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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Changes default search engine

Golsearch.com

Golsearch.com is a search engine that you can use like any search provider and which is also promoted by a toolbar called Gol-Search, also known as Search-Gol. The Search-Gol promotes the search engine searchgol.com, but now, another, very similar search engine is promoted by an identical toolbar. The browser extension is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and can be distributed along with other free applications. If you do not remember installing the toolbar and now think that your browsers are hijacked, it is very likely that you have recently installed some other application. Always pay attention to the information that you are provided with by the installation wizard so that you can prevent unwanted changes.

We recommend that you remove the so-called Gol-Search toolbar because it adds little functionality to your browsers. It contains a search box, links to Facebook and an online gaming website, and a box showing advertisements. The toolbar uses cookies, which collects non-personally identifiable information, including search terms and clicks.

As for the search engine golsearch.com, it is presented at info.golsearch.com, where it is openly stated that Golsearch has partners that enable computer users to set golsearch.com as the home page of a browser during the installation of various software programs.

Golsearch.com is a search engine that can be customized. It allows users to change the background and add links to the startup page. Moreover, at the top of the home page, it has a button named “Top sites”, which opens a box containing top 1000 most popular websites, including video streaming websites, social networking websites, commercial websites, and much more. These seemingly harmless features may encourage you to keep golsearch.com as your home page and default search provider, but you should bear in mind that the search results retrieved by golsearch.com may not be as likeable as the user interface of the search engine. The search engine golsearch.com has no control over third parties and do not endorse them by displaying their advertisements and links, which means that display ads on the startup page, and the links that you are provided on the search engine results page do not belong to golsearch.com.

In order to remove gosearch.com from the browsers and restore their former setting, you can use the following instructions, but if your operating system is not protected against malware and spyware, you should use a spyware removal tool. We recommend using SpyHunter because this application can easily eliminate golsearch.com from the browsers and safeguard the system against rogue anti-virus programs, browser hijackers, adware programs, Trojan horses and many other threats.

How to remove Search-Gol

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Remove the Search Gol Toolbar.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Uninstall the unwanted toolbar.

Windows 8

  1. Press Win+R and enter control panel.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Select Uninstall a program.
  4. Remove the unwanted application.

Remove golsearch.com from your browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet Options.
  2. Change the home page on the General tab and click OK.
  3. Press Alt+T and click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Click Search Providers on the left side of the window and set a new search provider.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+T and click Options.
  2. Open the General tab and change the home page. Click OK.
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and click Extensions.
  4. Remove Search-Gol and close the tab.
  5. Click the search engine icon next to the search box and set a new search provider.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and point to Tools.
  2. Click Extensions.
  3. Click Settings on the left side of the browser window.
  4. In the On startup section, click on the third option and click Set pages.
  5. Set a new startup page.
  6. In the search section, click Manage search engines and set a new default search provider.
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How to manually remove Golsearch.com

Files associated with Golsearch.com infection:

searchgolsrv.exe
SearchGol.exe
searchgolctrl.exe
searchgol4ffx.exe
uninstall.exe
searchgol4ie.exe
MySgolTB.exe
searchgol.dll
mysp.exe

Golsearch.com DLL's to remove:

searchgol.dll

Golsearch.com processes to kill:

searchgol4ffx.exe
searchgol4ie.exe
uninstall.exe
MySgolTB.exe
searchgolctrl.exe
SearchGol.exe
searchgolsrv.exe
mysp.exe
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