InterStat removal instructions
What is InterStat?
The InterStat application claims to allow users to check and observe their Internet speed. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that it is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by InterStat to install on computers without users' consent. Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install InterStat during download of free software from freeware download websites. Following successful infiltration, InterStat generates intrusive online advertisements including in-text, pop-up/under, banner, and display ads. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, InterStat continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geographic locations), web browser data including cookies, web beacons, search queries entered, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar details that may be personally identifiable. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. InterStat is similar to other adware that employs bundling as an installation method. For example: SpeedChecker, CheckMeUp, SpeedCheck, and IneedSpeed among many others. These applications are useless to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and enforcing unwanted browser redirects. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate InterStat from your Internet browsers.
Close examination of InterStat reveals that it is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others. Download managers are used by these websites as free service monetization tools, since they offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% virus-free') browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be avoided by paying close attention during the download of free software and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered. Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If your system is infected with InterStat adware, read the removal instructions provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted program from your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in InterStat adware distribution:
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- What is InterStat?
- STEP 1. Uninstall InterStat application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove InterStat ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove InterStat advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by InterStat' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove InterStat ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
InterStat adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
Another variant of InterStat adware is named "BandwidthStat":
In the uninstall programs window, look for "InterStat"or "BandwidthStat", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes InterStat ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove InterStat adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, InterStat installed no browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gears" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the interstat or bandwidthstat adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the interstat or bandwidthstat adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with interstat or bandwidthstat adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the interstat or bandwidthstat adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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