Oh, my god! My homepage is hijacked. How can I kick it off? I try to switch it back to previous settings but the adware does not allow my changes. Now whatever website I browse, the new page Search-Goal.com always comes up. I don’t know how to remove it. Can someone help me please? Thanks in advance here!

Description of Search-goal.com Redirect

Search-Goal.com redirect is one of many web browser hijackers redirect that can automatically modify your homepage or default search engine to Search-Goal.com without your permission. It can invade your browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla firefox, Google chrome, etc. It enters your computer through bundling in your downloading free application or software programs. This method of spreading is called bundling. If you download a free application and do not pay much attention to the installation process, you can easily get a browser hijacker or some other unwanted program. Sometimes we are not patient with the installation procedures. You may just be in a hurry trying to see how some free program works and what you can do with it, so when you are installing it you just quickly click “Next” or “I agree” buttons all the time without actually paying attention to all the details of the installation process. And this hijacker redirect may be bundled in those free software or applications you download from the Internet. This is one of the methods how this kind of hijacker redirect and other similar adware even malware gets into users’ computers. Here we give users an advice that you had better always select the option of a custom installation instead of the standard one during the process of installation. Then you will be able to find out exactly what else you’re suggested to install into your PC. If you see any of such applications options, you must cancel this installation options and then end the entire installation right away. In a word, Search-goal.com can find its way into your machine by bundling itself into freeware, shareware or junk emails. Also, if you recklessly click on the suspicious links embedded in the social networking sites, you may pick up this pest instantly without any notice. So when you decide to download or install any free program online, you should always need to pay close attention to what else you are offered by the setup wizard to install into your computer. 

Once this hijacker redirect enters into your computer, its first task is to control your computer and web browsers to change your homepage or your default setting to Search-Goal.com. And you may find that the main screen of that is full of advertisements or unknown links, since it inserts endless tons of commercials websites and dubious links to your search results. So whatever you want to search online, it only shows you some inaccurate search results and sometimes, it redirects you to some other unknown website where unwanted and annoying ads pops up unstoppably and sponsored links occupies the results page. On the other hand, it even can spy on your internet activities and use cookies to collect users’ online traces and then steal personal sensitive information or data, like websites visited, search queries, cookies, online banking details etc.for unethical and illegal marketing purpose.  What’s worse, it can also open a backdoor to bring other dangerous adware or malware infections to mess up your computer by redirecting your browser to insecure websites. In this case, your computer is not only infected by one virus but more and in a more dangerous state. And this hijacker redirect takes up lots of system resources, so your PC will performs slower and slower. Finally, Search-Goal.com redirect weakens your computer, generates web traffic and even crashes the operating system. You are suggested to remove this hijacker redirect  as quickly as possible before it do further harms to your computer.

Main Traits of Search-goal.com redirect

-Can change your homepage or the default search engine to Search-goal.com 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 this browser hijacker.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Search-goal.com. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker virus for you.

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Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of Search-goal.com 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: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this hijacker, the name of the process of it is random.

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Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

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Step 3: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel XP-start-control-panel

Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs xp-add-remove-icon

Then try to find the program which relates to Search-goal.com hijacker, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.

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Step4: Change your homepage in your browser (Take Internet Explorer as an Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options.

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Then type the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK

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Conclusion:

If your homepage is changed to Search-goal.com and the default search engine is modified to Search goal, it is very likely that your browser is hijacked by a redirect virus. This browser hijack aims at attacking your website and modifying homepage or default search engine, and at the same time preventing you from visiting some websites about malware removal software, security websites and other legitimate sites that would provide you with virus removal help. Thus it can redirect you to the sites you don’t want to access. Among those sites there may be several or more malicious websites that try to deceive you into purchasing such fake commodity as fake antivirus program, coupon and so on. What’s worse, it can steal your important and sensitive information, so it is better to remove it as quickly as possible.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of Search-goal.com hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Karen Lawrence & last updated on July 26, 2014 6:26 am

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