pop-up ad, better stop and think whether you really want to land on a website you do not recognize. Perhaps it could result in something serious!
Okay then, let’s go to the removal. Unfortunately, removing istartsurf.com might be someone of a tedious process. You will need to remove all the unknown and potentially dangerous applications from your PC and then reset your browser settings to default. On TOP OF THAT, you should invest in a licensed antispyware tool because if you’re not a computer security expert, who knows what might be hiding in your hard drive this very moment!
Delete unwanted programs
- Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
- Click Settings on Charm bar and go to Control panel.
- Select Uninstall a program and remove unwanted programs.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Click Start menu and select Control panel.
- Open Uninstall a program and remove unnecessary apps.
- Open Start menu and navigate to Control Panel.
- Select Add or remove programs and uninstall unwanted applications.
Restore browser settings to default
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Select Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings. Click Reset.
- Press Close.
- Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
- Click Reset Firefox at the top right of a new tab.
- Click Reset Firefox on confirmation box.
- Press Finish.
- Press Alt+F and click Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll to the bottom and press Reset browser settings button.
- Click Reset on a confirmation box.