Remove Istsearch.com – browser hijacker removal guide

By | september 19, 2014
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The Istsearch.com (Spellso) browser hijacker is bundled with certain free software in the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP’s). Websearch.fixsearch.info is considered a browser hijacker because it changes the default homepage and search-engine of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome without your permission. Furthermore, This kind of browser hijackers can also change the default target of the browser shortcuts, which ensures that the browser will always open with the Istsearch.com browser hijacker.

How did I get infected with the Istsearch.com browser hijacker?

As already mentioned, this type of browser hijackers are bundled with free software downloaded from Softonic, Cnet, Brothersoft and similar downloadsites. While installing certain free programs that may contain additional adware like the Istsearch.com browser hijacker, it is important that you pay attention to the End User License Agreements (EULA), and the installation procedure. When you have the possibility of an Custom or Advanced installation option, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other (unwanted) software will also be installed.

How to get rid of Istsearch.com and other adware?

When the Istsearch.com browser hijacker is installed on your computer without your knowledge, it is not easy to remove. Unfortunately, there is no Uninstall Programs entry that uninstalls Istsearch.com from your computer. In this case, you need to use the specialized tools found in this removal guide to cleanup your computer. To remove this browser hijacker from your computer and clean the affected shortcuts of the installed browsers, please use the Istsearch.com removal guide below.

All programs that we recommend are completely free to use. AdwCleaner, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro have a very good detection for adware and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Remove Istsearch.com – browser hijacker removal guide

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Istsearch.com removal guide – overview

  1. Uninstall / Remove  unwanted programs from the softwarelist.
  2. Remove Istsearch.com adware with AdwCleaner
  3. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove Istsearch.com
  4. Run a scan with HitmanPro to remove the remnants and other unwanted software
  5. Remove Istsearch.com from Internet Explorer – How to remove Adware from Internet Explorer
  6. Remove Istsearch.com from Firefox – How to remove Adware from Mozilla Firefox
  7. Remove Istsearch.com from Google Chrome – How to remove Adware from Google Chrome

 

Remove adware - Windows 7 Uninstall / remove adware – Windows 7

  • Go to Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program.
  • Now you will see a screen to uninstall or change a program.
  • Search for the name of the ‘adware’ and click on Uninstall/Change.
  • You need to confirm the uninstall process follow these steps to remove this program from your computer.
  • Click OK to proceed with the removal process of the program.

Remove adware - Windows 8 Uninstall / remove adware – Windows 8

  • Move the pointer to the top right corner, then move the pointer down to display the charms bar.
  • You can also use the the Windows + C keys to open the charms bar.
  • Type in the search box Control Panel and then click on the Control Panel button.
  • Navigate to “Program and Features” and double-click to open it.
  • Search for the name of the ‘adware’ and click on Uninstall/Change.
  • You need to confirm the uninstall process follow these steps to remove this program from your computer.
  • Click OK to proceed with the removal process of the program.

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Remove adware with AdwCleaner Remove Istsearch.com adware with AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner by Xplode is a free and portable program to remove Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer. By using this instruction of AdwCleaner you can easily remove many of these types of unwanted programs from your computer. The types of unwanted programs and adware that AdwCleaner targets are bundled with free software that you download from the internet.

Download AdwCleaner (direct link to the official website of AdwCleaner)

  • Download AdwCleaner (from the download button above) to your desktop.
  • Important! Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to start the program
  • Windows Vista/ 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Click on the scan button,
  • When the scan is ready click on the Clean butten.

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  • Your desktop icons will be disappear, this is normal so don’t be worry about that.
  • Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
  • Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
  • Close the text file that opens after the restart, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click now on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove AdwCleaner from your computer.

 

Remove malware with MBAM Remove Istsearch.com with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is a surprisingly effective anti-malware program that let you check the presence of malware. But Malwarebytes has also a very strong detection of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP’s), only the PUP detection will show up unchecked on the results list by default. You have to manually check them for removal.

Tip: If you want more advanced features and the real-time protection you can purchase the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware that will protect you from being infected.

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  • Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (from the download button above) to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-2.0.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware.
  • A 14 day trial of the Premium features is pre-selected. You may deselect this if you wish, and it will not diminish the scanning and removal capabilities of the program.
  • Then click Finish. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • On the Settings tab > Detection and Protection subtab, Detection Options, tick the box ‘Scan for rootkits‘.
  • Click on the Scan tab, then click on Scan Now >> . If an update is available, click the Update Now button.
  • With some infections, you may see this message box.
  • ‘Could not load DDA driver’
  • Click ‘Yes’ to this message, to allow the driver to load after a restart.
  • Allow the computer to restart. Continue with the rest of these instructions.
  • When the scan is complete, click Apply Actions.
  • Wait for the prompt to restart the computer to appear, then click on Yes.

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Remove malware and adware with HitmanPro Remove Istsearch.com with HitmanPro

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  • Please download HitmanPro to your desktop from one of the download buttons above.
  • Double click on HitmanPro to start the program, if you are experiencing problems while trying to start HitmanPro, you can use the Force Breach mode.
  • To start HitmanPro in Force Breach mode, hold down the left CTRL-key when you double click on HitmanPro and all non-essential processes will be terminated, including the malware processes.
  • HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
  • The program will start to scan the computer. The scan will typically take no more than 2-3 minutes.
  • Click on the next button and choose the option activate free license
  • Click on the next button and the infections where will be deleted.
  • Click on the next button and restart the computer.

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