A hijacking software associated with the highly suspicious search engine Searchgol(.)com has been reported on user PCs, by researchers. The software is regarded as a Potentially Unwanted Program, and it may collect personal information form the user as well as share it with third-parties via the search engine itself. In addition to this, the software also heavily displays “clickbait” type of advertisements on the user PC making the computer slow and driving traffic via redirects for profit. Users who see their home page changed to Searchgol(.)com are strongly advised to remove this software from their computers, instructions for which you will find if you read this article thoroughly.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The program modifies various settings on your PC, including the browser homepage and new tab page. You will see advertisements when you browse, generated from it.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, new tab and search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join our forum to Discuss Searchgol(.)com Redirects.|
Searchgol(.)com Browser Hijacker – How Does It Install
Software such as the Searchgol(.)com PUP usually may install without the user even noticing it. One method for this to happen is via the so-called bundled installers. Such installers belong to programs that are widely downloaded like users’ favorite program for DJ-ing or watching movies, for example. Such programs are usually available for free download at some third-party websites that provide a lot of freeware at one place. To make money some shady third-party sites use an aggressive strategy and add all types of programs including the Searchgol(.)com browser hijacker that may be hidden in the form of a useful browser extension or a program in one of the installation steps of the installers. This is why experts often advise users always to choose the official websites from which to download and install such free programs.
Searchgol(.)com PUP – More Information About It
There is a lot to be written about this unwanted program. For starters, as soon as it is installed on your computer, it may immediately begin modifying your web browsers, no matter if they are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. As soon as it does that, your home page or new tab page (or both) begin to look like this:
The search engine Searchgol(.)com is regarded as highly suspicious because for one it does not support HTTPs encrypted connection – a feature that is necessary and typical for search engines. In addition to this, we discovered multiple cookies that track user information and here is where the situation became interesting:
In addition to the cookies used by Searchgol(.)com another symptom of it being primarily oriented to display ads to users, boosting traffic to another page is the displaying of ad-supported search results. The suspicious search engine showed the whole 1st page of search results with ads:
Such unwanted programs are known very well by malware researchers, and they are usually spammed a lot to affect as many systems as possible. This is because the creators of programs like the one that may set Searchgol(.)com as your home page use the advertisements on it’s home page to make a profit via pay-per-visit redirects. This particular search engine causes browser redirects via the following affiliate service when you click on one of the “clickbait” banners under the search bar:
Searchgol(.)com Hijacker – Removal Instructions and Conclusion
As a bottom line, this software has no business on your computer, and you should focus on removing it as swiftly as possible.
For maximum effectiveness during removal of the Searchgol(.)com browser hijacker, we advise you to follow the removal instructions which we have prepared for you below. In case you are still experiencing advertisements and the symptoms in the information table below, we advise you to download an advanced anti-malware program which will surely take care of the Searchgol(.)com PUP from your computer and protect yours from future threats.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects
Step 2: Uninstall Searchgol(.)com Redirects and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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.
- 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects via Step 1 above:
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
Remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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"
Erase Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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"
Uninstall Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects will be removed.
Eliminate Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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.