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Go.genieonewsapp.com Redirect

Also Known As: go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker
Damage level: Medium

What is go.genieonewsapp.com?

go.genieonewsapp.com is a fake search engine identical to go.searchgenieo.com, go.deepteep.com, and many others. By offering improved results, this site attempts to give the impression of legitimacy, however, it is promoted using rogue download/installation setups designed to modify browser options without permission.

Furthermore, go.genieonewsapp.com records various user-system information relating to browsing activity.

go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker

Research shows that rogue set-ups usually target the most popular browsers - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Immediately after infiltration, they assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage settings to go.genieonewsapp.com.

In addition, set-ups stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (third party applications and/or browser plug-ins) that reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them.

Therefore, unless "helper objects" are uninstalled, returning browsers to their previous state becomes impossible and users are encouraged to visit go.genieonewsapp.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience.

In addition, once a search query is entered, go.genieonewsapp.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com (Yahoo) - a legitimate web search engine. Therefore, go.genieonewsapp.com is useless and redundant. Another known issue is information tracking. Research shows that go.genieonewsapp.com and "helper objects" continually gather data relating to web browsing activity.

Furthermore, recorded information (IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, etc.) usually includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing personal details.

Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to go.genieonewsapp.com, immediately remove dubious applications and browser plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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As mentioned above, go.genieonewsapp.com is identical to a number of other fake search engines. In fact, all are very similar. They offer 'useful features' such as improved results, quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, etc, however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy.

The only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving value for regular users, websites such as go.genieonewsapp.com cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a direct threat to your privacy.

Fake search engines often generate false results and intrusive advertisements (leading to dubious websites) - using them can thus result in various system infections.

How did go.genieonewsapp.com install on my computer?

go.genieonewsapp.com is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, all information regarding modification of browser settings is hidden within "Custom/Advanced" options of these procedures.

By carelessly skipping steps, many users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify browser options. In addition, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted applications are distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements (that redirect to malicious sites and run scripts designed to download/install malware). Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additionally-included programs.

In addition, we recommend that you avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") unwanted apps. Your software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Intrusive ads usually seem legitimate, since developers invest time and money into their design.

These ads often redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. In most cases, they are displayed by adware-type programs.

If you experience dubious redirects, check the list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and uninstall any suspicious entries. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Deceptive free software installer promoting go.genieonewsapp.com fake search engine:

go.genieonewsapp.com promoting installer

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Quick menu:

go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (e.g., "Bonefreeze"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the go.genieonewsapp.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):

Video showing how to remove go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (Mac OS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://go.genieonewsapp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "go.genieonewsapp.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.go.genieonewsapp.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "go.genieonewsapp.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove all recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://go.genieonewsapp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing go.genieonewsapp.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "genieonewsapp.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the go.genieonewsapp.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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