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How to Remove iStartsurf.com Search Page (Removal Help)


Im not sure how this got on my computer but the other day all of a sudden when I start my computer and click to start my internet connection this page iStartsurf.com starts as my homepage. Im not sure how this got on my computer since I have not changed my homepage or added this page to my system. That being said I have tried to go into my system to the best of my ability and remove this page/site and restore my homepage settings from google chrome but every time I delete it and then shut down my system or leave my settings page and close my internet browser when I start up again or log into internet browser this damn page comes up again and again. How the hell do I remove it and how in the hell did it get here in the first place? Please let me know asap so I can fix this. Thank you for you time on this matter.

Explanation & Answer.

Istartsurf.com is a browser hijacker and works into your computer as a search engine. It setup as a homepage om your browser. IStartsurf.com comes into computer for display the advertisements into your computer. They simply wants to grab the your clicks on their advertisements & sponsored links. They release their advertisements in your computer screen as a POPUPS Ads and while you search through  iStartsurf.com results.



iStartsurf.com comes into computer through free software’s installation or free download’s installations. iStartsurf.com installs into your computer while installing these type of softwares. It installs silently, their installation process bar is completely hidden. Means you don’t know what is installing in the background.

iStartsurf.com installs into computer as a browser extension and once it installed into your browser it can take over all the major settings of browsers. The major affected settings are: Default search engine, homepage, URL search settings, New tab start page setting and lot of other also may hamper. Once its installer installed iStartsurf.com into computer they installed in all popular browsers like: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and safari as well.

Once iStartsurf.com installed into computer, it is very hard to remove it from computer because while installing it creates lot registry and file & folder traces and if you go to uninstall with their own uninstaller it may won’t remove all the those traces successfully. Being this may be remain traces will call iStartsurf.com to comes again into computer. So we do not trust their single remain traces we have to remove all the traces completely to get rid of iStartsurf.com permanently. We had researched on iStartsurf.com and here are mentioned all the removal guide step by step. You just have to follow all them one by one or you may use our automatic fix-it to fix it.

How to be protected iStartsurf.com in future. To prevent this infection you have be careful while installing anything into computer. You should’t trust any 3rd party downloading websites (CNET, Softsonic etc) to download anything. You just have to download anything either their own website or trusted source. These type of 3rd part downloading websites offers their own downloader to download the software which you want to download and when you install their downloaded their sponsored Adwares (iStartsurf.com) installs in the background you even can’t see their installation process bar.

You should not trust email’s attachment files if you don’t know much about sender. Don’t open any unknown & unwanted emails, just ignore them.

To remove it we are giving you two options to fix it.1) Automatic Fixit Tool. 2) Manual Removal Guide. You can get rid of this by both ways. You can choose any of both to fix it. So follow the following instructions to get rid of iStartsurf.com.

Let us know at info@techsupportall.com if have any type of question & doubt.

Removal Instructions

Automatic Fixit

Download Adware Remover Tool v3.9 to remove iStartsurf.com Automatically, It’s a Freeware utility specially designed for Adware Removal. This tool can remove most of the Adwares from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla Firefox and from their registry traces as well..



Manual Steps

Step 1 : To Uninstall iStartsurf.com from computer

  • Click on Start button and then click on Control Panel.
  • Now click on Programs –> Uninstall a program or Program and Features (Windows-7, 8, Vista).
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Uninstall a program for Vista, 7, 8


  • For Windows XP users click on Add/Remove Programs.
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Uninstall a program for Windows xp
  • You will get a window which have listed all the installed programs.
  • Uninstall iStartsurf.com from there.
  • Also do uninstall all the programs which are listed in Suspicious Programs list below, if you find any installed into your computer. Because all these programs are unwanted. You should uninstall all them immediately if you found any.
Uninstall all unwanted programs
Uninstall all unwanted programs


Suspicious Programs list

  • iStartsurf.com
  • Browser defender
  • Browser protect
  • Browser protected by conduit
  • Delta search, Babylon
  • LessTabs
  • WebCake 3.0
  • Yealt
  • LyricsContainer
  • VideoSaver
  • AddLyrics
  • privacy safe gaurd
  • unfriend checker
  • Price peep today
  • Coupon amazine
  • TidyNetwork.com
  • DownloadTerms 1.0
  • Yontoo
  • Uninstall all the unwanted programs, which are not listed here.

