Goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker from Mac?

What is goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net?

goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net is another variant of a fake search engine called searchitnow.info. Developers claim that this site enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance, goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net may seem legitimate, but developers promote it using browser-hijacking downloaders/installers that modify browser options without permission. In addition, goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net continually records information relating to browsing activity.

goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Research shows that rogue set-ups target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. After successful infiltration, they assign goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net as the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options. These modifications may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them. Research shows that, as well as changing the options, set-ups install a number of "helper objects" (third party applications and/or browser plug-ins) used to reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are encouraged to visit goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. In addition, goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net causes redirects to my-search.com, searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com, and searchnewworld.com. The goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net site records various information relating to browsing habits, which includes personal details. Furthermore, developers share these details with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, information tracking might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net (and other dubious websites), immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to these sites.

Threat Summary:
Namegoto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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How did goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net install on my computer?

Developers promote goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net using a rogue download/installation set-ups. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers hide details of browser modifications within "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of the download/installation procedures. Furthermore, many users often rush these processes and skip steps. In doing so, they inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify browser options, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

As with goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net, potentially unwanted applications are distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements (which redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download/install malware). To prevent infiltration by potentially unwanted applications, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Intrusive advertisements may seem legitimate, but often redirect to dubious websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc. Most are displayed by adware-type apps. If you encounter redirects to goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully analyze all steps of the download/installation processes, and opt-out additionally-included programs. Avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting rogue software. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior - the key to safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Deceptive application installer promoting goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net:

Delusive installer used to promote goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net

Appearance of goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net website (GIF):

Appearance of goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net

Instant automatic removal of goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:

goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net redirect removal:

Remove goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.