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Remove Gatmog.com (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Gatmog Search – a fake search engine that pretends to be legitimate

Image of Gatmog.com search engine

Gatmog.com is a browser hijacker[1] which usually comes bundled with freeware you can get from the Internet. After the hijack, it alters browser’s settings, blocks user’s attempts to revert them, and starts controlling user’s browsing activities. Besides, it seems that it is closely related to another virus called GSearch.

Typically, Gatmog targets the most popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. After installation, it sets your home page and search engine to https://gatmog.com/?q=. Initially, this search tool looks very similar to various popular search engines, like google.com, yahoo.com or bing.com, hence it might seem legitimate and useful.

Supposedly, its main aim is enhancing users’ browsing experience. However, gatmog.com virus is nothing but a dangerous search engine that brings no actual benefit for the user. This fake search tool is designed to generate advertising-based revenue for the developers.

Gatmog.com relies on a very simple scheme where, once the user clicks on a promoted search result, it leads him/her to a third-party website which generates profit. Beware that such generated links might lead you to websites asking you to provide personal details or prompting you to download malicious PUPs.

These Gatmog.com redirect tendencies might lead to infiltration of other malware.[2] Cyber criminals often take advantage of potentially unwanted programs and use them to reach potential victims. We do not say that this specific program works hand in hand with criminals, but you should consider that such action is possible.

Illustration of Gatmog.com virusGatmog.com is a questionable search engine that might hijack the most popular web browsers.

Furthermore, having Gatmog Search on your web browser, you can start suffering from constant redirects, intrusive ads, potential malware infections, and similar issues too. Additionally, this browser hijacker might use your computer’s resources to mine cryptocurrency and may steal sensitive personal information which may be sold to third parties for profit.

All activities that have been mentioned above can significantly compromise your computer’s safety and can even lead you to identity theft. To avoid this, make sure you remove Gatmog virus from the system.

If your web browser was hijacked and you want to get back control over it, you have two Gatmog.com removal options. The first and the most recommended one requires scanning the system with professional anti-malware tool, such as ReimageIntego. The second option allows terminating the hijacker manually.

If you want to delete Gatmog.com manually, you should not hesitate and scroll down to the end of this article. Our team has prepared detailed and illustrated instructions that will guide you through this procedure.

The program gets into your PC without you realizing it

Typically, users have no idea that they were infected by a browser hijacker until they notice some suspicious behavior on their infected machine. Suddenly, desktop shortcuts can lead you to completely different links, a search engine can provide results that are far from satisfactory, and you may start noticing many intrusive ads and redirects.

Unfortunately, if you have noticed such issues on your computer, you should blame yourself only. In most cases, Gatmog hijack occurs while installing free software from the Internet.

Usually, users do not use “Advanced” mode when installing free software, and that is how dubious programs infiltrate their computers. It’s highly advised not to use “Recommended” settings (despite them seeming like the most convenient option) and carefully going through each step of the installation process.

Security experts from viruset.no[3] remind that correct installation of freeware or shareware saves your time. Indeed, it’s quicker to use Advanced installer and opt out “optional downloads” than investigate the system and delete them when unwanted activities occur.

Eliminate Gatmog and keep your privacy safe

If you think that your machine is infected with a PUP, we want to encourage you to remove Gatmog using authentic anti-virus software. A software package that brought this hijacker to the system may have included other suspicious components that should be erased as well. For this reason, scanning the system with security software can quickly wipe out all PUPs.

If you are not willing to do that automatically, please follow our step-by-step guide below which will help you to take care of Gatmog.com removal from the system.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Gatmog.com, follow these steps:

Uninstall Gatmog.com from Windows systems

To remove Gatmog.com from the browser entirely, you have to uninstall all questionable program from the computer. Once you're done, you should check the list of browser extensions and reset the browsers.

  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 Gatmog.com and related programs
    Here, look for Gatmog.com 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 Gatmog.com 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 Gatmog.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Gatmog.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Gatmog.com-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 Gatmog.com, 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 Gatmog.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Gatmog.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Gatmog.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

To set your preferred homepage and search engine on Internet Explorer, you have to remove browser hijacker from the system first:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Gatmog.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Gatmog.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Gatmog.com 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 Gatmog.com-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

Eliminate Gatmog.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow these steps to delete Gatmog.com entirely from Mozilla Firefox:

  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 Gatmog.com 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 Gatmog.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Gatmog.com from Google Chrome

Some of the questionable extensions might be responsible for setting Gatmog as your default search engine. Thus, you have to uninstall them and reset Google Chrome.

  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 Gatmog.com 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 Gatmog.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Gatmog.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Gatmog.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Gatmog.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Gatmog.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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