This article aims to help users remove Search Module Goobzo AKA Goobzo Virus from their respective system.
Dear Reader Search Module Goobzo is a computer virus of the browser hijacker type. What is typical for this kind of malicious software is generally it’s considered mildly dangerous. While that’s certainly a good news there are some underlying threats that you need to be fully aware of when dealing with Search Module Goobzo. Not only are we going to provide the how to remove it from your system but we will also point out the different side effects it might exhibit on your device as well as list different tricks you shouldn’t fall for.
What you have probably noticed right away is whenever you open your browser you are being greeted by some very annoyingly pop-upy windows. Unfortunately they will keep showing up at random times during your surfing activity. The only way to stop them is to remove the virus completely. The pop-ups will be filled with advertisements for you to consider and alarmingly you will be urged in a variety of ways to click on them. In just a moment we are going to explain why this would be a pretty bad idea.
For starters most if not all of the ads you are going to see are utterly fake and fraudulent and even if there is something real among them you are probably better off not taking such a chance. What you certainly shouldn’t be doing is clicking on the advertisements under any pretense. By interacting with them you would be exposing yourself and your computer to numerous shady websites and fraudulent attempts will follow. No matter what you do though do not share you banking or credit card information unless you fancy your accounts being emptied.
Some negative effects of Search Module Goobzo
We are going to be listing the tricks you might have and will have to avoid below in our removal guide. You have undoubtedly notice significant slowing down of your entire system. The load time for your browser to start in the first place would be visibly longer. This can be explained with the more load they your CPU and system memory have to cope with due to the virus loading ads and other scripts any time you decide to use your browser. This is bad enough even for faster machines but for older ones it might be a killing blow, it’s not a rare occurrence to even meet with the dreaded blue screen of death.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Search Module Goobzo from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Search Module Goobzo from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Search Module Goobzo
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
In addition to continue working in Safe Mode for best results please keep in mind all your browsers have been affected. Which means you will have to remove Search Module Goobzo from each and every one of them, you can’t leave a trace of the malware be present on your hard drive or it might come back to haunt you.
As we promised earlier we are going to list some of the most common tricks for you to be on the lookout for when dealing with this virus:
- Strange and previously unknown to you toolbar might appear in your browser field.
- You might notice your primary web browser have altogether been replaced with another one more prone to malicious attacks.
- Number and texts might appear highlighted while browsing. There are hyperlinks and you should avoid clicking on them as they will redirect you to numerous dangerous places where more dangers would be lurking.
Let’s move on with the removal instructions, it is pretty obvious you need to get rid of this pest once and for all.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Search Module Goobzo . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Search Module Goobzo should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Search Module Goobzo and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
You have reached the most important and tricky steps in the process of eliminating the virus from your system. Beware, failure to reproduce our instructions to the letter might lead to some enormous consequences, in fact your entire device might be rendered useless. If you don’t feel like taking a chance we strongly recommend you consider using a professional Search Module Goobzo remover instead. You will avoid all risks and at the same time will gain access to a search tool for any future threats you might encounter.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.