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remove-searchgol-redirects-sensorstechforumA 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.

Threat Summary

Name Searchgol(.)com Redirects
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
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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:

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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:

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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:

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Not only this but funnily enough, the search engine is associated with the notorious Babylon search – a company known to have a vast network of such suspicious search engines used by the unwanted software. Also, when it comes to this very Privacy Policy, the creators of this search engine first claim they do not collect personal information:

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However, even more amusingly enough, later on in the privacy policy they state that they may do exactly the opposite to not collecting your details:

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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:

earnify-redirect-link-search-gol-sensorstechforumClick to enlarge.

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.

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How to Remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects

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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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Searchgol(.)com Redirects and remove related files and objects

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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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects:

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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects. 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects. 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects. 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Searchgol(.)com Redirects, 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 Searchgol(.)com Redirects:


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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"


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 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"


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 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.



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Remove Searchgol(.)com Redirects 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.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari 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.


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 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.


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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