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How to remove the rgoodsearch.online address from browser settings?

Also Known As: Really Good Search browser hijacker
Damage level: Medium

What kind of website is rgoodsearch.online?

Rgoodsearch.online is a fake search engine promoted through a browser hijacker called Really Good Search. Really Good Search promotes rgoodsearch.online by changing the web browser's settings. It also adds the "Managed by your organization" feature (in Chrome browsers).

rgoodsearch.online browser hijacker

Really Good Search and rgoodsearch.online in detail

Really Good Search hijacks a web browser by changing the default search engine, homepage, and new tab to rgoodsearch.online. Rgoodsearch.online shows results generated by Bing, Google, and possibly some other search engines. It could redirect users to untrustworthy pages or show search results containing links to such pages.

It is very likely that rgoodsearch.online cannot be removed from the settings/changed to another address until Really Good Search is removed. A removal guide for Really Good Search and rgoodsearch.online is provided below.

Threat Summary:
Name Really Good Search
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Really Good Search
Supposed Functionality Improved browsing experience
Detection Names (Installer) Avast (Win32:TrojanX-gen [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericKDZ.79766), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (UDS:Trojan.Win32.Mixer), Microsoft (Trojan:MSIL/AgentTesla.LEG!MTB), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Promoted URL rgoodsearch.online
Detection Names (rgoodsearch.online) N/A (VirusTotal)
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.
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More information about browser hijackers

Most users install browser hijackers unknowingly/unintentionally. Thus, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is worth mentioning that browser hijackers and fake search engines can be designed to collect various data. More examples of browser-hijacking apps are GoCouponSearch, Venus Tab, and Anywhere Search.

How did Really Good Search install on my computer?

Browser-hijacking apps are distributed via downloaders and installers for other programs, untrustworthy ads, fake installers. Downloaders and installers used to distribute such apps have "Custom", "Advanced", or similar options. Users download or install browser hijackers alongside other programs when they do not change those settings.

Advertisements used to distribute PUAs can cause downloads or installations by running certain scripts. Users download or install unwanted apps by clicking on those ads. Fake installers are promoted on untrustworthy, deceptive websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download programs (and files) from trustworthy sources such as official websites, legitimate platforms. Do not use other sources for that. Also, avoid clicking on advertisements displayed on shady pages and downloading (and installing) programs without deselecting unwanted optional downloads (or installations).

If your computer is already infected with Really Good Search, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Rgoodsearch.online redirects to bing.com (GIF):

rgoodsearch.online redirects to bing.com

Website promoting Really Good Search browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Really Good Search browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Really Good Search 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.

rgoodsearch.online browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Really Good Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the rgoodsearch.online website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Really Good Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rgoodsearch.online 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 "Really Good Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing rgoodsearch.online 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, disable "Really Good Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.rgoodsearch.online) 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 rgoodsearch.online 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 "rgoodsearch.online", 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 really good search 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rgoodsearch.online 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 "Really Good Search", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing rgoodsearch.online 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 disable "Really Good Search", remove hxxp://rgoodsearch.online and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing rgoodsearch.online 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with really good search 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 really good search 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the purpose of forcing users visit rgoodsearch.online website?

The amount of revenue that the creators of rgoodsearch.online generate from it is directly dependent on the number of page visits.

Is visiting rgoodsearch.online a threat to my privacy?

Websites like rgoodsearch.online can be designed to gather various information about its visitors. That information could be misused for malicious purposes.

How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?

A big part of browser hijackers is distributed using social engineering tactics like browser notifications, intrusive advertisements. They also can be found in downloaders and installers for other programs.

Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Really Good Search browser hijacker?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate browser hijackers. It is worth knowing that manual removal might not be the way to get rid of browser hijackers. Especially when more than one of them is present. Apps of this kind can be capable of reinstalling one another (and preventing users from changing browser settings). Thus, all of them have to be removed at once.

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