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Good-search.ml Hijacker Removal

Good-search.ml hjacker removal

This article provides removal for Good-search.ml browser hijacker. By following the step-by-step instructions presented at the end, you will remove the infection completely from affected browsers and system.

The domain Good-search.ml may start to appear in your browser after unintended installation of a potentially unwanted program. Due to its capabilities of modifying essential browser settings without your prior consent, Good-search.ml is classified as a browser hijacker. As a one, it changes the settings of your preferred homepage and new tab page. Afterward, you see the main page of Good-search.ml each time you open the affected browser. As the website collects sensitive information stored in your browser and then use the data for advertising purposes it is advisable to remove it from the affected system as soon as possible. Otherwise, some serious issues related to your privacy may occur.

Threat Summary

Name Good-search.ml
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The suspicious domain Good-search.ml hijacks the homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as a default one.
Symptoms Affected browsers display the main page of Good-search.ml hijacker as homepage and new tab page. Many redirects occur during browsing sessions. The browser becomes sluggish due to an increased number of online advertisements.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Good-search.ml – Ways of Distribution

The distribution of browser hijackers like Good-search.ml is often realized with the help of shady techniques. One of the most preferred invasion techniques is via the installers of third-party programs. The owners of the hijacker choose this way of distribution as many freeware apps are attractive and easily accessible by the users. However, during the installation process of such an app, you may install additional potentially unwanted programs that have been incorporated into its installer. Compromised installers are usually designed to hide all integrated components in the Advanced/Custom options. At the same time, the installers may be configured to install the unwanted apps by default. Happily in some cases when you enter the Advanced/Custom configuration options, you can see information if any undesired software will be installed and cancel the installation on time.

A possible way for the distribution of Good-search.ml is Chrome web store. The hijacker may be pushed by a suspicious browser extension that is designed to modify browser settings and this way set the suspicious domain as homepage, new tab page and default search engine.

Good-search.ml is believed to harass Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari browser users.

Good-search.ml – Infection Details

Once Good-search.ml accesses your system it infiltrates targeted browsers to modify essential settings there. The domain may hijack your browser homepage as well as new tab page. In addition, its dubious search engine replaces your default one. All these modifications usually happen without your prior consent. Afterward, each time you open the affected browser you see that the main page of Good-search.ml:

Good-search.ml browser hijacker

The hijacker affects your online searches by replacing your default search engine with the suspcious one provided on its main page. This way Good-search.ml forces you to use its services. The main page of the hijacker has a simplistic design that mimics the main page of Google. Even the colors of Google’s logo are used for the Good-search.ml’s logo. However, do not get tricked that the searching services of the hijacker are as reliable as those of the popular search engines.

The displayed results are limited as they present only websites based on your recent searches and visited websites. Furthermore, they provide more advertisements than usual as each click generates revenue to Good-search.ml owners. Various types of advertisements may flood your browser and make it sluggish one the hijacker is running on your system. Be careful with all these ads because they may land you on corrupted web pages that install malware infections through the browser. The ads may also open a variety of phishing web pages that aim to steal your credentials or convince you to install rogue software.

It is also important to know that by using the services of Good-search.ml you agree with the collection of certain details related to you and your browsing behavior. Unfortunately, the owners of this nasty website do not state what kind of data is obtained and recorded by the app. Information about data collection and the purposes for its recording is usually presented on the Privacy Policy page. However, a Privacy Policy associated with Good-search.ml hijacker lacks. And this is yet another proof that the suspicious website needs to be removed from the affected system as soon as possible. Otherwise, your sensitive data may be stolen from the affected browser and misused by Good-search.ml owners. At worst, the unwanted program may be used as a gateway for severe malware infections.

Remove Good-search.ml Hijacker

The detailed guide below shows how to remove Good-search.ml hijacker from all affected browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Interner Explorer, Safari) and the Windows system. In some cases, the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely the redirect as some leftovers may remain on the system. For maximum efficiency, it is advisable to complete both the manual and the automatic steps.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Good-search.ml from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Good-search.ml

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Good-search.ml and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Good-search.ml on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Good-search.ml there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Good-search.ml with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Good-search.ml from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Good-search.ml and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Good-search.ml:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Good-search.ml. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Good-search.ml. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Good-search.ml via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Good-search.ml. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Good-search.ml files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Good-search.ml, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Good-search.ml:


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Remove Good-search.ml from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Good-search.ml from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Good-search.ml from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Good-search.ml from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Good-search.ml will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Good-search.ml from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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