What is GoSearch?
How to remove redirects originating from GoSearch on your computer?
GoSearch is an unwanted software application that usually comes as an internet browser extension on your Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other internet browsers. GoSearch may generate various advertisements. If you have stumbled upon this extension on your Mac, we strongly recommend that you read this post. Note that advertisements displayed by it might cause numerous unsafe pages to appear as a result of the ads.
The browser extension has another iteration, known as GoSearch9. Mac users are facing difficulties in removing the GoSearch9 problem their systems. An Apple Discussions user recently shared that the hijacker “is appearing again and again after successful removal”. The “virus” is creating persistent issues for the Safari search engine, with tainted search results.
GoSearch, GoSearch9 Summary
|Type||Browser Hijacker/PUP for Mac|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your machine.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss GoSearch, GoSearch9.|
GoSearch – How Did I Get It And What Does It Do?
The reason you are seeing unwanted ads is that the application was added to your browser without your consent or approval. An undesirable redirect could have included the application as a web browser extension. Another method of distribution is software bundling. This indicates that the app could have been added in the software installers of other programs as an “optional deal” or a “free add-on”.
Once added to your Mac, the unwanted app may alter the settings of your web browser and change your home page or new tab page. As a result, advertisements may start showing up in your search results. Other ads you may witness include:
- Press Notices ads.
- Highlighted message ads.
The advertisements that are displayed on your Mac might lead you to web pages that contain tracking objects, such as:
These trackers could be used to acquire info on what you do on the internet, such as track your searches, get information on your clicks and bookmarks. This way, third party advertisers can display their targeted ads on your Mac. Note that such suspicious ads can redirect you to:
- Virus-infection pages.
- Phishing pages.
- Fake seller sites.
- Tech Support Fraud web pages.
Get Rid Of GoSearch (GoSearch9)
To remove the redirect from your system, we suggest you read the removal steps under the article. We created them to help you to remove this malware from your Mac in depth. For faster removal, you can install an advanced malware removal program and run a scan. Such a program can shield your system from future threats.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall GoSearch, GoSearch9 and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 GoSearch, GoSearch9 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove GoSearch, GoSearch9 – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove GoSearch, GoSearch9 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as GoSearch, GoSearch9, 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.
GoSearch, GoSearch9 FAQ
What is GoSearch, GoSearch9 on your Mac?
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of GoSearch, GoSearch9 on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like GoSearch, GoSearch9?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from GoSearch, GoSearch9?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.