Remove Globososo.com search redirect (Removal Guide)

Globososo Search is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add the Globososo Toolbar, and change your browser homepage to search.globososo.com.
This in itself is not considered malicious as there are many legitimate programs that change these settings as well. What is considered malicious, though, is that it will also append the argument http://www.globososo.com/?m=41460&shortcut=true&tid=293 to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu.
[Image: Globososo.com virus]
Globososo Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.

Globososo got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install vPlay, you will also agree to install Globososo Toolbar, and change your default browser home page and search engine to search.globososo.com. However, when you uninstall vPlay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Globososo.com from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Globososo Search. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Globososo.com Browser Hijack – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Globososo programs from your computer

Globososo.com is installed on users computer with other free programs, and in our case Globososo was installed with Desk 365, eSafe Security Control and New Tabs Uninstall.

  1. To uninstall Globososo programs from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program. If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. