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Remove Go.paradiskus.com (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Go.paradiskus.com – a bogus search engine

Go.paradiskus.com virus example

Go.paradiskus.com is a browser hijacker that is presented as a useful search engine. Nevertheless, it redirects search queries to Yahoo; it’s not a secure tool to browse the web. It might trick into visiting questionable or high-risk websites, as well as diminish browsing experience significantly.

Summary
Name Go.paradiskus.com
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Affects web browser shortcuts and alters their settings
Symptoms Replaced browser's startup page and default search engine, more ads appear on the browser, redirects to third-party sites
Distribution method  Software bundling
To uninstall Go.paradiskus.com, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan

Go.paradiskus.com virus gets into the system with the help of software bundles.[1] Hence it can sneak unnoticed if users do not pay proper attention to freeware installation. The hijacker immediately modifies Windows registry and alters browser’s shortcuts to cause these issues:

  • setting hxxp://go.paradiskus.com/ as default homepage and search engine;
  • redirect to sponsored websites;
  • display ads, in-text, banners and other types of ads;
  • installation of unknown add-ons;
  • blocking attempts to remove go.paradiskus.com.

The main purpose of Go.paradiskus.com is to control user’s browsing sessions and possibly collect information about him or her. The main page of the search engine includes inactive links to About page, Contacts and Privacy Policy but they are not working.

Once clicked, they redirect to paradiskus.com website that displays 504 Gateway Time-out error. Hence users cannot learn what information might be collected and how it can be used. Researchers warn that such unclarity should not be tolerated because it may lead to privacy-related issues, but that’s not all.

Based on the aggregated information, the hijacker can display targeted ads which might be misleading and redirect to questionable websites. The similar Go.paradiskus.com redirect problem might occur when users click on a link in the results page. The hijacker might trigger redirect to sponsored site any minute.

Some webmasters use hijackers and other PUPs for promoting their services or increasing traffic to their sites. However, malware developers and scammers might take advantage of this service too. Hence redirects to scam, phishing[2] or other shady sites are quite common after the hijack.

For this reason, immediate Go.paradiskus.com removal is recommended. You can follow the elimination guide below the virus description. However, you can speed up the process by scanning the machine with ReimageIntego or another anti-malware software.

Go.paradiskus.com browser hijackerGo.paradiskus.com is a fake search engine that has features of the browser hijacker.

Distribution of the hijacker

As we have mentioned in the beginning, this shady search tool spreads bundled with various free programs. You can find a suggestion to replace your search engine when downloading video players graphic design programs or other programs. However, in order to see these offers, you need to use Advanced/Custom settings.

However, the majority of users rely on Quick/Recommended setup which does not openly disclose about third-party apps spreading with them. Hence, when you use this setup, you let the whole package to be installed. It goes without saying that it’s time to stop using these settings.

Security experts from the LesVirus.fr[3] note that choosing reliable software download sites also helps to avoid installation of undesired apps. Thus, you should stay away from file-sharing networks or unknown free download sites.

Uninstall Go.paradiskus.com and make your browser virus free

Go.paradiskus.com removal can be achieved by following our prepared manual removal guide. However, you have to be careful. Your task is to eliminate all programs browser extensions and similar entries. After that, browser reset is needed.

However, if you fail to remove Go.paradiskus.com manually or you are looking for a quicker solution, you should take advantage of the reputable anti-malware program. All you have to do is to scan the device with an updated program and reset web browser.

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 Go.paradiskus.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Go.paradiskus.com from Windows systems

To eliminate Paradiskus virus entirely, follow these steps:

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

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

Remove Go.paradiskus.com from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Go.paradiskus.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Go.paradiskus.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 Go.paradiskus.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Go.paradiskus.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 Go.paradiskus.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

Erase Go.paradiskus.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall questionable ecxensions and reset 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.paradiskus.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 Go.paradiskus.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Go.paradiskus.com from Google Chrome

Follow the steps to get rid of Go.paradiskus.com entirely:

  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.paradiskus.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 Go.paradiskus.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Go.paradiskus.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 Go.paradiskus.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 Go.paradiskus.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 Go.paradiskus.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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