GoSearch9 is a type of software application that falls under the umbrella term of browser hijackers. GoSearch9 specifically targets Mac-compatible web browsers, such as Chrome, Safari and Firefox in order to facilitate paid advertising campaigns.
Browser hijackers such as GoSearch9, Gsecurecontent.com and QSearch are generally created to serve the interests of the online marketing industry. More specifically, they latch on to the host browser and use it as a platform to display various banners, popups, trigger page redirects to sponsored web locations, etc.
And in order to make this happen, it’s very likely that GoSearch9 has made certain rather conspicuous changes to your browsing program and its settings. For example, it may have imposed a new default search engine. In addition, GoSearch9 may have also replaced your browser homepage with a new on in order to drive more traffic to that specific page.
The main problem with all of this is that these settings are usually enforced by the hijacker without the end user having provided their permission for said changes. Or at least that permission wasn’t given knowingly. If you would like to restore your browser to its original state, though, you needn’t look any farther than this page. Below we have included a detailed removal guide in step-by-step format to help you quickly and effectively eliminate GoSearch9 from your Mac.
GoSearch9 for Mac
Software like GoSearch9 for Mac generates revenue for its developers via Pay Per Click and similar remuneration systems. This is why the ads displayed by GoSearch9 for Mac are typically as aggressive as they are.
So much so, in fact, that many users often tend to mistake browser hijackers for viruses and malware. Luckily, however, GoSearch9 is not malicious software and it doesn’t have the capacity to damage your system or in any way directly harm you, the user, either. Nevertheless, there are plenty of good reasons to uninstall this program from your machine, including reasons pertaining to your computer’s security.
What is GoSearch9?
GoSearch9 is not malicious software or a virus, but as a result of its activities, there is a risk of being exposed to such threats. GoSearch9 can display immense quantities of advertising materials, some of which can potentially be linked to compromised web locations.
As a result, there’s a real danger of landing on sites that may harbor actual viruses, even high caliber ones like Trojans and ransomware.
For this reason we don’t recommend interacting with any ads you may come across online in general, let alone the ads displayed by browser hijackers. There’s simply no telling whether a given popup or box message is safe and there’s no point in risking your computer’s safety to find out. With that in mind, it’s best to just remove GoSearch9 and minimize the chances of landing an infection.
The GoSearch9 app
Hijackers like the GoSearch9 app heavily rely on program bundles for their successful distribution. So it’s likely that you recently installed some software that had the GoSearch9 app included as a bonus component.
You can easily check for such “surprises” in the future by opting for the more detailed custom or advanced installation settings when setting up new programs on your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A new browser homepage and/or default search engine, as well as other unfamiliar browser elements.|
|Distribution Method||Hijackers like GoSearch9 are usually added to the setup of other programs as “bonus” components.|
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GoSearch9 Removal from Mac
For a quick way to remove GoSearch9 try to do this inside your Mac browser:
- Open your Mac browser.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
- Look for any unfamiliar entries, including GoSearch9.
- Remove GoSearch9 from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.
If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of GoSearch9!
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively, you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove GoSearch9 From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove GoSearch9 From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
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!