Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is gold-page.com?
Gold-page.com is a bogus Internet search engine identical to zeta-search.com, delta-search.com, only-search.com, and a number of other rogue sites. The appearance of gold-page.com is identical to Google, Bing, and other popular Internet search engines and, therefore, many users initially believe that gold-page.com is legitimate.
In fact, this site is promoted using dubious software 'installer' set-ups designed to modify web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings without users' permission. Furthermore, gold-page.com generates untrusted search results and tracks Internet browsing activity.
During installation, bogus installers assign the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL browser settings to the gold-page.com website. In addition, several 'helper objects' (browser extensions and/or apps) are installed to prevent users from rolling back these changes.
Helper objects reassign settings to gold-page.com when attempts are made to change them. Users are continually redirected to gold-page.com without their consent, thus, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, this dubious site generates search results that often redirect to malicious websites.
Searching the Internet via gold-page.com is risky and can lead to further computer infections. Gold-page.com collects IP addresses, search engines, and other similar information relating to Internet browsing activity. Some of the collected data might be personally identifiable.
The developers of gold-page.com share this collected information with third parties who often misuse personal data to generate revenue. Thus, data tracking can cause serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
There are hundreds of websites similar to gold-page.com including, for instance, pico-search.com, mystart.dealwifi.com, and search.mysearch.com. All claim to be legitimate, and promise to provide 'valuable features'. In fact, the real purpose of these sites is to generate revenue for the developers - users receive no real value.
Sites such as gold-page.com track Internet browsing activity, cause unwanted browser redirects, and occasionally generate intrusive ads, thereby posing a threat to users' privacy and browsing safety.
How did gold-page.com install on my computer?
Research shows that gold-page.com is promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Developers hide all details regarding modification of browser settings within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' download/installation section. Thus, users who skip this section allow set-ups to perform various modifications, thereby putting their privacy and system at risk.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush the download or installation processes - closely analyze both stages. Furthermore, never accept offers to download/install additional programs and never allow downloaders/installers to perform any modifications that seem irrelevant or suspicious.
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- What is gold-page.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall gold-page.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove gold-page.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove gold-page.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove gold-page.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove gold-page.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Gold-page.com 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the gold-page.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Gold-page.com 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 any recently-installed suspicious 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://gold-page.com 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 "gold-page".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the gold-page.com 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 all recently-installed suspicious 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://gold-page.com 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 "gold-page.com" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the gold-page.com 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 all 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://gold-page.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: "gold-page"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with gold-page.com 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 gold-page.com 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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