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PostSubject: iStart123   3/2/2015, 02:33

iStart123 is a virus that gets secretly attached to your web browsers and it is virtually impossible to remove. I know I had this happen to me today when I opened up Firefox. From what I've read, it comes attached to updates made by Java or Adobe Flash, so be aware of updating Java or Adobe Flash. I had spent just about the entire day today trying to figure out how to get rid of iStart123 and finally found the solution.

This is a 4 step process and you will need to do each one consecutively.

First download AdwCleaner (Free)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/...  and run it

second download JRT it is a junkware removal tool (Free)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/junkware-removal-tool/...  

third download malwarebytes this one has a free (trial) version or a premium version
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(once downloading and installing, if it doesn't do an auto update check-run one, then run a full Threat Scan. After the scan is done, go to Settings>Detection & Protection > non-malware > change the settings in the PUP and PUM to Treat as Malware if they aren't already set this way. Scan again.)

final step is to do a free online scan (This scan will ask you if you want to scan for pups tick YES)
http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/

I am also keeping the adwCleaner and JRT removal tool on my desktop and planning on doing a once a month Cleaning of my whole system.
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PostSubject: Re: iStart123   3/2/2015, 07:36

you know MJ I just done a java update yesterday and my pc feels sluggish this morning....I am off to investigate Suspect Suspect Suspect

thanks for the info hun cuddle cuddle


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PostSubject: Re: iStart123   3/2/2015, 13:25

Oh no! You would think with programs such as Java and Adobe that they would be a bit more careful in their "hidden" attachments. If I could prove which one was the culprit, I would definitely be sending them a very nasty email about them putting a virus on my pc!
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PostSubject: Re: iStart123   4/2/2015, 15:09

Thanks for the info mamaj. My pc. is running as fast as always. but i still did everything any way. I also have a full vertion of eset smart security on my pc. :) XX
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PostSubject: Re: iStart123   4/2/2015, 17:04

I done everything too, the 2nd one found 294 mini dump files on my pc that I didnt even know where there eeeeeppppp

I too have the eset full version and no malware or virus were detected cuddle


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PostSubject: Re: iStart123   4/2/2015, 17:37

You're welcome Jack, my pc wasn't running slow, not that I could tell anyway, but when that iStart changed my home page and I could not get rid of it, I went on a hunt in how to get rid of it and that's when I learned it was an actual virus and found these steps to take to get rid of it. I'm so glad I did because I did have a lot of "hidden" files but now they are all gone. :)
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