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Remove Good-search.ml (Free Instructions) - Virus Removal Guide

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Good Search – a bogus search engine that can hijack any web browser

Example of Good-search.ml search

Good-search.ml is a browser hijacker[1] that is presented as a legitimate search engine. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) is promoted in software bundles and can hijack Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and other popular browsers. The purpose of this cyber threat – to control user’s browsing habits, display commercial content and get revenue from online advertising.

Good-search uses its own database and redirects users to its search results page. Therefore, it’s easy for the authors of the PUP to display altered search results. The main difference of between this bogus search tool and legitimate ones is that hijacker can place sponsored links instead of organic search results. Hence, this trickery helps to boost traffic to affiliate websites.

Additionally, Good-search.ml virus can display tons of ads above search results, and on each website, you visit. There’s no doubt that developers of the browser hijacker generate revenue from users' clicks. Hence, annoying advertisements or pop-ups might follow you around.

Annoyance is not the main problem of Good-search virus. Ads and links displayed by the browser hijacker might redirect to potentially dangerous or infected websites. On these sites you might be tricked into downloading suspicious add-ons, fake software updates or suffer from various scams.[2] For this reason, you should not keep this program installed.

Additionally, after Good-search.ml hijack, you might also be bothered by these activities:

  • replaced homepage, search engine and new tab URL address with Good Search;
  • inability to revert hijacker’s changes and set reliable search provider as the primary one;
  • delivery of an increased amount of online ads;
  • redirects to highly suspicious websites;
  • installation of unknown browser extensions;
  • data tracking.

We have already talked about potentially dangerous Good-search.ml redirect tendencies. However, the hijacker might also increase dangers to your privacy too. This potentially unwanted application might track and share aggregated details about you. Typically, this information includes browsing-related details.

However, you can never be sure what third-party tracking technologies the hijacker might allow to install or what information might gather suspicious add-ons that were installed without your permission. Thus, you should dedicate some time for Good-search.ml removal to avoid possible dangers.

The quickest way to remove Good-search.ml from your startup page is to scan the system with ReimageIntego and reset affected web browser. However, you can locate hijacker-related entries manually by following the instructions at the end of the article.

Image of Good-search.ml virusGood-search.ml is a dubious search engine that should be eliminated from the browser immediately.

Installation of freeware might lead to hijacked web browser

When downloading freeware, shareware or any free program from the Internet, you have always to check if you are not installing a software bundle full of PUPs. For that, you have to use Advanced/Custom settings and carefully monitor the process. Once you see pre-selected third-party “optional downloads” or statements agreeing to set Good-Search your default search engine, remove the ticks from checkboxes.

Simple as that you can stop a browser hijacker or adware from getting inside the computer. However, specialists from LesVirus.fr[3] report that majority of users use Quick/Standard settings which do not openly disclose about third-party apps. Therefore, you should ditch this bad habit right now!

Remove Good Search and get back control over your browser

To remove Good-search.ml from Chrome, Firefox or another web browser, you have to uninstall unknown extensions, reset the browser and suspicious programs via Control Panel. The guidelines below will help you to terminate this cyber threat successfully.

However, if manual Good-search.ml removal seems complicated or time-consuming, you should opt for the automatic method. It requires scanning the system with updated security software. After that, reset your browser and set your desired startup page or search tool.

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 Good-search.ml, follow these steps:

Eliminate Good-search.ml from Windows systems

Follow these steps to eliminate Good-search browser hijacker from Windows device entirely:

  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 Good-search.ml and related programs
    Here, look for Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml 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.

Erase Good-search.ml from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Good-search.ml from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml-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

Remove Good-search.ml from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninsall all questionable add-ons that might be related to Good search.

  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 Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Good-search.ml from Google Chrome

Remove suspicious browser extensions and reset Google Chrome to get back to normal browsing habits:

  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 Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml 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 Good-search.ml, 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 Good-search.ml removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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