The Goingtodirect.com is a web page which can be loaded into your internet browser with the help of adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The ad-supported software may modify the settings of web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge or install a harmful browser extension that made to generate tons of intrusive pop-up advertisements. It will lead to the fact that when you run the internet browser or surf the Net, it’ll always be forced to show Goingtodirect.com ads, even when your web-browser is configured to block pop-up advertisements or your machine has a program that blocks pop ups. On current date, the ad supported software continues to increase the number of personal computers that have been infected.
It is not a good idea to have an unwanted application like this ‘ad supported’ software on your computer. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you don’t know about. The ad supported software can also be used to collect lots of user data which may be later used for marketing purposes. 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 Goingtodirect.com pop up advertisements.
The adware usually affects only the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and MS Edge by changing the web-browser’s settings or installing a harmful plugins. Moreover, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The adware will perform a scan of the PC system for internet browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the browser, you will see an undesired Goingtodirect.com site.
So, obviously, you need to remove the adware as soon as possible. Use the free instructions below. This guide will help you clean your machine of ad-supported software and thereby remove the Goingtodirect.com undesired advertisements.
How to remove Goingtodirect.com ads
In the step-by-step tutorial below we will have a look at the ad supported software and how to remove Goingtodirect.com from Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge internet browsers for Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal utilities. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web browser or restart your personal computer.
How to delete Goingtodirect.com pop-up ads without any software
The steps will help you remove Goingtodirect.com pop ups. These Goingtodirect.com removal steps work for the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system.
Remove ad supported software through the Windows Control Panel
It’s of primary importance to first identify and remove all PUPs, ad-supported software applications and hijackers through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your Windows Control Panel.
Press Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown in the following example.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all programs installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by ad-supported software
When the ad-supported software is started, it can also change the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the internet browser, it will display an intrusive web-page.
Right click on the web browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. 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 “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, press OK . You need to clean all web-browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
Get rid of Goingtodirect.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If your Mozilla Firefox web browser is redirected to Goingtodirect.com 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 press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu like below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Firefox browser settings to its original state.
Delete Goingtodirect.com popup advertisements from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer browser you restore your browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by ad supported software that causes unwanted Goingtodirect.com pop-up advertisements.
First, run the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window like below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect.
Remove Goingtodirect.com ads from Chrome
Use the Reset web-browser tool of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings like homepage, newtab page and default search provider to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of internet browser redirects to unwanted ad web-pages like Goingtodirect.com.
- First, start the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
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 launch your machine, it will show Goingtodirect.com annoying site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays a prompt that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the unwanted applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as displayed on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Scan your personal computer and get rid of Goingtodirect.com popup advertisements with free tools
Use malware removal tools to delete Goingtodirect.com popup ads automatically. The freeware utilities specially developed for browser hijackers, ad supported software and other potentially unwanted programs removal. These tools can get rid of most of adware from Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of ad-supported software from Windows registry and system drives.
Scan and clean your browser of Goingtodirect.com pop-up advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool which can remove ad supported software, PUPs, browser hijackers and other malware from your system easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of system resources.
Now you can install and use Zemana to remove Goingtodirect.com popup advertisements from your web-browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) installer named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Start the install package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your PC system.
During installation you can change certain settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malware removal tool will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Now click the “Scan” button for scanning your personal computer for the adware which developed to reroute your web-browser to various ad sites like Goingtodirect.com. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer.
When the system scan is finished, Zemana Free will display a scan report. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will remove ‘ad supported’ software which cause annoying Goingtodirect.com ads to appear and add threats to the Quarantine. After that process is done, you can be prompted to reboot your PC to make the change take effect.
Automatically remove Goingtodirect.com pop-up advertisements with Malwarebytes
You can get rid of Goingtodirect.com pop-up advertisements automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We suggest this free malicious software removal tool because it can easily remove browser hijacker infections, ‘ad supported’ software, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download MalwareBytes from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 25, 2019
After downloading is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes Free will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, click the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC system for the adware which redirects your web-browser to annoying Goingtodirect.com page. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted programs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. In order to remove all items, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we advise you to read and follow the few simple steps or the video guide below.
Double-check for potentially unwanted applications with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana AntiMalware cannot get rid of this ‘ad supported’ software, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijacker infections, potentially unwanted programs, toolbars and adware that reroutes your web-browser to intrusive Goingtodirect.com web page.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 30, 2020
After the downloading process is done, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to start the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to start scanning your PC for the adware which cause undesired Goingtodirect.com ads to appear. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the AdwCleaner application is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
After the scan is done, you will be shown the list of all found threats on your PC as shown in the following example.
Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove adware that causes a huge count of unwanted Goingtodirect.com popup advertisements and move items to the program’s quarantine. When disinfection is complete, the utility may ask you to restart your system. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block Goingtodirect.com ads and other unwanted web-sites
By installing an ad blocker program such as AdGuard, you are able to block Goingtodirect.com, autoplaying video ads and remove a large number of distracting and intrusive ads on web-sites.
Download AdGuard program from the link below and save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. After the setup is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which 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 PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop up advertisements, sites such Goingtodirect.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web 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, which is located on your desktop.
How does your PC system get infected with Goingtodirect.com advertisements
Once you’ve finished the tutorial above, your computer should be clean from adware which made to redirect your web browser to various ad pages such as Goingtodirect.com and other malicious software. The Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer will no longer redirect you to various undesired web sites such as Goingtodirect.com. Unfortunately, if the step by step guide does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.