What is gooogle.page?
gooogle.page is the address of a fake search engine, which is promoted through a browser hijacker called Palo APP. In most cases, these apps promote fake search engines by changing browser settings, however, research shows that this particular app does not necessarily change them to promote gooogle.page.
Note that, in most cases, users download and install browser hijackers inadvertently and, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Furthermore, these apps often record data.
When used as a search engine, gooogle.page redirects to s3redirect.com and then to s3arch.page or smashapps.net (which redirects to search.yahoo.com), or another address. The address opened by gooogle.page depends on visitors' geolocations.
Note that gooogle.page does not generate any unique results: users are provided with results generated by legitimate search engines or a dubious site that might include links to dubious addresses in the results. Typically, users can only stop a hijacked browser from opening the address of a fake search engine when the rogue app that promotes it is no longer installed.
In this case, gooogle.page (and other addresses) can be stopped from being opened by uninstallation of Palo APP. Installed browser hijackers can also gather various data. Generally, they target browsing related details such as, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened websites, entered search queries, and other details of this kind.
In some cases, they can access sensitive details as well. The data might be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. This can cause problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, or even more serious problems such as identity theft. For these reasons browser hijackers should never be trusted or installed.
|Name||gooogle.page browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Palo APP|
|Supposed Functionality||This fake search engine supposedly generates accurate and unique results.|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|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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pdfsrch.com, mybrowser-search.com and searchred01.xyz are addresses of other fake search engines. Generally, these URLs appear in browser settings (homepage, default search engine and URL of a new tab) after installation of a browser hijacker.
Commonly, these apps are advertised as useful and legitimate, however, most do not include any valid features and can cause serious problems.
How did gooogle.page install on my computer?
Generally, PUAs are distributed using a method called "bundling". Developers include unwanted apps into the download/installation set-ups of other programs. In most cases, additionally-included apps can be found (and declined) in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings.
Many users download and install these unwanted apps when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged. In this way, they agree by default with offers to download/and and install any additionally-included apps. Additionally, unwanted downloads and installations can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, various third party downloaders, installers, dubious pages, and other similar channels, should not be used to download or install software or files. They are often monetized by promoting unwanted, potentially malicious applications.
Programs and files should be downloaded only via direct links and from official websites. Check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps before completing the process.
Do not click intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious web pages, since they can open untrusted, potentially malicious websites or even cause unwanted downloads/installations. Remove any suspicious, unknown applications (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) already installed on browser immediately.
The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
gooogle.page redirects to s3arch.page (GIF):
gooogle.page redirects to smashapps.net (GIF):
Notification stating that Palo APP can read and change certain data:
Download page for Palo APP:
Screenshot of another browser extension (Serp App) used to promote gooogle.page:
Website promoting Serp App:
IMPORTANT NOTE! Sites that promote aforementioned extensions ask to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is gooogle.page?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove gooogle.page redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove gooogle.page browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove gooogle.page homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove gooogle.page redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
gooogle.page redirect removal:
Windows 11 users:
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:
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:
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:
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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the gooogle.page website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
gooogle.page redirect 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://gooogle.page 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 "gooogle.page".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the gooogle.page 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.
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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Palo APP") 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 installed PUA (e.g., "Palo APP"), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.gooogle.page) 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 "gooogle.page", 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 gooogle.page browser hijacker, 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 all 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 remove hxxp://gooogle.page 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 gooogle.page 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, 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 gooogle.page browser hijacker, 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.
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