What is Gotosearch.ru?
Some users carelessly identify Gotosearch.ru as a harmless, reliable search provider, but our research team at Anti-Spyware-101.com warns that this search tool might be much more dangerous and unreliable than it might seem to be at first sight. The truth is that it is very difficult to discuss this search tool – which we classify as a browser hijacker – because there is very little information about it. The legal information that should support the website does not exist, and that means that we cannot learn many things about it. Obviously, because of that, we cannot fully trust the services that the search tool provides us with. This, of course, is the main reason to delete Gotosearch.ru from your browsers, and we elaborate on that in this report. If you find something unclear, or if you have questions about the removal process, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.
How does Gotosearch.ru work?
Gotosearch.ru has a normal-looking interface, and that is one of its strengths. If the interface of a browser hijacker reminds of any other search provider, the user is likely to trust it right off the bat. Another strength that this hijacker has is that it appears to be associated with Google. The logo on the home page reminds of the iconic Google logo, and the search dialog box reads “Google Custom Search.” Now, you must understand that Google Custom Search does not provide the same services as Google Search. Sure, the same company has created both of these search providers, but the “Custom” version was created to serve third parties, and they have the power to manipulate (or “customize”) the search results shown in any way. Of course, the developers of malicious browser hijackers have managed to exploit this search provider for their own gain. For example, they can use Gotosearch.ru to showcase sponsored links, and, of course, that is not what you need when you are browsing the web. If you are not happy with the risk of facing potentially misleading links when you browse the web, you must delete the hijacker.
Are you questioning our decision to classify Gotosearch.ru as a browser hijacker? If you are, you must have been notified about the installation of this search tool and you must have agreed to it. Unfortunately, some users might find their homepages modified illegally, which is the first reason we identify it as a hijacker. Even if you have installed the hijacker yourself, it is possible that you might have been misled, in which case, you might have been tricked into installing an unreliable search tool, and that is another reason to classify it as a hijacker. Overall, whether or not it has taken over your browsers illegally or using deception, you must delete it because it is unpredictable, and any interaction with it could lead to irreversible damage to your virtual security. At the moment, it is mostly affecting the users who live in Germany, but we are sure that it can attack your browser regardless of where you live.
How to delete Gotosearch.ru
The easy-to-follow guide below shows how to erase extensions and change the homepage URL. According to our research, you might be able to remove Gotosearch.ru just by eliminating the extensions this hijacker is associated with, but, of course, it is possible that it will be installed on its own. If that is the case, the first step should be installing a malware scanner and examining the entire operating system to check if other kinds of malicious programs have slithered into your computer. If malware is detected, use an anti-malware app to have all threats erased automatically. If you choose to get rid of all threats by yourself, make sure you analyze each threat individually to understand it and know how to delete it successfully. As mentioned previously, you can use the section below to ask questions and start discussions.
- Open the browser and tap Alt+F keys.
- Select More tools and then Extensions.
- Find the unwanted add-on and click the trash bin.
- Choose the Remove option.
- Move to the menu on the left and click Settings.
- Go to the On Startup menu.
- Mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
- Click Set pages and overwrite the undesirable URL.
- Click OK and then restart the browser.
- Open the browser and tap Alt+T keys.
- Select Add-ons and then move to Extensions.
- Click the Remove button to erase the unwanted add-on.
- Tap Alt+T again and choose Options.
- In the menu on the left click General.
- Overwrite the unwanted Home Page URL.
- Restart your browser.
- Open the browser and tap Alt+T keys.
- Select Internet options.
- Click the General tab.
- Navigate to the Home Page area.
- Overwrite the undesirable URL and click OK.
- Restart Internet Explorer.
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