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Remove GoForFiles (Removal Guide) - Dec 2019 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

GoForFiles is a download manager you don't want on your computer

GoForFilesGoForFiles is a potentially unwanted programs that modifies Windows settings in order to launch itself automatically each time the system is booted

GoForFiles is a potentially unwanted program that leverages peer-to-peer[1] functionality in order to let users search for videos, movies, programs, and other items. Presented as a download manager for Windows devices, it may seem practical, as it supposedly allows users finding everything they need within a single search bar. However, GoForFiles is an app that you might regret installing almost immediately.

GoForFiles is often bundled with other malicious software and crapware,[2] so users might install it intentionally or as an optional component within a software bundle package. If not inspected thoughtfully, such installers often bring unwanted guests to the system. Upon successful entry, GoForFiles inserts startup items that allow it to launch with every system boot, display intrusive advertisements, and perform other unwanted activities. If you want to keep your system secure, you should start GoForFiles removal as soon as possible.

Name GoForFiles
Type Potentially unwanted program, adware, malware
Functionality Allegedly, this PUP allows users to download files by using an built-in search via the P2P network
Background process OptProLauncher.exe
Infection means The unwanted app can appear on users systems after downloading and installing freeware from third-party sites or after exposure to fake updates as well as online scams
Symptoms Intrusive ads are shown within the program window, startup items created, a scheduled task created, a background process running
Danger level Medium. Can result in the installation of other potentially unwanted programs or malware; 
Termination  You can use our manual removal instructions below or delete the threat automatically with anti-malware software
Recovery To ensure all registry entries related to the PUP are eliminated and no system crashes are present after termination, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

GoForFiles application has been around for many years and was mostly distributed on third-party freeware websites. The official website has been shut down, so users can no longer download the program from there. Nevertheless, it does not mean that there are no working download links for it, or that software bundles do not carry the GoForFiles virus.

Upon infiltration, GoForFiles will most likely introduce other potentially unwanted programs along with it, for example, bloatware Optimizer Pro. While other adware apps focus on settings modification of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other browsers, this app goes much further – it establishes its own registry keys, creates a scheduled task under the name GoForFilesUpdate (located in C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ folder), and enables startup items that launch the program with every system boot.

While some users might download GoForFiles because of its functionality, it is worth to mention that some files that could be found via the service might be illegal to download (i.e., copyrighted content), as the app works based on P2P functionality. Another downfall is that downloaded files might also be malicious, and infect the computer with a worm, Trojan, backdoor,[3] ransomware, or other dangerous malware.

GoForFilesGoForFiles is an alleged download manager that lets users download files for free. However, the app is a potentially unwanted program that shows intrusive ads

It is also known that GoForFiles ads may appear when browsing the internet, prompting users to visit affiliated websites. Unfortunately, pop-ups, flashing windows, in-text links, and other intrusive ads, may lead to sites that are not secure, or even show scam pages that ask users to download unwanted programs or even malware. Thus, if exposed to suspicious content, never download anything and leave the site immediately.

The correct action would be to remove GoForFiles adware. It can be done with the help of anti-malware, which recognizes PUPs or by following our step-by-step guide below. Besides, because the app might insert ads into web browsers, we recommend resetting all the installed browsers. After GoForFiles virus elimination, we also advise scanning the PC with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix virus damage done.

You can avoid potentially unwanted programs by carefully checking the installation instructions of the app

Software bundling became a standard for the potentially unwanted program delivery over the years, as it is extremely efficient. Reason for that being users' carelessness and quite a bit of deception from third-party sites or freeware authors.

In most cases, the installer is injected with additional applications as an optional offer that users can decline during the installation process. However, users are deliberately misled into installing these optional components by implementing such tricks as pre-ticked boxes, misplaced buttons, misleading offers, fine print text, etc.

Considering most users simply click the “Next” button until the installation is complete, the installation of unwanted programs is conducted on a massive scale. Most of the freeware sites operate the pay-per-install scheme, which means that each of such installations provides monetary benefits for the interested parties.

Unfortunately, end-users are the ones that end up with scareware, bloatware, and even malware on their machines. Luckily, these practices are slowly changing, and users are becoming more aware of online dangers thanks to the media, which exposes the importance of online security to the masses. On the other hand, there will always be people who are not careful enough, so this business model will hardly ever die. To avoid PUPs, security experts[4] recommend the following:

  • If possible, download apps from official sources only;
  • Avoid torrent sites and P2P networks;
  • Before installing the app, read up on it online;
  • Employ reputable anti-malware that could stop unwanted programs before the entry;
  • Always pick Advanced/Custom settings when prompted;
  • Read the fine print;
  • Remove the ticks from pre-ticked boxes;
  • Read installation instructions carefully.

GoForFiles startup itemsGoForFiles establishes scheduled task and startup items in order to enable itself to run background processes

Get rid of GoForFiles to ensure computer safety

GoForFiles removal is required to ensure that no malicious files enter via the peer-to-peer network. Besides, the app will displays intrusive ads within the program as well as outside of it, so web browsing sessions might become a nightmare. If you want to search for particular applications or other media, there are plenty of legitimate sources for that; e.g., YouTube for video streaming, Spotify for music, Steam for gaming, etc.

To remove GoForFiles, you should access the Control Panel to reach the Programs & Features section, and uninstall the app from there. Keep in mind that the PUP runs background tasks, which might prevent its elimination. In such a case, we suggest you employ anti-malware software that can recognize the GoForFiles virus and delete all its components from the system. Additionally, you should also reset the installed browsers to ensure that no ads show up during web browsing.

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 GoForFiles, follow these steps:

Uninstall GoForFiles from Windows systems

To remove GoForFiles from your Windows machine, perform the following actions:

To remove GoForFiles from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to GoForFiles (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate GoForFiles from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset IE as explained below:

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 GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles-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

Delete GoForFiles from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to GoForFiles and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case GoForFiles did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete GoForFiles removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove GoForFiles from Google Chrome

To ensure no ads come back, you should reset Google Chrome:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to GoForFiles by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the GoForFiles-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete GoForFiles removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall GoForFiles from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to GoForFiles and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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.

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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