Searchgol.com (can also be found as Search-Gol, Search Gol, etc.) is annoying search engine, which may show up on your computer instead of your favorite search engine. In most of the cases, it happens after installing unknown program that is promoted for free. Typically, this method is known as bundling and you should be very careful when downloading freeware and shareware if you want to avid it. For more information about that you should check the next paragraph. If Searchgol.com has already replaced your homepage and a default search engine without your appropriate permission asked, you should know that this program may show you altered search results. In addition, it may cause annoying ads during your search sessions, slow downs and other unwanted activities that can be avoided only by eliminating this hijacker from the system. No matter that there are numerous websites that call this search engine a virus, it can only be called a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or a browser hijacker because we have to admit that we haven't noticed any relation to malware. However, you should beware that it may sneaks into your PC system in a bundle with other programs and then may initiate changes on it. In a long term, Search-Gol may starts displaying advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may also be used to collect information about your browsing habits. We think that people should avoid programs that are capable of collecting data that is related to their browsing habits.
If you have just discovered Search Gol virus on each of your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and others) you should download SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware that could help you get rid of this hijacker. Also, make sure you don't use again if you want to avoid altered search results and similar issues.
Searchgol.com is distributed just like any other Potentially unwanted program what means that it can infiltrate your computer in a bundle with freeware and shareware. For avoiding it, you should pay attention to the whole installation process of the program that you want to install and uncheck the check box that agrees to change your start page or a default search engine to Searchgol.com. In order to get such ability, you should opt for Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. In addition, you should try to monitor every installation step and uncheck pre-checked check marks. If it manages to get inside the PC, it may immediately settle down on each of your web browsers. After doing so, it may start working on what it is created for – collecting advertising revenue. It is collected by causing Search Gol redirects to affiliate websites that seek to increase their page rank or sales. Just like always, we recommend using more reputable search engines. If you want to remove Search-Gol from your computer, follow this guide:
If you want to get rid of Searchgol.com, follow these steps:
You can remove Searchgol.com automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.
If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Searchgol.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.
After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Searchgol.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
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Information added: 03/26/15 06:08;
information updated: 03/26/15 06:08