|Short Description||The browser hijacker may have been brought by an ad-supported application.|
|Symptoms||The search provider is changed to gosearch.me.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), freeware pages.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Gosearch.me|
What Is Gosearch.me?
Gosearch.me is a search engine that has a browser hijacker related to it. The browser hijacker can be installed on your computer. After it does so, it will change the settings on your browser so that Gosearch.me is set as your default search provider and homepage. These changes can be performed on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Browser hijackers are regarded as unwanted programs as they not only change your browser’s settings without your permission, but their activities may also lead to risk for your system’s security. This is why you should remove Gosearch.me from your computer as soon as possible.
How Did Gosearch.me Get on My PC?
Browser hijackers are distributed through a method called bundling. What this means is that Gosearch.me is attached to installers of free programs. This way, it can be installed without users even noticing it. There is a way to check whether you have come across bundled downloads. To avoid them, we recommend the following:
- Do not use third-party software dispensers as a place for acquiring programs.
- Do not rush through the installation. Instead, carefully read all of the information you are presented with.
- Opt for Custom/Advanced installation. This will give you the opportunity to prevent the installation of any additional software, featured on the installer.
What Does Gosearch.me Do?
Once the browser hijacker has been installed, it will change your browser’s settings. Gosearch.me will be set as the homepage and default search provider. Although the page is currently inactive and it redirects to Google, there is no telling when it will be back online. This search engine is known to show various sponsored search results. It may look as though it is a reliable search engine, but it is not. Using it is strongly discouraged, and here is why.
What Are the Dangers of Gosearch.me?
The problem with Gosearch.me is the fact that it shows sponsored links. There is no way to be sure that any of these are reliable. Cyber criminals are known to take advantage of browser hijackers to advertise their malicious websites. If you are transferred to a web page that is being managed by cyber criminals, then there is a huge possibility that your computer will become a target for malware attacks. Cyber criminals may also attempt to trick you into downloading some infection or into sharing your sensitive data. These risks should not be ignored. Removing Gosearch.me is of the essence and it should be done as soon as possible.
How to Remove Gosearch.me
This browser hijacker can be removed manually. Just follow these steps:
- 1. Go to Control Panel and access the list of programs.
2. Locate any unfamiliar programs.
3. Uninstall them.
4. Go to your browser and reset its settings. This way Gosearch.me will no longer be your homepage and default search engine.
By removing the browser hijacker, you are making your computer safer, but that does not mean that it still is not at risk. More potentially unwanted programs may be on it. It is also vulnerable to infection. If you want to make sure that your system is secure, then you should invest in a powerful antimalware program. This will remove all intruders from the Pc. AT the same time, it will also make sure that no unwanted software manages to infiltrate it again.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Gosearch.me from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Gosearch.me from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Gosearch.me from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Gosearch.me from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Gosearch.me from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Gosearch.me from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Gosearch.me from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Gosearch.me from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Gosearch.me
Step 2: Uninstall Gosearch.me 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Gosearch.me on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Gosearch.me there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Gosearch.me from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Gosearch.me 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.me 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: 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.
Remove Gosearch.me 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.
Erase Gosearch.me 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.
Uninstall Gosearch.me 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.
Remove Gosearch.me 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Gosearch.me will be removed.
Eliminate Gosearch.me 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.