Short bio

Adware.IStartSurf is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for a family of adware often installed by bundlers on Windows systems.


Adware.IStartSurf uses hijacked search results to deliver their advertisements on the affected system. Often, they also change the start page to their own search site.


Malwarebytes blocks Adware.IStartSurf by using real-time protection.

block Adware.IStartSurf

Malwarebytes blocks Adware.IStartSurf


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.IStartSurf without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

We recommend users that have had their browsers hijacked to have a look at our browser restore page.

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