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Apr 8, 2014

Gos.drivedo.net Pop-up Removal

Whenever you are doing a Google search or visiting a website, Gos.drivedo.net pop-up ads comes up without your permission? Have you found that your homepage suddenly changed to an odd web page with commercial ads or bogus search engine against your will? If you are suffering from this annoying problem, your computer may be infected with adware or a potentially unwanted program. It can attack Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser and keep bothering you by displaying advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser. Follow the manual removal guide below to get rid of it ASAP.

Gos.drivedo.net Pop-up Description:

Gos.drivedo.net Pop-up is categorized as a browser hijacker that changes your default search engine and start page to its page and makes some other modifications to take over your browser without your permission. It appears itself as a start up page or a new tab when every time you launch your browser. Now major browsers like Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are the targets of this unwelcome hijacker. This pop up is designed by the cyber criminals in order to boost traffic of several commercial websites. It is not only annoying, but also dangerous for both your privacy and your computer security. After your browser get hijacked, it shows various unwanted symptoms on your computer such as redirecting your browser to website you don’t want constantly, changing your default homepage and search engine, displaying crazy and annoying pop-up windows or even adding unwanted wanted toolbars to interrupt your browsing activities.

Adware or browser hijacker threats are not considered to be viruses so it cannot be detected by any security tools. However, its activities and effects are malicious and usually drive PC users crazy. Some people may think that browser hijacking problem is just a small problem about the web browser and they don’t have to worry about. However, they are wrong because they don’t know that browser redirect malware also can violate the privacy because it is responsible for collecting the terms of your search queries, recording your browsing history and monitoring your online activities. That is why the annoying redirection problem should be fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise, you must have to bear a sea of pop-up ads when you are on Internet. In most cases, Gos.drivedo.net pop-up comes from unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars. When you download and install these programs, it will give some pre-checked confirmation boxes saying that your homepage and search provider will be changed or some additional programs installed, if you didn’t notice and you will get it installed. That is why YooCare PC Experts always encourage users to go for Custom installation and read Terms and Agreements when downloading a program instead of using default Installation. We also suggest users remove Gos.drivedo.net pop-up manually.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Potential Dangers Caused by A Hijacker Virus:

It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.

How Can Gos.drivedo.net Hijacker Get On Your PC?

Browser hijacker infection like Gos.drivedo.net may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.

How Do You Know Your Browser Is Hijacked?

If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by a virus. For this type of hijack virus, it can change your homepage to Gos.drivedo.net without your permission. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Gos.drivedo.net hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

clear browser data

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

delete browsing history

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button

Remove All Cookie

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once Gos.drivedo.net redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window:

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

show-hidden-files

4. Remove all the malicious files related to Gos.drivedo.net pop-up manually.

%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Gos.drivedo.net Pop-up is an irritating browser hijacker that is designed to improve traffic of specific websites and promote them by making these redirections. Now this threat is widely spread via the Internet to hack users’ computers, especially for the computers running with Windows operating systems. Under no circumstance should a user click on this pop up. Otherwise, browser will be fully messed up and your personal information will be at risk of being leaked out. Clicking the Gos.drivedo.net pop up also can bring other viruses inside the computer and make damage to your computer system. In addition, after your browser is hijacked, it may need a long time to load up a page and sometimes your browser may stop responding so you are not able to save your data before browser get crashed. Therefore, you should get rid of it as soon as it is detected to avoid any further damages.

Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on April 8, 2014 12:25 pm

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