How to remove (uninstall) Gotopush.com

Do you notice annoying advertising links in your browser, flagged as “pop-ups by Gotopush.com”? Have you seen the presence of Gotopush.com anywhere else in the system? If any of these is true – the machine is penetrated by adware, and this article will help you in deleting it.

Gotopush.com

What is Gotopush.com

Immediately after the infection, Gotopush.com modifies the settings of your browsers. It’s everything that it's capable of doing, as the head role in this system is left for the fake search engine which appears in the browser when you download Gotopush.com. So, adware clears the pre-set homepage, as well as your favorite search engine and places the fake webpage instead of them. Now you can't use the well-known Yahoo, Bing, Google or whatever search system you like – you will browse the Net via the poor fake search, displaying pop-ups advertising banners fake links and other stuff like that. One more adware's goal is to modify the settings of browser icons so that in case you recover the default controls, you'll automatically open the fake search system as a first tab.

If you've already struggled to uninstall this virus, you might have noticed that it recovers, no matter how many times you removed it. It occurs thanks to the virus' protective mechanisms, and we'll unriddle to you how they work:

  • The most regular method of protection is to develop a system task on the reinstallation of the virus after its removal. Such tasks are not frequently used by usual computer operators, so the virus simply develops a task to check if it’s working, and if it’s not – to download and install it one more time. This task is being run every time you reboot your workstation, and that’s why Gotopush.com keeps coming back.
  • Another method has the similar goal, but it uses the system registry instead of the system tasks. Fraudsters put a specific string to your registry and you should detect and erase it, which might be not easy. The other registry items are required for your PC to work, and by removing any of them, you can cause significant harm to the system.

The tool that generates banners is called Gotopush.com, and it is adware. Gotopush.com can't do anything helpful, as it’s created to achieve a single goal: to drive you mad. Surely, the mad-driving activity isn’t its final purpose, but you'll be annoyed anyway until the virus does what it does – displays the advertising content. Instantly after the infection, it alters the settings of your browser and delivers you as many ads as it can and sometimes more, making sure that they have your attention. Hackers receive a little money for every click you’ve made, so you can see why the links appear again and again: it’s pure money. In the paragraphs below, we’ll explain in which way adware infected the machine and how it can be defended against similar threats. In case you know everything that you need on that topic and just want to uninstall Gotopush.com as soon as possible – ignore the following sections and proceed to the removal advice.

 

How Gotopush.com was installed in the system

To make simpler for you, we’ll picture the process in total. The vast majority of the advertising viruses are each other's clones, replicated countless times and passed to third-grade hackers with minor alterations made. Some evil dudes got this particular copy from an illegal website, set it up and put it on file-exchanging portals all over the Internet. And then, you came and downloaded it. Okay, are you sure that you haven't searched for adware that will drive you crazy? Maybe, you needed a perfect way to damage your machine, and somebody gave you a link to Gotopush.com downloader? Still wrong? Well, then, it might have been some program that's actually useful. Some free program created by an unknown company, or a hacked replica of some paid utility you didn’t want to purchase.

The technique is called “sponsored installation”, and it's based on that evil guys are merging the installers of a few viruses and one good tool into one package. The bottom point of this bundle is that its pattern detains you from discovering its content inside of it. On some of the stages, they display an offer to download additional tools, with the required fields checked and the mouse cursor is already hovering over “proceed”. And you pressed that button. It might have been a little different: they might have done this via the “installation ways”. It's very simple: the advanced installation technique provides you with the ability to pick where you wish a utility to be established, which additional modules do you need, and which ones are useless. In case of Gotopush.com, choosing the recommended installation means that you admit all the trash from the viral installer into the workstation laptop.

Methods to remove Gotopush.com

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Sharepal manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Sharepal from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

At this moment you know what Gotopush.com is, and you see how it infected your computer. We’ve defined nearly everything, except the highly important thing: the ways to delete Gotopush.com. Let’s fix that. Gotopush.com can be removed with the help of these simple techniques. The first one is what you’ve just attempted to perform – elimination in manual mode. We can do it easier, and below this paragraph, you will find the instructions on by-hand deletion. Its only flaw is the incapability to uninstall lots of viruses through it because it will require lots of time. We present you the easier manner: you may completely remove the virus in 5 minutes via Spyhunter AntiMalware. This tool has multiple pros, and among them are 24/7 customer support, the compatibility with many anti-viruses, low price and rapid operation. Don’t waste time, trying to clean the computer with unpaid tools – switch to the true antivirus. Click the button under this paragraph to download an unpaid version with limited capacities.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Sharepal" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Sharepal from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Sharepal

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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