This page aims to help you remove the Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Browser hijackers are certainly no fun to have around and they can easily qualify as the most annoying type of software out there. They like to flood our Chrome, Firefox or other browsers with various irritating online ads, such as popups and banners, and redirect us to pages every now and then without any forewarning even. Not to mention the changes these programs make to our browser settings, like changing the homepage and setting a new default search engine. And to top it all off, you can’t even set those back to their original state so long as the browser hijacker is on your computer. The reason we’ve created this article is due to one of the newest programs of this type that’s called Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus. We’ve been receiving complaints about it from a number of our readers, so we’ve decided to lend them a helping hand and offer a removal guide for this hijacker. You can find it below this article and use it to fully uninstall Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus from your computer, together with all its ads and annoying attributes. But before you do, you may want to read through the following information first.
What is a browser hijacker and what is it for?
Programs like Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus exist for the sole purpose of promoting certain brands, products, services, websites even, etc. At its, core this is pure advertising software that tends to be rather invasive (e.g. changing the browser settings, hence its name). The whole deal is that its developers can profit from the clicks on the numerous online ads, such as through remuneration systems like Pay Per Click, etc. That’s why it’s in the developers’ best interest that you see as many ads as possible and ideally also click on a large number of them, too. So, you can see that there’s good reason for you to be seeing so many popups, box messages, links and others.
However, this behavior, though not intending any harm, can is still seen as rather unwanted by both users and security experts alike. There’s also the fact to consider that software of this type often has access to your browsing history, as it integrates with your browser. This means it can monitor your browsing patterns and take note of certain information. That way it can gain a better understanding of you as an individual and what interests you. So armed with that kind of data, the hijacker can start rearranging its online ads, exposing you to a greater degree to ads it thinks you may like. This, in turn, increases the chances of you interacting with those ads and, therefore, generating more profit for the developers. Clever, isn’t it? Well, it is, but it’s also a privacy invasion and not many would appreciate it.
Besides, this constant activity of Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus and others like it that keeps running in the background can compromise your computer’s performance. It won’t be long before you start noticing an increased sluggishness, lags, programs may take ages to load and your browser will especially become slower with all those ads and new tabs in it. Not to mention that this can even lead to crashes and various other malfunctions. But worst of all is that browser hijackers are also known for altering your system registry files, which can even be dangerous. As a matter of fact, it make your system more vulnerable to virus attacks, especially like those of ransomware and Trojan horse viruses.
So, with all this said, it’s probably best to see to Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus’s removal as quickly as possible, so as to avoid any potential mayhem. And once you’ve done that, you can start taking better care of your browsing habits, so as to avoid other browser hijackers, too. It’s likely that you installed this one all by yourself without realizing it, as part of another program. That’s why it’s very important that you check the setup and manually customize the installation process of any new program from now on. This will help you gain a fuller understanding of the programs that may be added to the setup. Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to opt out of any of them and prevent them from accessing your system, as opposed to having to remove them later on.
|Name||Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Changes to your browser, page redirects, numerous popups, banners, box messages and other ads on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles, spam emails, various shady notifications and alerts|
Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Go Redirectro Hosted Search Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!