A browser hijacker like Googlo.co “Virus” may not be on the same level as a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Trojan Horse infection in terms of danger and maliciousness but we’d still advise you to remove such software from your computer in case you currently have a hijacker. There are several reasons why eliminating hijackers from your system is the preferable course of action. The most obvious one are the ads, the page redirects, the changes to your browser settings and the overall intrusiveness that the hijacker may cause whenever you try to surf the Internet. It is irrelevant what browser you use – even ones that are known to be highly secure such as Chrome and Firefox could still get a hijacker added to them without your knowledge and thus have their search engine, toolbar, new-tab page and homepage altered. If your PC has already had Googlo.co or a similar hijacker installed on it, you probably already know what we are talking about. You should know, though, that this is not the same as a malware infection from a threat the likes of Trojan Horses, Spyware, Ransomware, Rootkits and so on. A hijacker is mostly a legitimate piece of software and even the recently detected and highly irritating Googlo.co “Virus” browser hijacker app is likely not going to initiate any malicious processes whilst inside your system. Still, the irritation caused by it is most probably going to be enough of a reason for you to wish to uninstall it and fully remove its imposed components from your computer. This, however, is where a lot of users seem to struggle. Hijacker apps rarely offer an easily accessible uninstallation option. Furthermore, they are oftentimes programmed to be as difficult to remove from the computer as possible (without crossing any legal thresholds). The good news for you are that the following instructions in the guide down below and the removal tool added to it are the perfect way to eliminate Googlo.co with ease.
Remove Googlo.co “Virus”
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The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Googlo.co software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Googlo.co on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Googlo.co in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Googlo.co and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Googlo.co in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Make sure to be cautious in the future
Removing Googlo.co is hopefully going to be easy for you once you take a look at the guide we offer on this page and/or install the recommended removal program. However, you also need to make sure to keep such apps as further away from your machine as possible so that they don’t come back to bother you again. And though we said such apps do not behave in the same manner as real virus infections and malware programs, you also need to be aware of the fact that they aren’t the safest software to allow inside your PC. The random ads they may display as well as the frequent page redirects are all potential hazards to your system’s security and this is why it is not recommended to interact with them while Googlo.co or another hijacker is still on your PC. Also, remember to only download stuff from reliable sources and to only visit sites that are safe in order to remain safe and secure while online.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Most of the symptoms are in some way related to disturbances in your browser – obstructive ads, page-redirects, unwanted changes to the browser settings and other similar irregularities.|
|Distribution Method||An app like Googlo.co would mostly get distributed via software bundles and spam letters.|
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.