What is Togo Quick Search browser hijacker?
Togo Quick Search is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that hijacks a web browser by changing some of its settings to togosearching.com. This app is a browser hijacker designed to promote a fake search engine. Users do not normally download and install apps of this type on purpose (knowingly).
Togo Quick Search browser hijacker in detail
Togo Quick Search changes the URL of a new tab, homepage, and default search engine to togosearching.com. This fake search engine shows results generated by Bing (bing.com). Togosearching.com does not generate its own results. Other fake search engines can serve untrustworthy web pages.
Lots of fake search engines include links to potentially malicious pages in their results, for example, links to sites designed to trick visitors into installing PUAs, providing sensitive information. Also, fake search engines can show results generated by other untrustworthy search engines.
Togosearching.com can be removed from the settings of a hijacked browser by uninstalling Togo Quick Search and a couple of other steps. A step-by-step guide for eliminating fake search engines (unwanted addresses in web browser's settings) and browser hijackers is provided below.
|Name||Togo Quick Search|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Togo Quick Search|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (togosearching.com)||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (togosearching.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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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More information about browser hijackers
Browser hijackers can be designed to collect browsing data and (or) personal information like entered search queries, visited pages, passwords, credit card details, and so on. Users should not trust apps of this type. More examples of browser hijackers are SearchStreamz, GetRadioSearch, GetMusicSearch. Most of them are distributed using shady methods.
How did Togo Quick Search install on my computer?
Browser hijackers are often distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs (usually freeware). Users can deselect unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other options before downloading or installing programs that are distributed together with them.
Users end up having unwanted apps downloaded or installed when they leave the settings mentioned above unchanged. Also, users download or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to run certain scripts or through fake installers.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Programs should not be downloaded or installed without changing "Advanced", "Manual" or other settings, or unticking ticked checkboxes that their downloaders or installers have. Downloads from sources other than official, legitimate websites and direct links should not be trusted.
Sources for downloading files, programs like third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial sites, etc., can be used to distribute PUAs. Advertisements displayed on questionable pages can be used to distribute PUAs too. Thus, those ads should not be clicked.
If your computer is already infected with Togo Quick Search, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Togosearching.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Website promoting Togo Quick Search browser hijacker:
Notification from a web browser about Togo Quick Search:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Togo Quick Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Togo Quick Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Togo Quick Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove togosearching.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove togosearching.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Togo Quick Search browser hijacker 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 (for example, "Togo Quick Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the togosearching.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Togo Quick Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "Togo Quick Search" 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 "Togo Quick Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.togosearching.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 "togosearching.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 togosearching.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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Togo Quick Search", 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 "Togo Quick Search", remove hxxp://togosearching.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 togosearching.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 togosearching.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.
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