*Source of claim SH can remove it.


A big number of disgruntled customers have recently been complaining about GoodSearch and have been desperately seeking ways of removing it from their systems. This is where we should tell you that most hijackers are somewhat tricky to eliminate without the proper knowledge on how to do it. While not being actual malware threats, browser components like GoodSearch are typically programmed to be difficult to remove from a given computer while still not crossing any legal thresholds. That being said, if you have previously encountered and dealt with similar software or if you have access to the proper instructions on how to remove such apps, you will be able to successfully and quickly uninstall them. For those of you with GoodSearch on their machines who are irritated by their ads and would like to get rid of the unpleasant app, you can follow the next removal steps in order to eliminate the pesky software.

Chrome browser is redirected to GoodSearch
When you go into Chrome settings GoodSearch is set as my default search engine

Is GoodSearch safe?

GoodSearch, while not inherently harmful like malware, can disrupt web sessions by redirecting users to questionable commercial websites and displaying intrusive pop-up ads. This interference with browsing routines can be annoying and may lead to exposure to potentially harmful content. Therefore, GoodSearch is not considered safe as it compromises the user’s browsing experience and may track their online activities for advertising purposes. It’s advisable to remove GoodSearch from your browser to restore normal browsing functionality and protect your privacy.

The GoodSearch Virus

Adverts on your screen, random page-redirects happening once you try to use your browser, replaced search engine tool as well as starting page URL address and unauthorized modifications to your browser’s toolbar buttons are all typical symptoms of the presence of a browser hijacker application on your computer. Usually, such apps are similar to browser extensions and you can usually get them on any browser – Chrome, Edge, IE, Firefox and even Safari. They are not hazardous and dangerous like Trojans or Ransomware or other typical malware infections but they are still mostly regarded as potentially unwanted and fall under the category of PUPs/PUAs (potentially unwanted programs/applications). In this post, you will learn more about what their purpose actually is and what to expect from such an app on your system. We will focus on the so-called GoodSearch as this is a recently released piece of software that seems to belong to this software category due to its irritating and unpleasant features.

What is GoodSearch?

GoodSearch is a browser extension or potentially unwanted program often distributed via bundled free software downloads. It can act as a browser hijacker, redirecting users to questionable websites unrelated to their search queries. The GoodSearch Toolbar may pressure users to visit suspicious sites, disrupting their browsing experience. While it can be downloaded manually, it often enters systems through bundled free software from unprotected sources. Once installed, it alters default browser settings and takes over all installed web browsers, appearing as a toolbar. GoodSearch’s intrusive behavior compromises user privacy and can lead to exposure to potentially harmful content, making it an unwanted and unsafe program to have on your computer.

GoodSearch on Chrome

GoodSearch on Chrome can infiltrate systems through deceptive distribution methods, often bundled with free software downloads. Users may unknowingly install it while installing other programs, mistaking it for legitimate software. Once installed, GoodSearch hijacks browser settings, making it the default search engine and redirecting searches to unwanted websites like Bing instead of Google. This hijacking poses security risks as it can lead to exposure to potentially harmful content and compromise user privacy. To prevent GoodSearch and similar browser hijackers, users should be cautious when downloading software from the internet, opting for custom installation to deselect any additional programs. Additionally, regularly scanning systems with reputable antivirus software can help detect and remove any unwanted or malicious programs, including GoodSearch on Chrome.

GoodSearch Toolbar

Normally, the whole idea behind browser hijackers apps like the GoodSearch Toolbar, Addonup is to earn revenue through aggressive (yet still mostly legal) online advertising campaigns. Through its ads, page-redirects and imposed browser modifications which are supposed to further push and facilitate the advertising agenda of the hijacker, apps like the GoodSearch Toolbar are able to generate substantial income for their developers. Now, there’s usually nothing harmful about such activity and having a hijacker on your machine will likely not expose it to any direct harm. However, there is oftentimes little or no control over the type and the quality of the advertisements that get streamed on your screen. Some of them may be legit yet others may actually be scams or fake offers and, in some instances, you may even find yourself on shady sites infested with Ransomware and Trojans should you click on some unreliable link or banner generated by GoodSearch. That is the reason we advise against keeping a hijacker on your computer and why we always try to remind our readers to stay away from low-quality software sources and questionable Internet content in general.


TypeBrowser Hijacker
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*Source of claim SH can remove it.

Remove GoodSearch Virus

To try and remove GoodSearch quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the GoodSearch extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove GoodSearch by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of GoodSearch and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed GoodSearch removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.

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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step1 Uninstall the GoodSearch app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from GoodSearch. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to GoodSearch, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

delete suspicious GoodSearch apps

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to GoodSearch.

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete GoodSearch files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo GoodSearch changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that GoodSearch has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by GoodSearch

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete GoodSearch IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable GoodSearch startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete GoodSearch scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable GoodSearch services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from GoodSearch items

    Step3 Remove GoodSearch from your browsers

    • Delete GoodSearch from Chrome
    • Delete GoodSearch from Firefox
    • Delete GoodSearch from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.

    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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