GuardGo Malicious Extension – Step-by-Step Virus Removal Guide

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What kind of software is GuardGo, and what is its goal?

GuardGo is a type of potentially unwanted software that is usually defined as a browser hijacker – a type of software that is hardly ever damaging, but is extremely invasive and implanted into your browser without your knowledge. The primary goal of this software is, obviously, to obtain your data to overflow your browser with annoying ads, most of which are frauds that redirect you to irrelevant and, maybe, insecure websites. In other words, you do not want GuardGo on your computer, and in your browser, and that is the reason we have written this removal guide.

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Is it correct to call this software “the GuardGo Virus”?

Some of you might now call this hijacker the “GuardGo virus” and feel like you’ve become a target of a serious malware infection. But there is a piece of good news. First and foremost, the rogue software in front of us is most likely powerless to do serious harm, although it should be removed, as described later. It is not intended to infect your files, lock them with encryption, or steal data from your computer. In order to make money for their creators, hijackers such as the “GuardGo virus” employ different strategies that usually do not entail damaging actions.

What can GuardGo do?

Consider GuardGo as a web marketing tool that straddles the boundary between authorized and unauthorized software. It won’t damage your files, steal important information like credit or debit card numbers, or blackmail you, as we previously stated. Its actions could still jeopardize your privacy and system, though. Hijackers such as GuardGo collect and resell user behavioral data (likes on social media, visited and bookmarked websites, search queries, browsing habits, etc.) to generate revenue for their creators.

To increase their earnings, they also inundate you with Pay-Per-Click advertisements. While none of this is dangerous in a direct way, there’s always the possibility that you could unintentionally click on a false advertisement and end up on a phishing or malware distribution page. 

Are the GuardGo Pop-ups reliable to click on?

The primary issue with browser hijackers like the one at hand is the GuardGo pop-ups, as they have the potential to jeopardize your privacy and security. It’s possible, as previously mentioned, to unintentionally click on the incorrect advertisement and end up on a phony page that looks like a popular website. There, you might be prompted to provide personal information to the con artists hosting the phony website, including your name, social security number, account passwords, and credit or debit card numbers. From that point on, you might lose money, or become the target of blackmail, among other things.

What to do if you have GuardGo on Chrome?

It is definitely annoying to see GuardGo on Chrome or another browser, and if you have attempted to remove it yourself, you are probably pretty annoyed by this point. The good news is that, once you know where to look for its components and how to safely delete them, removing hijackers is usually not that hard. Everything you need to know to resolve the GuardGo on Chrome issue is covered in the guide below. Additionally, you can always count on the removal tool listed below to handle things for you in the event that the hijacker proves to be more stubborn than usual.

Is the GuardGo extension safe to use?

If the GuardGo or NymphMiniica browser hijacker extension has gotten into your system, it is highly possible that the home page of your browser will be changed. It goes without saying that using GuardGo extension is not advised due to the concerns we mentioned above, so please refrain from doing so. Instead, focus on the removal of the browser hijacker, which will eventually result in the site’s elimination as well.

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Remove GuardGo Virus

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

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed GuardGo 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 GuardGo 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 GuardGo. 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 GuardGo, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

delete suspicious GuardGo apps

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

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 GuardGo 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 GuardGo changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that GuardGo 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 GuardGo

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

    Delete GuardGo IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable GuardGo startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete GuardGo scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable GuardGo services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from GuardGo items

    Step3 Remove GuardGo from your browsers

    • Delete GuardGo from Chrome
    • Delete GuardGo from Firefox
    • Delete GuardGo 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. irefox 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


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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