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GoSearches.gg is a browser-infiltrating malware aimed at aggressively promoting different sites by forcefully redirecting your browser to them. GoSearches.gg can make changes to the infected browser, such as replacing its homepage and search engine, in order to further boost the effectiveness of its site-advertising campaign.
This type of software is not the most harmful type of software that you may encounter, but it is not the most pleasant one either. Most users who have GoSearches.gg and Eduratsu in their system complain about the aggressive page redirects, ads, pop-ups, and banners that the application may generate on their screen during web surfing. If you have also been experiencing the same disturbance and GoSearches.gg is the cause of it, on this page we will show you how to detect and manually remove the unwanted browser hijacker and uninstall its ad-generating and page-redirecting components once and for all.
Before you go straight to the instructions in the removal guide below, however, let us first describe the common behavior of browser hijackers in general and the ways you can prevent them from sneaking into your system without your knowledge.
Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
This program may install a new search engine or a homepage in your main browser.
Commonly found inside different free software bundles, torrents, automatic installers, ads, spam, software updates.
Please follow all the steps below in orderto remove GoSearches.gg!
How to remove GoSearches.gg
First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find GoSearches.gg in the programs list that would show up.
Select GoSearches.gg from the list and click on Uninstall.
Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to GoSearches.gg.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to GoSearches.gg.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove GoSearches.gg from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the GoSearches.gg extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to GoSearches.gg and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Get rid of GoSearches.gg by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “GoSearches.gg” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete GoSearches.gg
Open task manager
Look for the GoSearches.gg process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete GoSearches.gg
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “GoSearches.gg” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall GoSearches.gg
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for GoSearches.gg in there
Uninstall GoSearches.gg from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any GoSearches.gg-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to GoSearches.gg in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
Browser hijackers are special pieces of software used by online advertisers and programmers to promote and display huge amounts of sponsored ads, banners, pop-up links and promotional pages on users’ screens during their regular web surfing. Usually, such pieces of software resemble normal browser add-ons and may get incorporated into popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and others. GoSearches.gg is a new representative of this advertising software, and as such, it is specialized in aggressively promoting certain sponsored homepage domains, search engines, toolbars, and pay-per-click ads by imposing them on the users’ screens. In its nature, such an application is very different from typical viruses or other malicious threats like ransomware, spyware or Trojans. However, despite the fact that its advertising activity is not against the law, many users consider it annoying and potentially unwanted.
Is GoSearches.gg dangerous?
Despite its questionable behavior, know that GoSearches.gg isn’t actually some kind of sneaky application that installs itself without your permission and starts to spam your screen with pay-per-click commercials. Such a stealthiness is typical for the real viruses, especially for Trojan and ransomware infections, which can infiltrate your computer without any symptoms. A browser hijacker like this, however, is typically installed by the users themselves, usually when they perform a careless software installation. A common mistake most people make when they launch the setup of a new application, a torrent, a free installation package or an update is to run through the steps without carefully reading the EULA and without having a look at the Advanced/ Custom settings. What they typically don’t pay attention to is that GoSearches.gg and similar advertising applications are commonly bundled inside different automatic installers and if not removed manually from the installation manager, they may become part of the system when the setup process completes. That’s why, if you want to stay away from browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications, we advise you to carefully read all the installation settings and be selective about your software sources. This way you may save yourself from the need to uninstall different annoying applications later.
About the author
Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.