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Gotosearch.ru Redirect Removal

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Gotosearch.ru is a page redirect which also has browser hijacking capabilities. The hijacker can alter browser defaults, such as the homepage, search engine, and new tab setting. After you make a search inquiry, the redirect filters your search and all information gathered from it will be sent to servers that are closely associated with the hijacker. To remove this browser hijacker and the files tied to it, you should read the whole article.

Threat Summary

NameGotosearch.ru
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionBrowser applications on your computer can be affected. The hijacker will redirect you.
SymptomsThe homepage, search engine and new tab of all your browsers will be altered. You will be redirected from searches.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Gotosearch.ru – Ways of Delivery

The Gotosearch.ru redirect could use a few delivery ways. Third-party installations for freeware or bundled applications are one of the main ones. Typically, these programs are media players or converters. Their installation setups might be set to put extra components on your computer machine. Without your knowledge, the setup installs those components. After that, the hijacker will modify your browser settings. To prevent the installation of unwanted components on your computer system, you should find Custom or Advanced options in the setup, if there are such present.

Different ways for delivery could involve an add-on, a plugin or an extension put inside your browser applications. Banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and similar advertisement types that are hosted on websites could be used as another delivery method. This hijacker could spread redirect links and generate them on more websites, too. These websites might be partnered up or affiliated with Gotosearch.ru. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Gotosearch.ru – In-Depth Inspection

Gotosearch.ru can redirect you and hijack your browser applications. That defines it as a browser hijacker. The unwanted application will replace the default search engine, homepage, and new tab window, alongside other settings of your browsers with its main page.

You can see the main web page down here:

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The Gotosearch.ru web page consists of the following: a plain, white background, a search bar, a logo that looks similar to that of Google’s and a huge banner advert. The banner with the advertisement inside it is placed under the search bar and switches to different adverts.

In the screenshot under this paragraph, you can see the search results page of Gotosearch.ru. You will get redirected to the search engine of Google Custom Search. Despite that, you will still see a heap of advertisements as shown below, and you could get redirected to other websites. The hijacker platform gathers any information you type in its search bars.

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Every search query that you make will get filtered by the Gotosearch.ru redirect. When that information is gathered, data about your advertisement interactions as well as those with targeted content will also be acquired. Thus, you should be careful of this and other platforms because that information will get stored on servers tied to them. Also, it could be disclosed and sold to third parties.

Do not provide any information, especially if it is personal or about account credentials and banking data. Links that redirect and are promoted in the form of in-text adverts could be presented to you when you are casually browsing the Internet. Browser cookies, plus similar tracking technologies are utilized to gather all of the aforementioned data. Continue to read below to find out what exactly can the Gotosearch.ru website collect from you.

The Privacy Policy of the Gotosearch.ru website is not present on the main website page or any other pages you can end up from using it. That could be expected from a search engine which is non-legitimate. The policy could still be placed somewhere, but it is not available to the public. Regardless of this fact, the website uses cookies, which are used to track you and your online activity. You can see a list with most of them in the below image:

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The expiration date of most cookies is set to the year of 2018, which is two full years from the moment of their creation. This website is using the cookies with the goal of spying on you and finding out what your habits are, as well as your interests. A huge possibility exists of the site using more tracking technologies. Just via the browser cookies a lot of information can still be gathered from you.

List of websites’ cookies pushed from the browser hijacker:

  • Gotosearch.ru
  • Yandex.ru
  • Quora.com
  • Khms0.googleapis.com
  • Mt.googleapis.com
  • Gstatic.com
  • Mc.yandex.ru

All information, which could be acquired, could be strictly technical or it might include personally identifying information, such as your current location and addresses – IP, e-mail, geographical. Anything you put inside the Gotosearch.ru search page, you can be sure that is collected, including your name, phone number, banking credentials or other related data. That is why you should be wary around using such websites.

A lot of other technologies which can be used, besides cookies, gather technical information in most cases. Those technologies include clear GIFs, pixel tags, Web beacons and others. So, take note that opening sites of unknown origins and interacting with those sites can result in data collection. Moreover, when you get redirected to various sites, they will probably track you as well.

Remove Gotosearch.ru Completely

To remove Gotosearch.ru manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Gotosearch.ru from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Gotosearch.ru

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Gotosearch.ru and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Gotosearch.ru:

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 Gotosearch.ru. 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 Gotosearch.ru. 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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru. 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 malware from your Mac

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



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Remove Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru 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".

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

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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 Gotosearch.ru 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 Gotosearch.ru 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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