Step 1.1 : Remove iStartsurf.com infection from windows shortcuts.

  • Right click on the shortcut of Internet Explorer and then do left click on the properties option. You’ll get a shortcut’s properties.
  • Click on shortcut tab and then delete the “www.iStartsurf.com/?utm” string from target field.
  • Need to delete this URL:



Repeat the above steps on all browser’s shortcuts like: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari in all location Desktop / Taskbar / Startmenu.

  • Remove iStartsurf.com infection from startmenu’s shortcuts.


  • Remove iStartsurf.com infection from taskbar’s shortcuts.




Step 2 : To Remove iStartsurf.com from Internet Explorer.

Step 2.1 : Remove iStartsurf.com from homepage

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab. Now look into under HOME PAGE Edit Box you got www.iStartsurf.com, replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.

Step 2.2 : Remove iStartsurf.com add-ons from Internet Explorer.

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (press “F10” key once to active menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened
  • click on Programs tab then click on Manage Addons, now you’ll get a window which have listed all the installed addons.
  • Now disable the iStartsurf.com add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted addons from this list. (As per below screenshot).


Step 2.3 : Reset Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar), click on Internet Option. A internet option window will open.
  • For IE9, IE10 users may click on Gear icon IE Gear Icon. Then click on tools.
  • Click on Advanced tab,then click on RESET button.
  • Now you will get a new popup for confirmation, tick mark on Delete personal setting then click on RESET button on that. (As shown on below screenshot)
  • Now your Internet Explorer has been Restored to default settings.

Internet Explorer Reset2

  • Now you will appear a popup stated “complete all the tasks”. After completion click on close button.

Step 3 : To Remove iStartsurf.com from Mozilla Firefox

Step 3.1 : Remove iStartsurf.com from Mozilla Hompeage

  • Open Mozilla Firefox, Click on Tools menu (If tools menu doesn’t appear then press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) then go to Options, after that a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab and then look on the very first section named as Startup. Under startup you will see a HOME PAGE Edit Box, under this edit box you will see www.iStartsurf.com, please replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.
  • Restart Firefox Browser

Step 3.2 : Remove iStartsurf.com from add-ons

  • Open Firefox and then go the Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar) click on Add-ons, you’ll get a page click on extensions from the left side pane. now look on right side pane you’ll get all the installed add-ons listed on there. Disable or Remove iStartsurf.com add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted add-ons from there. (As per below screen shot)


Step 3.3 : Reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox and then go the Helpmenu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar)
  • Go to Help menu then click on “Troubleshooting information”
    Note: you can also open this page in this ways, open Firefox then type this command in the address bar “about:support” (without quote) and then hit enter or OK.
  • You will get a page “Troubleshooting information” page, here you will get “Reset Firefox” option in the right side of the page.
  • Click on Reset Firefox option. and follow their instruction to reset.
  • Now your Mozilla Firefox has been Restored to default settings.

Firefox Reset1

Firefox Reset2

Step 4 : To Remove iStartsurf.com from Google Chrome

Step 4.1 : Remove unwanted homepage & search engine from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), click on Settings. You will get a configuration page.
  • Under configuration page find a option named as “Open a specific page or set of pages” click on their Set Pages. A another window will come up. Here you will appear the bunch of URL’s under “Set pages”. Delete all them and then enter only one which you want to use as your home page.
Google Chrome Homepage step1
Google Chrome Homepage Reset step1
Google Chrome Homepage2
Google Chrome Homepage reset step 2
  • In the same configuration page click on Manage search engines button. Delete all the search engines from there, just keep only www.goole.com as your default search Engine.
Google Chrome Homepage3
Google Chrome search engine step 3
Google Chrome Homepage4
Google Chrome search engine step 4
Google Chrome Homepage5
Google Chrome search engine Step5

Step 4.2 : Remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), then click on Tools then, click on Extensions. (As shown on below screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions1

  • You will get a configuration page. which have listed all the installed extensions, Remove iStartsurf.com extension & also remove all the unknown / unwanted extensions from there. To remove them, click on remove (recycle bin) icon Google Chrome remove extensions button(as shown on screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions2

Step 4.3 : Reset Google Chrome

  1. Close all Google Chrome browser’s window.
  2. Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) on your keyboard , you’ll get Run box.
  3. For windows xp: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.For windows 7,8,vista: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.
  4. In the default folder location, Rename a file, named as “Preferences“ to “Preferences.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Preferences file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Preferences file, now rename the text “Preferences” to “Preferences.old”)
  5. In the same default folder location, Rename one more file, named as “Web Data“ to “Web Data.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Web Data file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Web Data file, now rename the text “Web Data” to “Web Data.old”)
  6. Now start your Google chrome, it should be restored to default settings.

