Are your web-browser’s newtab page, home page and search engine by default overridden and when you try to open your homepage, you are automatically rerouted to the Gosrch.co page? Then this might be a sign that your machine has become a victim of unwanted software from the browser hijacker family. It is a type of malware that is developed to change some settings of installed web browsers. To remove the hijacker you need to free your web-browser from any extensions you have recently installed on your computer and perform a scan using a trustworthy anti malware or antivirus program.
As mentioned above, the Gosrch.co hijacker infection also modifies the web-browser’s search engine. So, your web-browser, when searching something, will open a hodgepodge of ads, links to unwanted and ad web-sites and search results from the big search providers like Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a web browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it may also lead to slowing or even freeze your browser.
It is not a good idea to have an undesired application like Gosrch.co browser hijacker on your machine. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you don’t know about. The hijacker infection has the ability to gather a wide variety of confidential data which can be later sold to third parties. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any advertisements on the Gosrch.co web page.
We strongly recommend that you perform the instructions below which will help you to delete Gosrch.co using the standard features of Windows and some proven free applications.
Remove Gosrch.co search
There are a simple manual guide below that will assist you to get rid of Gosrch.co from your MS Windows computer. The most effective solution to remove this hijacker infection is to perform the manual removal instructions and then run Zemana Free, MalwareBytes or AdwCleaner automatic tools (all are free). The manual solution will help to weaken this browser hijacker infection and these malicious software removal tools will completely delete Gosrch.co and restore the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge settings to default.
To remove Gosrch.co, complete the steps below:
- How to remove Gosrch.co redirect without any software
- Gosrch.co home page automatic removal
- How to stop Gosrch.co redirect
- How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Gosrch.co hijacker
- To sum up
How to remove Gosrch.co redirect without any software
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to remove the Gosrch.co start page from the Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge internet browsers.
Uninstalling the Gosrch.co, check the list of installed programs first
We recommend that you start the system cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed software and remove all unknown or suspicious software. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the harmful applications such as ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijacker infections may be bundled with free software. Delete the unwanted software can remove the undesired advertisements or internet browser redirect.
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Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all software installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Get rid of Gosrch.co from FF by resetting browser settings
If your Firefox internet browser startpage has replaced to Gosrch.co without your permission or an unknown search engine displays results for your search, then it may be time to perform the internet browser reset.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your FF web browser settings to its original state.
Get rid of Gosrch.co redirect from Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we suggest you to reset Google Chrome internet browser. It will restore Chrome settings including home page, newtab page and default search provider to defaults.
First launch the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The browser will open the settings screen. Another solution to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box like below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the task of cleaning. After it’s complete, the browser’s settings including homepage, new tab and search provider by default back to the values which have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your PC system.
Delete Gosrch.co homepage from Internet Explorer
In order to recover all internet browser new tab, startpage and search provider by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the MS Windows was installed on your computer.
First, open the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The IE will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of hijacker infection which alters browser settings to replace your newtab page, home page and search provider by default with Gosrch.co site, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings like start page, new tab and default search provider to default state.
Gosrch.co home page automatic removal
Many antivirus companies have developed programs that help detect and delete browser hijacker, and thereby return installed web browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free applications you may want to use. Your computer may have lots of potentially unwanted applications, adware and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we suggest, if any unwanted or harmful application returns after rebooting the personal computer, then boot your PC into Safe Mode and run the anti-malware tool again.
How to remove Gosrch.co with Zemana AntiMalware
We recommend you to run the Zemana which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the utility will help you to remove potentially unwanted software, malware, toolbars and adware that your machine may be infected too.
Now you can install and run Zemana to remove Gosrch.co redirect from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your machine. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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Update: March 3, 2018
Start the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your system.
During installation you can change some settings, but we advise you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When setup is finished, this malware removal tool will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button for checking your PC system for the hijacker infection responsible for redirecting user searches to Gosrch.co. Depending on your computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
Once Zemana Anti-Malware completes the scan, you’ll be opened the list of all found threats on your computer. Review the report and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will remove hijacker responsible for redirections to Gosrch.co and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When the process is complete, you can be prompted to restart your computer to make the change take effect.
Scan and clean your computer of browser hijacker with Malwarebytes
We advise using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to scan for and remove Gosrch.co start page from your system. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the machine.
- Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Update: March 20, 2018
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When downloading is finished, please close all programs and open windows on your computer. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) onto your system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes will launch and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button for scanning your machine for the hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Gosrch.co. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) application is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- When the checking is done, MalwareBytes Free will show a scan report.
- Review the report and then click the “Quarantine Selected” button. When the procedure is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Remove Gosrch.co redirect from web browsers with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana cannot get rid of this hijacker infection, then we advises to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for malicious software, ad-supported software, PUPs, toolbars as well as hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Gosrch.co.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 24, 2018
When downloading is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. After the tool is opened, you will see a screen as shown in the following example.
Further, click “Scan” button for checking your computer for the hijacker related to Gosrch.co search. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. Once that process is finished, you may check all threats detected on your machine as displayed in the figure below.
You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt as displayed in the following example.
You need to click “OK”. When disinfection is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. When your PC is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stop Gosrch.co redirect
It is also critical to protect your web-browsers from malicious pages and ads by using an ad blocker program like AdGuard. Security experts says that it will greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard can also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- Once downloading is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop-up ads, web-sites such Gosrch.co, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Gosrch.co hijacker
In many cases, the freeware installer includes the optional ‘ad supported’ software or PUPs like this browser hijacker infection. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to choose a Custom, Advanced or Manual installation method. Here disable all third-party applications in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you don’t need to install the bundled programs which you don’t trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free applications is installed, if you uninstall this software, the home page, new tab page and search engine by default of your favorite web-browser will not be restored. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the instructions above.
To sum up
Once you have complete the few simple steps outlined above, your computer should be clean from hijacker that cause Gosrch.co web page to appear and other malicious software. The Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge will no longer show annoying Gosrch.co start page on startup. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.