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Remove Go.myquery.net virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Go.myquery.net might start controlling your browsing sessions after careless installation of freeware

Go.myquery.net

 

Go.myquery.net is a browser hijacker that forces people to use MyQuery search engine. The potentially unwanted program (PUP) usually sneaks in the device with freeware package and alters targeted browsers’ settings.

When users open their browsers after the Go.myquery.net hijack, they find an unknown domain set as their startup page. At first sight, it seems to be a legitimate search engine because it provides Yahoo search results; however, this should not deceive you because the results may be altered[1].

No matter what users do, Go.myquery.net redirect virus always reroutes them to Yahoo rather than providing search results by Google or whichever search engine they prefer using. It seems that authors of the PUP generate revenue from Yahoo affiliate program by taking advantage of computer users.

To prevent this program from causing intrusive browser redirects[2], you should find and remove it from the system. However, it might not be easy to remove Go.myquery.net. Usually, users cannot delete the associated programs because a specific file is currently in use or for another reason. Reportedly, the browser hijacker is closely associated with WindowsTM adware and Apple-Panda.com domain, so when trying to delete potentially unwanted programs from the system, you should look for files related to these as well.

Another problem with Go.myquery.net redirects is that they can also land you on highly dangerous Internet sites. The hijacker might also insert deceptive links into search results or trigger redirects without your notice, and these can land you on sites full of shady download links,[3] scam surveys[4] or untrustworthy ads.

It’s best to say that you should stay away from such sites and consider available Go.myquery.net removal options to make your computer work normally again. You can opt for automatic removal option and rely on programs like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, or try to delete the hijacker manually.

Screenshot of Go.myquery.net virus
Go.myquery.net redirect virus implements URL redirections to suspicious Yahoo search engine page. We highly suggest you to avoid browsing through these search results because Myquery search virus might insert sponsored links to them, and some of these can be dangerous.

Software bundling helps to trick users into installing the hijacker themselves

According to experts from Udenvirus.dk[5], software bundling is the primary distribution option when it comes to dissemination of browser hijackers. It is considered to be a legitimate way of software distribution since the program has to receive user’s permission to be installed.

The main problem is, this permission is swindled in a quite indirect way – usually, without user’s knowledge when she or he installs programs under Quick/Recommended settings. To avoid Go.myquery.net hijack and installation of other unknown programs, you have to:

  • choose Custom/Advanced settings for the installation;
  • unmark pre-selected agreements to change your default search engine;
  • deselect all “optional downloads” that are offered to install together with the primary program.

Guidelines for Go.myquery.net removal from the browsers

If you want to remove Go.myquery.net virus and prevent it from coming back, you need to follow the instructions provided below. You will need to delete all programs associated with the hijacker and also alter settings that it has touched.

However, a successful Go.myquery.net removal usually requires anti-spyware software intervention, however, if you follow the provided steps attentively enough, you can get rid of the hijacker without using it as well.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Go.myquery.net virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Go.myquery.net from Windows systems

Uninstall WindowsTM, MyQuery and other suspicious programs using the tutorial given below. In addition, remove http://go.myquery.com/ URL from browser shortcuts.

  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 Go.myquery.net and related programs
    Here, look for Go.myquery.net 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 Go.myquery.net 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.

Delete Go.myquery.net from Mac OS X system

It's uncommon for the hijacker to attack Mac OS X. However, if it happened, these instructions will explain to you what steps to take:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Go.myquery.net or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase Go.myquery.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

If Internet Explored was hijacked, these steps will help you to fix it:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Go.myquery.net and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Go.myquery.net removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Go.myquery.net virus from Microsoft Edge

These guidelines will show you how to wipe out browser hijacker from the system.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Go.myquery.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Go.myquery.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow these steps to wipe out all entries that are related toGo.myquery.net from the 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 Go.myquery.net 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 Go.myquery.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Go.myquery.net from Google Chrome

Get rid of the annoying hijacker by deleting its URL from default search and homepage settings. In addition, you must uninstall extensions associated with this shady search virus.

  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 Go.myquery.net 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 Go.myquery.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Go.myquery.net from Safari

These guides will help to get rid of the hijacker entirely:

  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 Go.myquery.net 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 Go.myquery.net, 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 Go.myquery.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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