What is Goinf.ru?
The Video Saver application supposedly allows users to download videos from websites such as YouTube - "Video Saver - free browser extension for download video from Vkontakte, YouTube, and Facebook!". These claims are merely attempts to trick users to install.
Video Saver is, in fact, a bogus application categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). One of the reasons for these associations is stealth installation - Video Saver often infiltrates systems without users' permission. Following installation, Internet browser settings are modified and browsing activity is tracked.
After infiltration, Video Saver modifies the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox settings by assigning the default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage fields to the goinf.ru website. Furthermore, it installs an application and browser plug-in that prevents users from rolling back these changes.
In doing so, Video Saver considerably diminishes the Internet browsing experience, since users are continually redirected to goinf.ru when opening new browser tabs or searching the Internet.
As with regular browser hijackers, Video Saver collects various Internet browsing-related information including Websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, IP addresses, and other collected data that might be personally identifiable. This is later shared with third parties and can be misused, thereby causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
In addition, search results displayed by goinf.ru may lead to infectious websites. The presence of Video Saver on your system is a potential threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety, and therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall this PUP. Do not use goinf.ru as your default search engine or homepage.
Video Saver has similar behavior to other browser hijacking applications that also cause unwanted redirects and modify browser settings. Boxo-search.com, websearchy.com, spot-search.com, and zwiiky.com are just some examples from a long list of bogus websites claiming to be legitimate and useful.
The real purpose of these websites is to generate revenue for the developers by displaying ads (via the 'Pay Per Click' PPC advertising method), gathering information (and selling it to third parties), and causing unwanted browser redirects (to increase the traffic of certain websites). Browser hijacking applications provide none of the features promised and are useless to the user.
How did Video Saver install on my computer?
As with other other browser hijacking applications, Video Saver is usually distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software). Research shows that many users rush the download/installation procedures and skip most of the steps.
Bogus applications such as Video Saver are often hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, and therefore, rushing this process can expose the system to risk of infection. Since the amount of revenue received is dependent on the number of distributed applications, developers neglect to provide proper descriptions of third party software installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two main steps you should take to avoid computer infections. Firstly, closely analyze each step of the free software download procedure and opt-out all third party applications included. Secondly, pay close attention when installing your software - select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, follow each step, and cancel all bundled programs listed for installation.
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- What is Goinf.ru?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Video Saver application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove goinf.ru redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Goinf.ru browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove goinf.ru homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove goinf.ru redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Goinf.ru 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 "Video Saver" and other recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the goinf.ru website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Goinf.ru browser hijacker 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 "Video Saver", and other recently-installed 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://goinf.ru 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 "Search with us!".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the goinf.ru 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 "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Video Saver", and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://goinf.ru/index32 and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
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" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Search with us!" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the goinf.ru 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 "Extensions" and remove "Video Saver" (and 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, remove hxxp://goinf.ru 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: "goinf.ru"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with goinf.ru 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 goinf.ru 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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