Step 5 : To Remove iStartsurf.com from Registry

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “REGEDIT” into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a registry editor window.
  • In the registry editor, click on Edit menu and then click on find option, you’ll get edit box to search any string into registry editor
  • Type “iStartsurf.com” into the find box and then click on Find Next.
  • The search result will highlight the key or value which have contains the iStartsurf.com string.
  • Now delete the Registry Key/Value/Value-Data if any one contains “iStartsurf.com” string (must see the example screenshot below)
    Note:- Do not delete the complete value data, just delete the iStartsurf.com path only (for example see screenshot3 below)
  • Use F3 key to find Next. and do the last step to all results.
  • We are giving you the example on “Conduit” Adware.

Screenshot 1


Screenshot 2


Screenshot 3


Step 6 : To Remove iStartsurf.com from Autorun Tasks

  • Click on Start button and then do Right-Click on the computer and then do left-click on Manage. A manage window will appear.
  • In the manage window click on Tasks Scheduler from right side pane, then click on “Task Scheduler Library“, Now look on left side pane and Remove all the Tasks which have contains iStartsurf.com string and also remove all the unknown / unwanted tasks from there (As per the screenshot below).


Step 7 : To Remove iStartsurf.com from Startup

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Startup tab, here you’ll get all the startup entries, so look on the list and then do Un-check the entries which is contains iStartsurf.com. Also Un-check all the others entries which you found unwanted. then click on OK to apply all the changes.


Step 8 : To Remove iStartsurf.com from Services

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG” into the run box then click on OK. . You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Services tab, here you’ll get all the startup services list, click on “Hide Windows Services” all the windows related services will be hidden. now it’s only display the 3rd party installed services, now look on the list and then do Un-check the service which have contains iStartsurf.com. Also Un-check all the unknown / unwanted services. then click on OK to apply all the changes.


Step 9 : To remove iStartsurf.com registry entries with Adwcleaner.exe

Here is the proper step-by-step guide to remove any adware from registry, please follow the steps.

9.1 : Download AdwCleaner from the below link.

Click Here to Download: Adwcleaner.exe

9.2 : Run that downloaded file (Adwcleaner.exe).

9.3 : When you get it started, click on scan button to search the iStartsurf.com files and registry entries (As shown below screenshot).


9.5 : When scanning process will be finished, click on Clean button to delete all the iStartsurf.com files and registry entries (as shown on below screenshot)


Step 10 : To remove iStartsurf.com with Hitman-Pro

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x32bit.exe

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x64bit.exe



Step 11 : To remove iStartsurf.com with Malwarebytes.

11.1 : Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then double click on it to install it.

Click Here to Download Malwarebytes.exe

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11.2 : Update online Virus Definition

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11.3 : Tick mark on “Perform quick scan” then click on Scan

11.4 : When the scan done click on “Show results”How to use malwarebytes

11.5 : After clicking on Show result it will you a another window where you will get the found threats. Click on “Remove Selected”

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This post was last updated on:2014-09-22 | First Published:2014-08-03

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  18. sir, i did all the step above but this istartsurf.com is still there… please help me?? im begging u..

    • Did you tried manual steps or automatic removal tools? Anyway, we’ll tell you what you need do. Follow the following steps:

      Step1. Uninstall all the unwanted & unknown programs from control panel which you may got installed recently. You can click on “installed on” section in control panel –> “uninstall programs” to filter this list by the date. You can use REVO Uninstaller Tool if you face any problem while uninstalling any program. (Note: you can skip that step if you don’t see any unwanted / unknown program)

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      Step3. Run Adwcleaner – Download here

      Step4. If above steps doesn’t work for you then you have to follow the manual removal steps. The manual removal will definitely get rid of Istartsurf.com from root.

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          To diagnose this issue, we need all the logs files which our software has created while running. You can reach the logs folder by clicking on LOG (report) button on our software’s home screen. Do compress all the text files from that folder to a zip file and then e-mail us to at info@techsupportall.com, then we’ll give you the solution for that.

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