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Go Save virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Go Save ads, ads by Go Save | Type: Adware

What is Go Save?

Go Save is an extremely annoying browser add-on, which displays continuous notifications and advertisements while people are browsing on the Internet. In most of the cases, computer users notice this application only after they open their web browser because it may infiltrate computer without a permission asked. If you have noticed 'ads by GoSaveNow' or similar notifications, it means that you have recently installed a free software that was bundled with this potentially unwanted application. It was designed with suspicious intentions, such as to show people ads, cause unwanted redirects, increase revenue for its developers and spread such and similar programs around. Therefore, we can assure that this application won't bring you any good and won't enhance your browsing experience in any way. The first sign of this browser plug-in is commercial advertisements on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Switching from one browser to another does not help for sure because this plug-in can work on them all. It modifies browser's setting and drops its extension, which enables various pop-ups, banners and so on. We believe that they are annoying and sometimes may be dangerous as well because they may redirect you to suspicious third party website, which may contain insecure content. Another sign of Go Save virus is diminished browser's performance. Probably websites that you have been visiting before will load much longer than previously. Besides, this browser add-on may install tracking software on your computer and may start monitoring your browsing activities behind your back. It is associated with privacy violation as user's are not directly informed about such activities. Third parties are interested in your IP and email address, search queries, websites visited and so on. Therefore, your personal and non personal information may be at risk. Moreover, if you allow GoSave stay on your computer, it is very possible that other adwares and potentially unwanted programs will find way to your computer. That's because this deceptive plug-in may connect to the Internet and install other potentially unwanted programs without your consent. Therefore, do not even consider to keep it because it is not only useless, but also pose harm to your computer.

How can Go Save hijack my computer?

We have already mentioned that 'Ads by Go Save' may infiltrate your web browsers unnoticed. This is typically done with a help of freeware and shareware, which is always filled with various free additions. No matter if you are downloading a free program from a reliable download source, do not rely on it fully. 'Bundling' is a legitimate distribution method, which is very popular nowadays. Developers of free programs willingly accept to display third party advertisements alongside their programs as they get paid for this. Therefore, if you want to avoid Go Save virus and similar programs, try to pay more attention to the installation process of freeware. Never click the 'next' or 'I agree' buttons without reading the notification as you may skip a check box with a proposition to install Go Save or similar program. If possible, always opt out for Advanced installation mode and deselect propositions to install any kind of free application that comes along with the program that you need. One of the most obvious signs, telling that this potentially unwanted program is inside your computer, is various pop-ups that notify about coupons, discounts and similar things. If you want to get rid of them, follow this guide:

How to remove Go Save virus from my computer?

If your computer has already been affected with Go Save add-on and you are constantly experiencing unwanted redirects, it is time to act now and remove it at once. You can do so either manually or automatically. For more details follow the guidelines below.

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To remove Go Save virus, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Go Save 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 Go Save and related programs
    Here, look for Go Save 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'
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Uninstall Go Save from Mac OS X system

  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 Save 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'
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Remove Go Save from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Save 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 Save removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Go Save virus from Microsoft Edge

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 Save should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Go Save from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Save 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Go Save removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Go Save from 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 Go Save 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Go Save removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Go Save 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 Save or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Save removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Greg says:
    October 4th, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I love you too Nicole.

  2. Ron says:
    October 20th, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I did everything you said here and Go Save still wont die.

  3. Dane McLeod says:
    October 20th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    My name is Dane McLeod, and I am the CEO of www [dot] gosave [dot] com. We are *NOT* the company distributing this malware. It recently came to our attention that a third party developer was using our trademarked brand name “GoSave” to distribute this malware. We are really sorry this infected your computer, and our team is hard at work to remove it from the internet. We would appreciate your help if you could let us know where you downloaded the software so that we can take appropriate action to help fight back. Please email me at any time at dane [at] gosave [dot com. I would really appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks!

  4. Kass says:
    October 23rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I tried so many different methods and none of them worked but I found a way to remove go save within google chrome. Go to settings then extensions. You should be able to click on the extension and it will show you a link of where the extension is located. Click on that link and delete the files that you find. I did that and it worked!

  5. Jane says:
    May 26th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    It keeps coming back. GoSave wont die in my comp. Helppppppp!!!!!

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