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Websearch.goodforsearch.info Redirect

Also Known As: Goodforsearch.info browser hijacker
Damage level: Medium

Websearch.goodforsearch.info redirect removal instructions

What is websearch.goodforsearch.info?

On initial inspection, websearch.goodforsearch.info may appear to be a legitimate search website (such as Google, Bing, etc.) used either as a homepage or default search engine. Despite this, websearch.goodforsearch.info is classed as a browser hijacker. Following successful infiltration, this website modifies the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine browser settings by assigning them to websearch.goodforsearch.info without users' consent. Furthermore, several small applications (called 'helper objects') are also installed to prevent users from reverting these changes. This browser hijacker is often bundled with free software, and therefore, poor attention by users during download of software from freeware download websites often leads to browser infiltration.

websearch.goodforsearch.com browser hijacker

Many popular freeware download websites including soft32.com, download.com, and softonic.com employ small 'download applications' to supposedly 'ease the download process'. These download apps (also called 'download managers', 'installers', 'download clients', etc.) include additional programs together with the chosen software to monetize download websites' free services and traffic. Download applications offer installation of third-party apps, which are described as legitimate, however, accepting installation of them exposes computers to adware or malware infections. These infections display intrusive online advertisements and track users' Internet browsing activity. The displayed ads usually redirect to bogus websites and collected data that may contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, system infection can lead to further high-risk computer infections and/or serious privacy issues. You are strongly advised against the use of websearch.goodforsearch.info as your default search engine, since the displayed results may lead to computer infections.

The websearch.goodforsearch.info website is a regular browser hijacker similar to many others including globososo.com, search.yahoo.com, homepage-web.com, safehomepage.com, and i-search.us.com. Although claiming to be legitimate, these websites have similar or identical behavior to websearch.goodforsearch.info. After installation (together with additional free software), browser settings are modified, and redirects are enforced without users' consent. These actions are carried out to generate revenue by increasing the traffic of other websites (unwanted browser redirects), displaying intrusive online ads, and sharing collected data with third parties. To protect your system from such infections, follow each step of the free software download procedure and never accept offers to install additional programs. Furthermore, when installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps, or other additional software listed for installation, and allow you to opt-out. If your browser continually redirects you to the websearch.goodforsearch.info website without your consent, the following guidelines will help you to eliminate this problem from your system.

Deceptive free software installer used in websearch.goodforsearch.info browser hijacker distribution:

websearch.goodforsearch.com browser hijacker installer

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Quick menu:

Websearch.goodforsearch.info 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.

websearch.goodforsearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for “SalePlus”, “PageEdit”, “bestadblocker”, "ProcessFunc" select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the websearch.goodforsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Websearch.goodforsearch.info browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SalePlus", and "bestadblocker", select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://websearch.goodforsearch.info 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:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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 "WebSearch".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the goodforsearch.info 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.

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:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "SialePluss", and "PageEdit", select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://websearch.goodforsearch.info and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com from Google Chrome default search engine

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 the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "WebSearch" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the goodforsearch.info 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 websearch.goodforsearch.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "bestadblocker", "SialePluss" (and other recently-installed browser plug-ins).

Change your homepage:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com 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, remove hxxp://websearch.goodforsearch.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing websearch.goodforsearch.com 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: "websearch.goodforsearch.info"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with goodforsearch.info 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 goodforsearch.info 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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