Yesterday, I found Internet-start.net was on my Google, and I thought it would be gone after I restart my computer. However, this morning when I start my computer and open Google to search some funny website, I see Google is not there but Internet-start.net becomes the homepage. I go to Internet settings and try to change the homepage back, but it fails. Now whenever I go browsing on Google, it just brings me to some strange sites with popping up many ads or banner message. Security tool also can’t find anything suspicious. What can I do now?
Internet-start.net is not a reliable homepage and search tool as Google, Yahoo or Bing search engine provider, but is assorted to be redirect infection or browser hijacker. This redirect infection would change homepage and search tool engine of your web browser like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox and so on. Once it gets on your computer, it will change browser settings, insert malicious extension, add-on or plugin into web browser and perform vicious activities. And you will find many different kinds of products ads, banner message or flash pictures flying over the webpage you’re browsing. Internet speed is somehow slowed down suddenly. When you open many tabs at the same time, you will find web browser gets stuck or crashes down and you will have to restart your web browser. Sometimes, you even can’t access the Internet as your DNS setting is changed. Internet-start.net redirect also could generate junk files to occupy too much system capacity to slow down computer performance. With coming of this browser hijacker, other virus or malware would get into your computer through those popup things. Many infections will severely affect computer function.
Internet-start.net redirect infection will also spy on your online activities and record important and profitable information that you filled in online form. For example, when you purchase online things, it will write down your payment issue like credit card detail or online banking account data, and then this hijacker will send the information to remote hackers. Remote hacker creates this kind of browser hijackers mainly to steal victims’ information for illegal market profits. To avoid putting your personal privacy information into risk state, you should figure out a way to protect your machine from being compromised with this Internet-start.net redirect. Cyber criminal usually spread it on the Internet. Therefore, you should not visit unsafe and vicious websites where popups are flying over there. If you accidentally open malicious site, please soon close it. And don’t click on unwanted pop-up ads, or this redirect or other infection will get installed into computer. In a word, when you’re on the Internet, you should be careful with what you open and browse.
1. It changes your default homepage and search engine provider to be Internet-start.net and redirects you to potentially dangerous websites.
2. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
3. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
4. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
5. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
6. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Internet-start.net hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Internet-start.net redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Internet-start.net hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Internet-start.net is just a fake search homepage not a reliable search tool as Google, Bing and Yahoo search. But instead it is a browser hijacker to hijack many different web browsers like Internet explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. This redirect infection can change browser settings, modify your default homepage search engine provider to be Internet-start.net and redirect you to potentially dangerous websites. And you will be interrupted by endless popups. Due to coming of this browser hijacker, DNS would be somehow changed and Internet speed becomes slower. Opening many tabs on browser, you will find browser will soon get stuck and freeze. Even worse, redirect infection can bring other malware and virus into targeted computer and help cyber criminals to pilfer users’ personal data for illegal market profits. Therefore, you’re strongly suggested to eliminate Internet-start.net hijacker immediately.
Published by & last updated on November 13, 2015 9:05 am