Searchgol Virus

Also Known As: Searchgol.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Searchgol virus removal instructions

What is Searchgol?

The Searchgol.com website is promoted using the Searchgol toolbar. This is a browser hijacker, which infiltrates users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) via free software downloads. Many computer users refer to this toolbar as the Searchgol virus or malware. These negative associations are made since the developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. The toolbar installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet, thus, the majority of Internet users feel it was installed on their computer without their consent. Note that after successful installation, this browser add-on modifies Internet browser/s default search engine and homepage settings to searchgol.com

Searchgol.com virus homepage

Furthermore, computer users are unable to revert these settings, since this toolbar is installed with a 'helper object', which 'protects' the Internet browser settings (prevents them from being changed by the user). Today, the majority of free software download websites use 'download clients' and 'installers' in order to monetize their free software download services. These programs offer installation of promoted browsers add-ons together with the chosen free software. Technically, this toolbar is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), adware, or a browser hijacker. This software generates unwanted ads, causes browser redirects, and diminished browser performance, and hence, you are advised to eliminate it from your system.

Searchgol is similar to other potentially unwanted toolbars, which install without the user's consent together with free software. Examples include Babylon toolbar and Delta toolbar. Closer examination of this adware reveals a close relationship between these browser toolbars, since they are developed by Montiera Technologies and use deceptive methods to install on Internet browsers. The best way to avoid installation of Searchgol, or other similar toolbars, is to pay close attention when downloading and installing freeware. If your download is managed by a 'download client', click the 'decline' button if you are offered installation of additional programs or browser add-ons. When installing your downloaded free software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any 'hidden' additional installation options. To remove Searchgol toolbar and eliminate browser redirects to searchgol.com, use the removal guide provided.

Quick menu:

Searchgol virus removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

Searchgol uninstall

A variant of the searchgol virus:

Searchgol variant uninstall

In the uninstall programs window: look for "BitGuard", "Delta Chrome Toolbar" or "Search-Gol Chrome toolbar" and "Delta toolbar" or "searchgol toolbar", select each and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

Note that at time of research, the Searchgol toolbar was installed together with Boby Lyrics (adware which causes "Ads not by this site" unwanted ads) - you should also uninstall it from your computer.

After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which causes browser redirects to the searchgol.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.


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Searchgol.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Searchgol removal from Internet Explorer

A variant of the searchgol virus in Internet Explorer:

Searchgol variant in Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "delta Helper Object" or "searchgol Helper Object" and "Delta Toolbar" or "searchgol Toolbar", select these entries and click "Remove". Also remove "BobyLyrics-1" (this browser extension causes "Ads not by this site").

Change homepage:

Searchgol homepage in Internet Explorer

To change your homepage from searchgol.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove searchgol.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Searchgol default search engine in Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "SearchGol".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchgol.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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Searchgol removal from Google Chrome

A variant of the searchgol virus in Google Chrome:

Searchgol virus variant in Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Delta Toolbar" or "Search-Gol toolbar" select it and click the trash can icon. Also remove "BobyLyrics-1" (this browser extension causes "Ads not by this site").

Change homepage:

Searchgol homepage in Google Chrome

Change Google Chrome homepage from searchgol.com to your preferred domain - click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In teh "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over Search-Gol and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Searchgol default search engine in Google Chrome

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "SearchGol" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchgol.com redirect, 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:

Searchgol removal from Mozilla Firefox

A variant of the Searchgol virus in Mozilla Firefox:

Searchgol virus variant in Mozilla Firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Delta Toolbar". Also remove "BobyLyrics-1" (this browser extension causes "Ads not by this site").

Change homepage:

Searchgol homepage in Mozilla Firefox

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove searchgol.com and enter your preferred domain.

Change 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: "searchgol"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchgol.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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings 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.

Removal assistance:
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thanks for the guide, i finally were able to remove this Searchgol from my browser ;)