The GSearch Search is classified as hijackware (also known as browser hijacker). It changes your Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Edge’s new tab, default search engine and startpage and can redirect your web browser to some annoying pages. Of course, it’s not a malicious software or virus in the “general meaning” of this word. It will not delete or damage your files, but it can change some computer’s settings or download and install other harmful applications. So, you’d better to get rid of GSearch Search browser hijacker using the step-by-step guidance below and thus return your favorite homepage and search provider.
The browser hijacker, which set the GSearch Search as your startpage can also set this annoying site as your search engine. You will encounter the fact that the search in the browser has become uncomfortable to use, because the search results will consist of a ton of advertisements, links to ad and undesired sites and a small amount of regular links, which are obtained from a search in the major search providers. Therefore, look for something using GSearch Search site would be a waste of time or worse, it can lead to even more infected system.
While the GSearch Search hijacker is active, you won’t be able to restore the Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer’ settings like search provider, home page and new tab page. If you try to set your start page to be Google, Bing or Yahoo, those settings will be automatically changed to GSearch Search with the next PC system restart. But this does not mean that you should just ignore it or get along with this fact. Because this is not the best option, due to the GSearch Search you can have problems with the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, intrusive advertisements and even personal data theft.
The browser hijacker such as GSearch Search often change all web browser shortcuts which located on your Desktop to force you visit some intrusive pages and display annoying popups. As a result, your browser can still redirect you to an annoying web-page despite your browser is actually clean of hijacker.
We strongly recommend you to complete the steps which follow below. We will show you how to delete browser hijacker and thus remove GSearch Search from your Firefox, MS Edge, Google Chrome and IE forever.
How to remove GSearch Search redirect
We can assist you remove GSearch Search, without the need to take your machine to a professional. Simply follow the removal tutorial below if you currently have the unwanted browser hijacker on your personal computer and want to remove it. If you have any difficulty while trying to remove the hijacker, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section below. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your internet browser or reboot your system.
To remove GSearch Search, perform the following steps:
- Manual GSearch Search redirect removal
- Deleting the GSearch Search, check the list of installed applications first
- Get rid of GSearch Search startpage from Chrome
- Delete GSearch Search from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- Delete GSearch Search redirect from IE
- Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts that have been infected by GSearch Search
- GSearch Search redirect automatic removal
- Use AdBlocker to block GSearch Search and stay safe online
- How can you prevent the GSearch Search browser hijacker
- To sum up
Manual GSearch Search redirect removal
Steps to delete GSearch Search hijacker without any programs are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step tutorial completely to fully get rid of this unwanted GSearch Search homepage.
Deleting the GSearch Search, check the list of installed applications first
First, go to MS Windows Control Panel and uninstall questionable applications, all programs you don’t remember installing. It is important to pay the most attention to programs you installed just before GSearch Search browser hijacker appeared on your web-browser. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the Internet.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and delete any questionable and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort apps by date in the Control panel.
Get rid of GSearch Search startpage from Chrome
If your Chrome browser is rerouted to annoying GSearch Search web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your browser program to its default settings.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Google Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Another way to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet 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 as shown on the screen below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will run the process of cleaning. After it is done, the internet browser’s settings including newtab page, homepage and default search provider back to the values which have been when the Chrome was first installed on your system.
Delete GSearch Search from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Firefox settings like homepage, search provider and newtab page to its default state. It’ll save your personal information like saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the following example.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your Firefox internet browser settings to its original state.
Delete GSearch Search redirect from IE
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addons or toolbars on your internet browser, which installed by a malware.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as on the image below.
Once the process is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s home page, newtab and search engine by default to default state.
Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts that have been infected by GSearch Search
Unfortunately, the hijacker which redirects your browser to unwanted GSearch Search web-site, can also hijack Windows shortcut files (mostly, your web-browsers shortcuts), so that the GSearch Search start page will be displayed when you run the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, MS Edge and Google Chrome or another internet browser.
Open the properties of the internet browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of affected web-browser and choose the “Properties” option and it will open the properties of the shortcut file. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field like below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts which have been modified by hijacker that cause GSearch Search web-page to appear, usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as displayed in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks such as …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown on the screen below.
In order to fix the hijacked shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been changed by browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting user searches to GSearch Search.
|Google Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is finished, press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers which are rerouted to the GSearch Search intrusive site.
GSearch Search redirect automatic removal
Many antivirus companies have developed applications that help detect and delete browser hijacker, and thereby return installed web-browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to run. Your computer can have a large count of potentially unwanted apps, ad supported software and browser hijacker infections installed at the same time, so we suggest, if any unwanted or harmful application returns after restarting the machine, then launch your computer into Safe Mode and run the antimalware tool again.
Run Zemana Free to get rid of GSearch Search redirect
We suggest you to run the Zemana Free that are completely clean your system. Moreover, the tool will help you to remove potentially unwanted apps, malware, toolbars and adware that your system may be infected too.
- Please go to the following link to download the latest version of Zemana for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
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Update: March 3, 2018
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once downloading is done, please close all applications and open windows on your PC. Next, start a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of Zemana onto your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana will run and open the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button . Zemana tool will start scanning the whole computer to find out browser hijacker which cause GSearch Search site to appear. Depending on your computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
- After the scan get finished, Zemana Free will display a list of detected items.
- When you’re ready, press the “Next” button. The utility will begin to remove browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting user searches to GSearch Search. After the procedure is done, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
- Close the Zemana Anti Malware and continue with the next step.
Delete GSearch Search browser hijacker infection and malicious extensions with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro will help delete hijacker responsible for GSearch Search that slow down your computer. The browser hijacker infections, adware and other PUPs slow your web browser down and try to trick you into clicking on dubious advertisements and links. HitmanPro deletes the browser hijacker infection and lets you enjoy your personal computer without GSearch Search homepage.
- Visit the page linked below to download Hitman Pro. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Update: December 8, 2017
- When downloading is finished, run the Hitman Pro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, click the “Next” . HitmanPro tool will begin scanning the whole machine to find out GSearch Search hijacker infection and other internet browser’s malicious plugins. This process may take some time, so please be patient. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted software are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
- After Hitman Pro completes the scan, Hitman Pro will show a list of found items. Next, you need to click “Next”. Now, press the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malware found.
Remove GSearch Search with Malwarebytes
Get rid of GSearch Search hijacker manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, potentially unwanted apps, toolbars and ad supported software that your personal computer may be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
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Update: March 20, 2018
After the download is done, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, launch the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up MalwareBytes on the PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Anti Malware will automatically launch and you can see its main window like below.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) tool will start scanning the whole machine to find out browser hijacker related to GSearch Search . A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your PC and the speed of your computer. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted programs are found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
After MalwareBytes completes the scan, MalwareBytes Free will open you the results. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will remove hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to GSearch Search and move items to the program’s quarantine. After finished, you can be prompted to restart your machine. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to delete hijacker infections, adware and other malicious software.
Use AdBlocker to block GSearch Search and stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your personal computer against new annoying advertisements and harmful sites, you need to run ad-blocker application that stops an access to harmful advertisements and web sites. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Visit the page linked below to download AdGuard. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance as displayed below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop up advertisements, GSearch Search redirect, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent the GSearch Search browser hijacker
To sum up
Once you have finished the steps shown above, your PC system should be clean from this hijacker and other malware. The Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome and Firefox will no longer show annoying GSearch Search web page on startup. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the unwanted GSearch Search .