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Windows 7: How di I really remove Istart.websearches ? (Windows 7)

21 Nov 2014   #1
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit
 
 
How di I really remove Istart.websearches ? (Windows 7)

I just got this cr-p on my PC. Yes, I have removed the related software using Revo Uninstaller (like the Cleanup Woman it really cleans up) and followed several guides on the net purporting to remove the thing - no go.

The problem is, this is a PC where I don't have administrative privileges and so cannot install any malware- and/or adware remover. Else I'd run, say, MalwareBytes and be rid of it.

It appears I cleaned out Chrome, so that's OK. IE is another story. I just can't get rid of it there.

Any I deas what I might do? (Remember: no Admin privileges).


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21 Nov 2014   #2
Shimshom

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi and welcome to 7F. Is there more than 1 account on the computer or just one standard user account. Is there an admin account also but you don't know the password?
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21 Nov 2014   #3
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shimshom View Post
Hi and welcome to 7F. Is there more than 1 account on the computer or just one standard user account. Is there an admin account also but you don't know the password?
Thank you Shimsom. I work for the municipality here, it's their PC and it's on the municipality intranet.

Thus, I am the only user and would have to have the SysAdmin come and work his magic - i.e. get root access.

I'd like to fix this on my own, though, if at all possible.
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21 Nov 2014   #4
indianacarnie

 

Welcome to the forums Admiral Awesome!

You could try running ESET's online scanner, its very good at what it does. Reading their FAQ, it seems like a way to accomplish what you need. I'll link to their FAQ page, theres a link there for their on-line scanner also. See # 4 especially. Hope this helps. Online scanner FAQ - ESET Knowledgebase

Have you tried resetting IE?
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21 Nov 2014   #5
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Welcome to the forums Admiral Awesome!

You could try running ESET's online scanner, its very good at what it does. Reading their FAQ, it seems like a way to accomplish what you need. I'll link to their FAQ page, theres a link there for their on-line scanner also. See # 4 especially. Hope this helps. Online scanner FAQ - ESET Knowledgebase

Have you tried resetting IE?
Thanks indianacarnie. I tried most everything before I posted. I googled 'online adware malware scanner no installation' but all the sites I tried that advertised 'online scanner' wanted to install something. ESET would have been OK but they say: 'Cannot get update. Is Proxy configured?'

This surprised me somewhat as I d/l torrents and whatnot no problem. Anyway, proxy config is admin business so it's back to square one.

How do I reset IE?
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21 Nov 2014   #6
indianacarnie

 

Open IE > click on the Gear Icon in upper right corner > click on Internet Options > choose Advanced then click the Reset button. In the box that comes up (reset internet explorer settings) choose "Delete Personal Settings" > click Reset. When its done, click close and then restart IE.
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21 Nov 2014   #7
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit
 
 

Right, I'd do that only I left work 45 mins ago (I'm on GMT+1) but will do it first thing Monday. Thx for the instrux.

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21 Nov 2014   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You can also follow this guide to manually remove it from IE
How to remove Adware from Internet Explorer
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21 Nov 2014   #9
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
You can also follow this guide to manually remove it from IE
How to remove Adware from Internet Explorer
Thank you. I'll try it Monday.
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21 Nov 2014   #10
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Admiral Awesome,

If nothing else works, HitmanPro.Kickstart removes the Istart.websearches...

If there is another computer available with Admin rights, you may want to try the following:

In your case (no Admin rights), create a CD with the Sidekick image.
Download and instruction manual: HitmanPro.Kickstart - Anti ransomware, politievirus, bundestrojaner, Reveton, BKA, GVU - SurfRight
ISO located in the grey area on the right, under: Sidekick CD/DVD

Also, create the USB pen drive with HitmanPro.Kickstart

Insert the CD/DVD and the USB pen drive into the infected computer.

Boot from the >>CD/DVD<< on the infected machine. The HitmanPro software starts from the pen drive by the Kickstart bootloader.


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