This page aims to help you remove Gogletab “Virus”. These Gogletab removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
There are many users who recently contacted us with a request to help them deal with a particular browser hijacker called Gogletab.com. This program is a source of potentially undesired changes in the settings of all the popular browsers. It doesn’t really make a difference if you are accessing the web with Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or another browser. Once Gogletab affects them, they will bombard you with dozens of ads, pop-ups, homepage replacements and a strange search engine that may aggressively redirect all your searches to more intrusive advertisements. If you wish to save yourself from this questionable disturbance, the removal guide below has all the steps that will help you effectively uninstall Gogletab and remove all of its components from your system.
How does Gogletab behave?
The activities we described above pretty much sum up all the things that could happen to your PC when a browser hijacker like Gogletab.com invades it. However, a logical question may come up: who needs these programs and why are they so intrusive? As you probably know, online advertising is a big business. There are many advertisers and vendors who pay a lot of money to get their ads displayed and clicked, in order to land users on their websites and create traffic. The tech savvy guys from the software producing industry have come up with effective software that displays these paid ads in huge numbers directly on the user’s screen – browser hijackers. However, you don’t really think that they would put so much effort into creating such software for free, right? In fact, they have programmed browser hijackers to generate income for the developers through the Pay-Per-Click scheme, where every single click that users make on the sponsored advertisements cashes in. This scheme is very popular nowadays, which explains why the browser hijackers are so widely distributed and many users face the need to deal with them by either tolerating their intrusive activity or completely removing them.
Is Gogletab really a “Virus”?
To put it in one sentence – no, Gogletab is not a virus. Knowing where browser hijackers hide the most may help you effectively prevent another close encounter in the future. Although they do not infect your system in stealthy ways like viruses, Trojans and Ransomware, these programs still may appear when you least want them to. Usually, the developers pack them along with software that they distribute for free. This way they earn not from the sales of the software, but from the clicks of the ads. In exchange, you may get an attractive program for free and the ad disturbance is the price you have to pay for it. Different game setups, optimization software, players, installation managers, torrents, spam emails, test applications and even direct downloads may contain such bundles where ad-generating components may be included. What is crucial in preventing them from getting installed along with the software you desire is to click the so-called “advanced” or “custom” option of the installation wizard. There you can see all the potentially unwanted programs that are packed and simply deselect them from the installer. If you don’t do that, however, you will surely end up with a bunch of additional programs you didn’t intend to download and install in the first place. For your safety, you are advised to always opt for the most detailed installation option in order to avoid more serious threats like a Trojan or Ransomware virus, which may be silently lurking there.
Can Gogletab be considered a harmful program?
Since you are most probably experiencing a disturbance that may be constantly interrupting your normal browsing activity, for you this program may really be potentially unwanted. But luckily nothing worse than a hijacked browser and a screen full of ads may happen to your PC if it has Gogletab on it. And trust us: there are far worse programs out there, which are not only unwanted but very malicious as well. Browser hijackers, however, are not malicious. Some people may call them viruses but this is mostly out of panic and lack of understanding of their ad-generating behavior.
There is really no need to get panicked. Still there may be a few good reasons for you to uninstall Gogletab. Firstly, the ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs may become really aggressive and your attempts to close them may become useless, since more and more ads will appear the longer you keep this program on your PC. Moreover, during this time, the browser hijacker may monitor your browsing history, the sites you visit, the things you search for online and it may try to collect your browsing related data in order to show you ads that you may be interested in. Sometimes, as a result of the page redirecting activity, the pages you may land on may happen to be useless, irrelevant or misleading. Not only can it turn out to be a huge waste of time for you to deal with tons of popping boxes and pages every day, but there may not be any benefit for you as a user. Removing the strange program in this case will not only save you from the ads, but it may save you time and free some valuable space on your PC.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A hijacked browser and a screen full of ads, pop-ups and new tabs|
|Distribution Method||Different game setups, optimization software, players, installation managers, torrents, spam emails, test applications and even direct downloads from the web may contain bundles where such ad-generating components may be included.|
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How To Remove Gogletab “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)
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).
- Do not skip this – Gogletab may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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.
Remove Gogletab from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Gogletab from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Gogletab from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!