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Goalked.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Goalked.com is a dubious website that disturbs web browsing sessions

Goalked.com virus
Goalked.com is a potentially unwanted program that infiltrates users' machines without authorization

Goalked.com is an untrustworthy and unsafe site that users get redirected to from other domains. The page does not have much to offer: it usually displays a black screen, claiming that the content is blocked until the push notifications are allowed. Those who agree, regret the decision almost immediately, as their Google Chrome, IE or Mozilla Firefox struggles to cope with intrusive ads, multiple redirects, and other undesired consequences. Redirects to Goalked.com pop-ups are usually caused by adware[1] that is injected into the computer during the careless installation of freeware or shareware.

SUMMARY
Name Goalked.com
Type Adware
Distribution Software bundling
Symptoms Increased amount of advertisements and redirects
Main dangers Malware infections, sensitive data leak
Elimination Use Reimage or our manual instructions below

Millions of websites let visitors choose whether or not they want to receive notifications from it. While it is an excellent choice for those who admire specific domains and willingly accept the proposal, there are also many sites that use such functionality to their advantage. Goalked.com adware is one of many of such created, including Umprow.comCheck2push.comChardwardse.club, etc.

While adware itself is not necessarily a harmful application, the presence of it does not benefit the end user in any way. If anything, it only brings the adverse effects such as redirects, pop-ups, deals, offers, hyperlinks, sponsored links which may lead to more junk on the computer, especially if handled carelessly. Thus, Goalked.com removal should be undertaken as a safety procedure.

Junk on the computer might annoy users and interfere with their web browsing, but the main danger lies in risky sites that Goalked.com virus might bring them to. While security researchers work on improved measures to protect netizens, social engineering attacks become more frequent. Users might end up on hacked websites, or download malware as a drive-by download.[2] Thus, infections as worms, trojans, keyloggers, ransomware, and others might be infected without the user noticing.

Additionally, just like many other PUPs, Goalked.com gathers non-personally identifiable information, which includes:

  • IP address;
  • Websites visited
  • Links clicked;
  • Technical information about the device;
  • Installed apps;
  • Bookmarks;
  • Cookies, etc.

All this data is compiled and used for marketing purposes or might be even sold. Beware that if you enter any personal data on compromised site (for example, survey scam like Amazon Membership Reward) might be stolen and used for illegal purposes. You can also get subscribed to services you do not need and want, but your card will be billed monthly. Therefore, no matter where Goalked.com ads bring you to, do not click on anything and enter any sensitive data!

Since the potentially unwanted program can install additional components without your permission (or trick you into it), security experts[3] highly advise to scan your machine with a reputable security tool – we recommend Reimage. Otherwise, you can also make use of our manual instructions, although such a method might take awhile.

Goalked.com adware
Goalked.com is a set of unsafe websites that might lead to malware infections

Potentially unwanted programs spread with the help of software bundling

Software bundling is a marketing campaign widely used by freeware and PUP developers. While debates whether or not it is acceptable prevail, the technique is prevalent when it comes to free software distribution. According to adware authors, users are free to decline the installation of the application. However, the problem arises when users are being offered additional programs deceptively.

In most cases, optional components are not disclosed unless users pick Advanced or Custom installation mode. In case Recommended settings are chosen, several installation steps are skipped, and additional programs installed. That's why users are not aware of how adware or other PUPs infiltrated their machines. 

Therefore, never rush the installation of new programs, especially if they are downloaded from third-party websites. Additionally, several security programs detect unwanted applications are allow the user to know about their presence.

Get rid of Goalked.com pop-ups either manually or automatically

Fortunately, Goalked.com removal should not be a complicated task for most users. It might be more problematic for those who have multiple adware programs installed for a prolonged period of time. Therefore, if your computer is hugely overloaded with PUPs, we suggest you download and install reputable anti-malware software.

Alternatively, you can remove Goalked.com virus manually by using our step-by-step guide below. Beware that this method might take much longer than the automatic one, and will not protect your computer. Using a professional anti-virus software is an essential step in the online security.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Goalked.com, follow these steps:

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Remove Goalked.com from Windows systems

To remove Goalked.com ads from Windows OS, 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 Goalked.com and related programs
    Here, look for Goalked.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'
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Get rid of Goalked.com 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 Goalked.com 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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Uninstall Goalked.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Once the PUP is eliminated, make sure you reset 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 Goalked.com 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 Goalked.com 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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Eliminate Goalked.com 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, Goalked.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Goalked.com 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 Goalked.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. 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 Goalked.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Goalked.com from Google Chrome

Even if you get rid of the adware that is causing redirects, some traces might be left inside Chrome. Therefore, make sure you give your browser a fresh start:

  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 Goalked.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. 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 Goalked.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Goalked.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 Goalked.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. 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 Goalked.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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