Hello, I was kicked out of my web browser Google Chrome as there is a big browser hijacker controlling it there. The Gotofindit.com hijacks my start page and I cannot get it out of browser. Every time when I browse on the Internet, I’m always stuck by many popups and ads. And there is no way to get back the original homepage. Actually I guess this infection should access the browser when I downloaded a video. Do you have any good idea to get rid of this browser hijacker completely?
Brief Description of Gotofindit.com Hijacker
Gotofindit.com is categorized into the list of browser hijacker which usually attack different browser like Internet Explorer, Edge, Google or Firefox. It takes control of your web browser by changing the homepage and search engine. While it logs into your device, it loads its page Gotofindit.com soon automatically. Even though you close, next time when you open browser, it will soon show up as the homepage and your Google page is gone somehow. Many users didn’t care much about it when they see it first time as they thought it has no harm and can be used to search on the Internet as what they usually use Google. But actually while you use it, it will soon activate and add some harmful codes like extension, adware or plugin into background of browser setting. Sometime, you will find some strange links or website is added into bookmark or Favorite. Gotofindit.com hijacker would keep popping up product ads, discount, deals, coupon, fake updates or bogus security alerts, which will totally floods in the screen. Your computer will start to run slowly as many system junks are produced to take up system capacity, and meanwhile it’s sluggish while you’re surfing on the Internet.
What’s worse, this Gotofindit.com hijacker would bring some useless application installed into system, even some malicious program like malware, virus or rogue programs though those popups. Some Popups are actually unsafe and infected by malware, adware malicious programs and so on. If you accidentally click on those popups, the other computer threats would take an opportunity to access the system. In fact, if you get browser hijacker, the computer should get other computer infection if you can’t get rid of this Gotofindit.com browser hijacker as soon as possible. This Gotofindit.com hijacker is usually coming from the internet like unsafe websites, downloading free programs from unlicensed site, opening hacked spam email, receiving strange links or files and so on. The website usually popping up many ads, attractive pictures or videos may be hacked by cyber hackers and infected with malware, adware or virus there. If you visit this kind of website, it will be easy to get computer threats like this browser hijacker, adware or malware. Similarly, don’t download programs from unsafe site as the threats would be bundled into the program installer.
Main Symptoms of Gotofindit.com Hijacker
-Can change your homepage or the default search engine and it totally prevents you from changing them back
-Can always redirect you to other websites
-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities
-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive
-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.
-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.
-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of browser hijacker.
NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Gotofindit.com hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.
The Screenshot of Gotofindit.com Hijacker
Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)
There is a removal guide of browser hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.
Step 1: Press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC these three keys together at the same time to pull up Windows Task Manager; click Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find and end odd processes related to this Gotofindit.com hijacker. Names of the processes are random.
Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start Menu, then open Programs, click on Uninstall a program. Find suspicious programs or tool-bars related to the Gotofindit.com hijacker. Right click on it and select Uninstall.
Step 3: Go to Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then mark “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers” and unmark “Hide protected operating system files” (Recommended) and then click Apply or OK.
Step 4: Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Gotofindit.com browser hijacker.
Step 5: Clear all history, data and cookies of your infected web browser.
Gotofindit.com hijacker has the ability to insert into web browser and spy on user’s online activities, so it is suggested to delete all history, data and cookies of the infected web browser before a complete removal. Take Internet Explorer for example:
a. From the “Tool” menu button in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window, choose “Safety” > “Delete browsing history…“.
b. Then tick Cookie and website data and History, click Delete.
Step 6: Change your homepage of the infected web browser (Take Internet Explorer as Example)
From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools menu and select Internet Options, then click General tab, and input the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK.
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Gotofindit.com hijacker is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data like online banking details, credit card or paypal account information or your business data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Those pop-ups it creates will take up too much Internet resources and slow down Internet speed. The webpage will be hard to load up and even can’t be open after you have tried many times to open the webpage you need. In system, many unwanted junk files will be produced to occupy the rest of system capacity. Even thought at the beginning this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms or payware, this Gotofindit.com hijacker also has the ability to bring those harmful viruses to attack computer system, which will greatly slow down PC performance and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.
Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of browser hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on July 21, 2016 5:14 am