Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 411
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 35,459
First Seen: January 3, 2023
Last Seen: September 30, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Gosearches.gg is the address of what is classified as a fake search engine that should not be trusted, as it may present misleading results or display results from other untrustworthy search engines. It is often the final destination URL in redirect chains, such as the one initiated by a similarly fake search engine known as Searchesmia.com. Dubious search engines are usually promoted by intrusive software; in this particular case, one such phony program posed as a fake Google Docs application.

These intrusive applications and extensions hijack Web browsers and change their settings to gosearches.gg as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. Additionally, this fake Google Docs application exploits the legitimate 'Managed by your organization' Chrome feature to stop users from further modifying the impacted browser settings. It is strongly recommended that users avoid using gosearches.gg and any applications promoting it to protect themselves from potential harm.

Typical Characteristics of Browser Hijackers

Browser hijackers are intrusive software programs designed to modify Web browsers' settings without the user's knowledge or consent. They usually promote various (primarily fake) search engines and can be used to gather browsing-related and other information. Browser hijackers can be installed on a computer in multiple ways, such as through corrupted websites, bundled with other software, or by clicking on suspicious links.

Once installed, browser hijackers may change the homepage of a Web browser, redirect searches to unwanted websites, display intrusive advertisements, and slow down the performance of computers. These programs may prove to be difficult to remove because they often hide deep within the system files and Registry entries. To be protected against browser hijacking, it is crucial to keep your operating system up-to-date with the latest security patches and use reputable anti-malware software. Additionally, users should be cautious when downloading any software from unknown sources or clicking on suspicious links.

How to Avoid Installing Browser Hijackers?

To prevent the installation of adware, browser hijackers, or PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), it is essential to download applications only from a trustworthy source, such as official websites and verified stores. Additionally, users should be wary of advertisements displayed or delivered by questionable pages or allow such carriers to show notifications.

It also is essential to rely on P2P networks, third-party downloaders, free file hosting sites, etc., only as a last resort, as files obtained from such sources may contain threatening software. Furthermore, when downloading installers or downloaders for applications, users should check for any unwanted applications and deselect them by changing the provided settings, often labeled as 'Advanced' or 'Custom' (or unticking the corresponding checkboxes), before completing downloads and installations.

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