InetStat is an adware-type program that may display intrusive ads and may expose users to potentially dangerous websites

InetStat adware
InetStat is adware classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program. Upon installation, it may generate intrusive advertisements and try to promote affiliated websites

InetStat adware
InetStat is adware classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program. Upon installation, it may generate intrusive advertisements and try to promote affiliated websites

InetStat is a program that claims to be a great tool that allows monitoring downloading and uploading speed. However, it is classified as an adware and potentially unwanted program (PUP) by many security researchers. It has been noticed that this program may infiltrate computers unnoticed and then cause various ads during their browsing. Since it is a Russian application, it is specifically targeted at Russian users. Unfortunately, other users cannot feel safe from this program as well because its developers are constantly updating it.

The first sign showing that the InetStat virus is inside your computer is a widget on your desktop. Its function may seem really useful at first but the longer you have it, the more disappointed you may become. In fact, most of the PC users who have downloaded this program on the system complain about unpleasant browsing experience, redirects, slowdowns, and similar issues.

Beware that InetStat ads may redirect you to affiliate websites or may lure you into buying something useless. This is not the only suspicious activity that this program may initiate behind your back. It seems that it may also connect to the Internet without your permission. As we know, it may access the Internet via Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, open website automatically and download various adware and PUPs on your computer.

Beware that such activity can lead your computer to slowdowns, increased vulnerability, and serious virus or malware infections. Therefore, InetStat removal using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or other security software is recommended. Moreover, upon InetStat removal, experts recommend fixing the system with a repair tool, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Adware programs can hijack computers upon freeware download 

If you really believe that it’s useful, you can download this questionable application from its official site interstat(dot)eu. However, in most of cases, InetStat infiltrates computers without users’ will and consent. Most frequently, it is distributed in a bundle with free software via questionable download websites.

Usually, it comes in a bundle with DolphinDeals, FabulousDiscounts, Plus-HD, and some other potentially unwanted programs. Therefore, if you have installed InetStat adware, probably you will have to remove it as well as the aforementioned programs.

To avoid this, be very careful when downloading and installing free programs. Avoid visiting suspicious-looking websites and try downloading free programs from reputable sources. If you have no other option as to download the unfamiliar programs from a suspicious website, take your time and install it very carefully.

Choose Advanced or Custom installation and monitor every step. If you see suggestions to install additional tools, decline them without hesitation. If you have already installed the InetStat extension and started noticing its suspicious activities, you should remove it immediately to restore the previous browser’s settings and avoid serious issues.

Learn how to remove InetStat virus from your PC

No matter that technically InetStat is not a virus, it has no real value either. Therefore, it is better to remove it before it causes serious problems on your computer. Beware that it might be difficult because it does not have an uninstaller. Therefore, you will have to stop inetstat.exe process and remove its files manually or use a reputable anti-spyware in order to perform it automatically.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

Uninstall InetStat from Windows systems

If you have downloaded this useless program on Windows and cannot remove it now, follow the instructions below.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features’ (if you are ‘Windows XP’ user, click on ‘Add/Remove Programs’).” title=”Click ‘Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features’ (if you are ‘Windows XP’ user, click on ‘Add/Remove Programs’).”></li>
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  2. Uninstall InetStat and related programs
    Here, look for InetStat or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  3. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete InetStat from Mac OS X system

Mac OS is less prone to malware infections. If, nevertheless, you Mac shows InetStat ads when you are trying to browse the web, here’s what you have to do:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for InetStat or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of InetStat from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for InetStat and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete InetStat removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase InetStat from Microsoft Edge

InetStat removal is not sufficient to disable unwanted advertisements on the web browser. You should also disable questionable extensions within the browser’s settings.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details'Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, InetStat should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove InetStat from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select InetStat and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete InetStat removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate InetStat from Google Chrome

If Google Chrome generates ads by InetStat even after you removed the program, the culprit is an add-on residing under Chrome’s settings. Thus, we recommend resetting the web browser’s settings to default.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select InetStat and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines…, remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete InetStat removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall InetStat from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for InetStat or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari…. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete InetStat removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button