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Remove G-search.pro virus (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

All the things wrong with G-search.pro search engine

G-search.pro virus belongs to browser hijacker[1] category, which means it automatically falls into potentially unwanted programs’ list. It was designed purely for monetization purpose, and it means that it is entirely useless for computer users. It turns out that G-search.pro redirect virus changes browser’s settings shortly after arrival to the target system, making the indicated URL browser’s new homepage address. This new homepage provides a search engine that delivers PlusNetwork search results. While some users tend to think that all search engines are more or less the same, we must point out that some of them, including the one we talk about today, are created with an intention to earn money in not entirely fair ways. It must be pointed out that G-search.pro hijacker aims to incorporate sponsored results[2] next to organic ones, and if the user accidentally or willingly clicks on them, they might cause a redirection to a pre-determined website. As soon as you visit it, both parties get a bonus – the website you get redirected to gets a visitor, and the developer of the described browser hijacker gets pay-per-click[3] type income. However, the victim in this situation is the user, because such redirects can unexpectedly throw him/her onto insecure[4] third-party websites.  G-search.pro virusG-search.pro search engine can easily become your default search engine, homepage and new tab site if you tend to install free programs in a rush.

Questions about G-search.pro virus

Each website is different, and you can never know what site you will be landed on. You might be rerouted to a dangerous site that suggests installing annoying ad-supported programs while stating that they are entirely safe and useful tools, and you might end up on sites that ask to provide personal information[5]. If you respect your privacy, better avoid using this search engine – while it cannot harm your computer, it can show you the path to websites that can. Therefore, we recommend you to remove G-search.pro hijacker manually or automatically. If you are willing to try to remove this potentially unwanted program on your own, please scroll down to see G-search.pro removal instructions that we prepared. If you are looking for automatic PUP removal solutions, use programs like ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

How could I install this program without knowing about it?

If you installed this program without realizing it, G-search.pro hijack happened. Usually, PUPs hijack computers without drawing users’ attention, and it happens only because users tend to act carelessly when installing freeware programs. You have to monitor the installation and make some adjustments during it to not allow PUPs enter your PC. Whenever you download a new program from the Internet and open its setup (or installation wizard), read all information it provides and, most importantly, do not rush! Your goal is to choose Advanced or Custom settings for the installation, opt out unwanted items, and finish the process successfully. If you used to choose Default or Standard option in the past, better scan your PC for spyware/malware because the chances are high that you installed more than G-search.pro throughout the time.

How can I remove G-search.pro from my browser?

If you are wondering whether you can remove G-search.pro virus on your own or you need a help from a technician, do not waste your time for these hesitations any longer. There are two methods how you can uninstall this browser hijacker – the manual, and the automatic removal option. For the manual option, you should read and follow instructions provided in G-search.pro removal guide below. For the automatic option, you will need to install an anti-spyware or anti-malware program. You can find more information about the removal process down below.

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To remove G-search.pro virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall G-search.pro from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall G-search.pro and related programs
    Here, look for G-search.pro or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove G-search.pro from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

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.

Remove G-search.pro from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove G-search.pro from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for G-search.pro-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove G-search.pro, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to G-search.pro and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the G-search.pro-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate G-search.pro virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the G-search.pro-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of G-search.pro from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Your task is to delete GSearch extension from Firefox. Use instructions presented below.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select G-search.pro and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete G-search.pro removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete G-search.pro from Google Chrome

If you want to delete GSearch, open Chrome Extensions panel. Use instructions provided below. Here, you will find GSearch extension. Delete it.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select G-search.pro and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete G-search.pro removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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  1. Logan says:
    February 22nd, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I was wondering, why am i getting plusnetwork and not google search results… thanks for the information.

  2. Paul says:
    February 22nd, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    great tutorial – i wish i didnt have to spend so much time searching for the right one. This is the only website that actually provided useful information!

  3. maro91 says:
    February 22nd, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks, just deleted it

  4. leon says:
    February 22nd, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Cant wait to delete this virus, finally.

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