GoGameGo Toolbar

Also Known As: GoGameGo browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

GoGameGo toolbar removal instructions

What is GoGameGo?

GoGameGo is a deceptive browser toolbar claiming to provide access to various games - "Install GoGameGo and access all your favorite Games in one click!" This plug-in may seem legitimate, however, GoGameGo often installs without users' permission. Furthermore, this dubious browser add-on is designed to modify browser settings and continually monitors browsing activity.

search.mysearch.com browser hijacker

Following infiltration, GoGameGo assigns the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine browser settings to search.mysearch.com. In addition, GoGameGo prevents users from rolling back these changes by automatically reassigning the settings when attempts are made to change them. This leads to continual unwanted browser redirects, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Note that search.mysearch.com might generate search results leading to malicious websites. Therefore, searching the Internet via this site is risky and can lead to further computer infections. Another downside of GoGameGo is tracking of Internet browsing activity. GoGameGo collects IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information, some of which might be personally identifiable. In addition, the details are shared with third parties who often misuse users' private details to generate revenue. Thus, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall the GoGameGo browser hijacker immediately.

GoGameGo is not the only browser toolbar acting in this way. In fact, there are hundreds of other similar toolbars including PDFConverterHQ, TranslationBuddy, EasyPDFCombine, and EasyDocMerge. All falsely claim to improve the Internet browsing experience by providing certain functionality, however, this is merely an attempt to trick users to install. All browser hijackers are designed to generate revenue for the developers, gather personally identifiable information, cause unwanted browser redirects, and deliver intrusive online advertisements.

How did GoGameGo install on my computer?

This PUP has an official download website, however, it is also distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. For this reason, many users install GoGameGo inadvertently without their consent. Bundling is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular (usually legitimate) software. Developers are aware that users often lack attention during the download and installation processes and hide PUPs within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings of these procedures. Many users skip this section, often leading to inadvertent installation of dubious applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, closely observe each step using the 'Custom', or 'Advanced' settings. By cancelling additionally-included programs hidden within this section, you will be able perform downloads and installations safely.

Website promoting GoGameGo browser hijacker:

GoGameGo browser hijacker promoting website

Pop-up ad generated by adware promoting this toolbar:

gogamego toolbar promoting pop-up ad sample 2

Another pop-up promoting GoGameGo toolbar:

gogamego toolbar promoting pop-up ad sample 3

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Quick menu:

GoGameGo browser hijacker 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.

search.mysearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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 search.mysearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

GoGameGo browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.mysearch.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 any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mysearch.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://search.mysearch.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:

Removing search.mysearch.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 "mysearch".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the gogamego 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 search.mysearch.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 "GoGameGo" and other recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mysearch.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://search.mysearch.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.mysearch.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 "MySearch" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the gogamego 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.mysearch.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 all recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mysearch.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://search.mysearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.mysearch.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: "mysearch"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with gogamego 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 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.

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