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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

GoForFiles
GoForFiles 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

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.

GoForFiles
GoForFiles 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 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 items
GoForFiles 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.

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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:

  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 GoForFiles and related programs
    Here, look for GoForFiles 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'

Eliminate GoForFiles from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset IE as explained below:

  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 GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of GoForFiles 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, GoForFiles should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove GoForFiles from Google Chrome

To ensure no ads come back, you should reset 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 GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles 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 GoForFiles removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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