Goograriva Virus

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Goograriva is browser hijacker – a piece of software responsible for unwanted browser changes, sudden page-redirects to questionable sites, and generation of aggressive ads/pop-ups. Goograriva is not damaging by itself, but it could potentially put your system at risk, so it needs to be uninstalled.

The Goograriva Virus is known for changing different browser and system settings

There’s hardly a more widespread form of unwanted software than the browser hijackers. Since they are technically not viruses and antivirus program oftentimes don’t flag them as threats, those undesirable apps are often able to find their way into the browsers of millions of users and remain there indefinitely, until the user has had enough and has taken it upon himself/herself to get rid of the hijacker.

You could encounter a browser hijacker on any browser – Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Edge, and more. Even Mac users sometimes get hijackers added to their Safari browsers, so nobody’s immune to the search engine and homepage changes or the avalanche of ads and page-redirects that apps like Goograriva are known for. 

The good news here is that, if you have a browser hijacker on your PC, you’ll know it. As we mentioned, software of this type would constantly try to barrage your browser with different types of advertisements with the aim to promote certain sites, services, or software products. In most cases, the user is given no control over the advertising functions of the hijacker, which means that the aggressive promotion of different forms of content won’t cease until the rogue app is removed.

How Goograriva could expose your system to risks

At the start of this post we mentioned that Goograriva, itself, is not a damaging app, but this does not mean you can ignore its presence on your computer and let it stay there. While most browser hijackers like Goograriva and Actarpluctess lack the ability to encryption-lock your files like Ransomware or take over your entire system like Trojan Horse viruses, they could sometimes make it easier for such more serious threats to enter your computer. You see, most browser hijackers are known for changing different browser and system settings which helps them with their agenda, but also has the potential to compromise the system’s security and this make it more vulnerable to malware attacks. Furthermore, the very content that the browser hijacker could expose you to may be unsafe and could potentially lead to security issues. You see, phishing sites and malware-distributing sites are often promoted by hijacker software, so it’s perfectly possible that you end up on some rogue site if you accidentally click on a link provided by Goograriva or even if you get automatically redirected by the hijacker. Therefore, it’s crucial that you eliminate the rogue app before it has caused any more serious issues, and the guide in the second half of this post will show you how to do that.

Keeping hijackers away in the future

Removing Goograriva is just as important as it is keeping your PC clean in the future. Therefore, remember to never download any questionable software and to avoid suspicious sites and content while you are on the Internet. Also, if you are about to install a new app or program on your PC, be sure to perform the installation through the Advanced/Custom setup menu, to see if there aren’t any potentially unwanted apps added there, that you may need to manually uncheck.


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Remove Goograriva Virus

To try and remove Goograriva 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 Goograriva extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Goograriva by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Goograriva and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Goograriva 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


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).



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.


    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
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    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    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.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. 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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Goograriva from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Goograriva from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Goograriva from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      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!


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    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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