Remove Gol Search (golsearch.com hijacker)

By | Posted on January 30, 2014 |

Gol Search browser hijacker usually installed on the computer to override browser’s home page. This potentially unwanted program forces users to utilize an unknown search engine set as the default start-up page. Gol Search may appear like Google Search because it was made to deceive computer users. In reality, this program is part of a notorious Conduit family.

You may have no idea how Gol Search enters the computer wherein fact you have play part in its installation. It normally comes packed to shareware of any program you have downloaded recently. Without your knowledge, Gol Search is being installed behind the scene as you load freeware. In some instances, software installer prompts computer users if they want to include Gol Search on the installation. But since this option is unnoticed, most people simply install the freeware in the default method, which they involuntary opt-in on the installation of Gol Search.

Gol Search is not a virus as some computer users perceive it. Although, we still recommend removing this program from the browser. There are a number of reliable and safe search engine that should replace it. Google, Bing, or Yahoo are just some search portal that is safe and secure. These reputable searches filter their content so there is no worry that you might catch viruses or malware when visiting links from search results.

golsearch.com

Online Security Scanner Report for golsearch.com:

Norton SafeWeb No Issues Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: Jan. 30, 2014
MCAfee Site Advisor Dangerous Feedback: Malicious site Updated: Jan. 30, 2014
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Ratings: 0 Likes, 0 Dislikes Updated: Jan. 30, 2014

Gol Search Removal Procedure

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like Gol Search. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.

sophos_exe

3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.

sophos-welcome

4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.

sophos-license

5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.

sophos-update

7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Gol Search. It also detects and removes other malicious files.

sophos-startscan

Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to Gol Search. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove Gol Search Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted Gol Search from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of Gol Search on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from Gol Search

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with Gol Search. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Gol Search.. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tuneup. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Gol Search should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain it the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Gol Search and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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