Goweb App browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Goweb App?
Goweb App is a browser hijacker. Typically, software with this classification is endorsed in dubious ways, and often under the guise of "useful" tools. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines (in the case of Goweb App, searchnewworld.com). Furthermore, most browser hijackers possess data tracking capabilities, which are employed to record browsing-related information. Most users install Goweb App inadvertently, and thus it is also categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers with large user bases are common targets of browser hijackers. As mentioned, these rogue applications promote bogus search engines. Usually, this is done by unauthorized modifications made to browser settings. Hijackers generally assign the addresses of their fake search engines as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URL, however, Goweb App does not operate in this manner. Rather than altering the settings, it detects typed search queries and automatically redirects to searchnewworld.com. Few bogus search engines can provide unique results, and so redirect to legitimate search engines - searchnewworld.com is no exception. Once it detects a search query, it initiates a redirection chain, beginning with my-search.com, and then to searchroute and searchnewworld.com, which provides the search results of bing.com (a genuine search engine). Most browser hijackers are able to track data. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties seeking to misuse it for profit - potentially, by putting it to criminal use. To summarize, the presence of data-tracking software on devices can lead to financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, to ensure device integrity and user safety, you are advised to immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Goweb App|
|Supposed Functionality||It supposedly improves web searches.|
|Serving IP Address (searchnewworld.com)||18.104.22.168|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated internet browser settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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My Package Homepage, The PDF Tools Plus, DIY Projects, Online TV Streams are some examples of other browser hijackers. They often seem legitimate and tempt users to install with a wide variety of "useful" functions (e.g. quick/easy access to services/media, download optimization, web search improvement, etc.), however, these features are rarely operational. In fact, this extends to all PUAs - the only purpose of unwanted software/content is to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs hijack browsers, force-open untrusted and malicious websites, run advertisement campaigns and gather private data.
How did Goweb App install on my computer?
Some PUAs (including Goweb App) have "official" download web pages, however, these apps also proliferate through the download/installation set-ups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing normal products with unwanted or malicious software is called "bundling". When downloading/installing, ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using the pre-set options increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content onto devices. Intrusive ads proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install these unwanted applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
It is important to research all products to verify their legitimacy, before downloading/installing and/or purchasing them. Use only official and verified download channels, as opposed to untrusted sources (e.g. free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders). Download and installation processes should be approached with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements often seem normal and innocuous, however, they can redirect to highly dubious pages (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and so on). If you encounter ads/redirects of this kind, inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with Goweb App, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Goweb App browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Goweb App browser hijacker:
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- What is Goweb App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Goweb App application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchnewworld.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Goweb App browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchnewworld.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchnewworld.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Goweb App browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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.
Mac OSX users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Goweb App"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the searchnewworld.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Goweb App browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://searchnewworld.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:
Click the "gear" 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 "Goweb App".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Goweb App" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Goweb App", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchnewworld.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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "searchnewworld.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Goweb App", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Goweb App", remove hxxp://searchnewworld.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with searchnewworld.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove searchnewworld.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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