The Go2searching.com is an one of the many undesired web-pages which can be displayed automatically each time you run your internet browser or perform a search in the Internet. Cause of this is a browser hijacker infection which was set on your PC without your consent. Once started, the browser hijacker infection may make some undesired changes to the certain MS Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome’s settings such as default search engine, start page and newtab to reroute you on the “http://go2searching.com/qarctrl.php?q=” page. Below we explain methods of removing Go2searching.com redirect from the Microsoft Edge, IE, Firefox and Google Chrome thus return your favorite homepage, search provider and newtab to normal state.
While redirecting, your internet browser’s status bar may show the following messages: ‘Waiting for Go2searching.com’, ‘Transferring data from Go2searching.com’, ‘Looking up Go2searching.com’, ‘Read Go2searching.com’, ‘Connected to Go2searching.com’.
As mentioned above, the Go2searching.com hijacker also changes the internet browser’s search provider. So, your internet browser, when searching something, will display a hodgepodge of ads, links to unwanted and ad sites and search results from the big search providers like Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it may also lead to slowing or even freeze your internet browser.
The Go2searching.com hijacker infection commonly affects only the Microsoft Internet Explorer, FF, Chrome and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The hijacker infection will perform a scan of the computer for browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the browser shortcuts, it will add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you run the web-browser, you will see the Go2searching.com undesired web page.
The tutorial below explaining steps to remove Go2searching.com home page problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the hijacker that may attack MS Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox and other popular browsers. The step-by-step guidance will help you revert back your internet browsers settings which previously replaced by hijacker.
How to remove Go2searching.com from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
The Go2searching.com is a hijacker that you might have difficulty in removing it from your computer. Thankfully, you’ve found the effective removal instructions in this blog post. Both the manual removal way and the automatic removal method will be provided below and you can just choose the one that best for you. If you’ve any questions or need assist then type a comment below. Some of the steps below will require you to close this web page. So, please read the step by step guidance carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Go2searching.com, perform the steps below:
- How to manually remove Go2searching.com
- Delete potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of Go2searching.com search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete Go2searching.com from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
- Get rid of Go2searching.com search from Google Chrome
- Fix hijacked web-browsers shortcuts to delete Go2searching.com homepage
- Run free malware removal tools to completely remove Go2searching.com redirect
- How to block Go2searching.com
- Tips to prevent Go2searching.com and other unwanted software
- To sum up
How to manually remove Go2searching.com
Most common hijacker infections may be uninstalled without any antivirus applications. The manual hijacker removal is few simple steps that will teach you how to get rid of the Go2searching.com .
Delete potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
Some of potentially unwanted applications, adware and hijacker can be removed using the Add/Remove programs tool that is located in the Windows Control Panel. So, if you are running any version of MS Windows and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to delete it through Add/Remove programs.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all applications installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video guide below.
Get rid of Go2searching.com search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer browser you return your browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as Go2searching.com.
First, open the IE, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of hijacker that cause a reroute to Go2searching.com page, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like new tab, homepage and search provider to default state.
Delete Go2searching.com from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the FF settings like newtab page, start page and default search engine have been modified by the hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
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, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Mozilla Firefox web browser settings to its original state.
Get rid of Go2searching.com search from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the hijacker, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s homepage, newtab page and default search engine that have been changed by browser hijacker infection.
First launch the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the plugin signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The web browser will show the settings screen. Another way to show 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 shown in the figure below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box as displayed on the image below.
You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the task of cleaning. After it is finished, the web browser’s settings including new tab, default search provider and start page back to the values which have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
Fix hijacked web-browsers shortcuts to delete Go2searching.com homepage
Once installed, the hijacker responsible for modifying your browser settings to Go2searching.com, may add an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut file for the Edge, IE, Google Chrome and FF. Due to this, every time you run the internet browser, it will display an unwanted web page.
Right click on the shortcut file of hijacked browser as displayed in the figure below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will display the shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown on the image below.
Then press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web-browsers which are re-directed to the Go2searching.com annoying web-site.
Run free malware removal tools to completely remove Go2searching.com redirect
The browser hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the hijacker again infect your computer and alter settings of all your typical internet browsers to Go2searching.com. Moreover, I want to note that it’s not always safe to get rid of hijacker infection manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Windows operating system. The best way to find out and remove hijackers is to run free malicious software removal apps.
Run Zemana Free to delete Go2searching.com startpage
Zemana highly recommended, because it can search for security threats such adware and browser hijacker infections that most ‘classic’ antivirus apps fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any Go2searching.com hijacker removal problems which cannot be fixed by this utility automatically, then Zemana provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
- Please go to the link below to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM). Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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- When the download is done, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker responsible for changing your browser settings to Go2searching.com. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the Zemana utility is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
- Once the system scan is done, you can check all threats detected on your personal computer. 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 “Next”. When the process is done, you can be prompted to restart your machine.
Automatically delete Go2searching.com with Malwarebytes
We advise using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to search for and remove Go2searching.com from your PC. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Installing the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware on your system by clicking on the following link.
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When the download is complete, close all windows on your system. Further, run the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install MalwareBytes on the PC system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Free will automatically run and you may see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) program will scan through the whole PC system for the hijacker that causes internet browsers to show intrusive Go2searching.com web-site. This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
Once the system scan is done, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free will delete hijacker that causes internet browsers to display annoying Go2searching.com web-site. When that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware to delete hijacker infections, adware and other malicious software.
Delete Go2searching.com browser hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free program which developed to remove malware, potentially unwanted software, adware and hijackers from your machine running Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (32-bit and 64-bit). It will allow to find and remove Go2searching.com browser hijacker and other web browser’s malicious extensions, including its files, folders and registry keys.
Installing the AdwCleaner is simple. First you’ll need to download AdwCleaner on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
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Download and run AdwCleaner on your computer. Once started, press “Scan” button . AdwCleaner application will scan through the whole PC for the browser hijacker infection responsible for Go2searching.com start page. Depending on your computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the utility is checking, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned..
Once the scan is finished, AdwCleaner will display a list of all items detected by the scan. Once you have selected what you want to delete from your PC, click Clean button.
All-in-all, AdwCleaner is a fantastic free tool to free your personal computer from any unwanted applications. The AdwCleaner is portable program that meaning, you do not need to install it to run it. AdwCleaner is compatible with all versions of MS Windows OS from Windows XP to Windows 10. Both 64-bit and 32-bit systems are supported.
How to block Go2searching.com
Use ad-blocker application like AdGuard in order to block ads, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install harmful and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons which affect your computer performance and impact your system security. Surf the Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of AdGuard for Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once downloading is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. After the install is finished, you will see a window as shown in the following example.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button 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 machine, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop ups, Go2searching.com redirect, as well as other malicious 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, that is located on your desktop.
Tips to prevent Go2searching.com and other unwanted software
To sum up
Now your PC should be clean of the browser hijacker that responsible for web-browser redirect to the unwanted Go2searching.com page. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and undesired harmful web pages) and Zemana (to periodically scan your system for new malware, browser hijackers and ‘ad supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Microsoft Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious software and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Go2searching.com from your web-browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.