There are many types of malware and one of them is ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). The adware, which causes the appearance of good-journal.net popup ads or the redirect to this unwanted web-page, have a negative impact on the functioning of your machine. It changes PC settings, generates lots of various advertisements, slows down the Firefox, Chrome, IE and MS Edge and the speed of your internet connection. Moreover, it may lead to the fact that web-sites are slow to load and the browser interface can even freeze. The main function of the adware is showing ads, so it may redirect your browser to an unwanted page like good-journal.net, instead of the one that you want to visit. Even if you try to type an address into the web-browser’s address bar, then the web-browser is anyway will open an unwanted ad web-page.
The ad supported software usually affects only the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge by changing the internet browser’s settings or installing a malicious extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The ad-supported software will perform a scan of the personal computer for web-browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the internet browser, you will see an annoying good-journal.net site.
Technically, the ad-supported software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates a large number of advertisements, hindering or completely blocking the work in the browser. It may install other unknown and unwanted applications without your permission, force you to visit dangerous web sites. Moreover, the ad supported software can download and install web-browser hijacker. Once installed, it will rewrite your startpage with an unwanted web page.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your computer from the ‘ad supported’ software as well as get rid of good-journal.net annoying pop-ups from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge and other web-browsers.
How did you get infected with good-journal.net pop-up ads
How to manually remove good-journal.net pop-up ads
The simple answer is right here on this page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will assist you easily to clean your computer of ad-supported software. Moreover, you can select manual or automatic removal method. If you are familiar with the machine then use manual removal, otherwise use the free anti-malware tool designed specifically to delete ad-supported software that causes annoying good-journal.net . Of course, you can combine both methods. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your web-browser or reboot your computer.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of good-journal.net redirect
- Delete good-journal.net advertisements from Chrome
- Get rid of good-journal.net advertisements from Firefox
- Remove good-journal.net ads from Internet Explorer
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It’ll display a list of all software. Scroll through the all list and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of good-journal.net redirect
Once the adware is started, it can also change the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the internet browser, it will be rerouted to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete good-journal.net advertisements from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s homepage, new tab and default search engine that have been modified by ‘ad supported’ software.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of good-journal.net advertisements from Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been modified by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to get rid of the redirect onto good-journal.net web site.
First, run the FF and press button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () like below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser address bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ‘ad supported’ software. Once it is finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove good-journal.net ads from Internet Explorer
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu as shown on the screen below. Next, click the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press on “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad-supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your computer, it will display good-journal.net unwanted site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a prompt which called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the malicious program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious application. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of good-journal.net automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove good-journal.net advertisements from the infected PC. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ‘ad supported’ software again infect your PC and it will begin to show annoying good-journal.net advertisements. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to get rid of ad-supported software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the personal computer.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer. It’s an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you delete browser hijackers, malware, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Now, click the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your system. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is finished, close all applications on your computer. Next, open the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, click the Yes button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is done successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole system to find out adware which cause a redirect to good-journal.net. When the ad-supported software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished. Please be patient.
When the system scan is complete, you can check all threats detected on your personal computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware which cause good-journal.net . Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes program to remove adware and other malware.
Stop good-journal.net pop-ups and other annoying sites
To increase your security and protect your PC against new unwanted advertisements and malicious sites, you need to use program that blocks access to harmful advertisements and sites. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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Once the download is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is complete, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, web sites such as good-journal.net, as well as other harmful 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 AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with good-journal.net is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove good-journal.net redirect, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is launched the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the ad supported software which generates good-journal.net advertisements.
- When it has finished scanning your machine, AdwCleaner will open a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, press “OK” button.
The following video explains the instructions above on how to remove adware with AdwCleaner.
Once you have finished the steps outlined above, your personal computer should be free from malware and adware. The Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge will no longer show good-journal.net annoying pop-up ads or redirect you to unwanted web pages. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new type of ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.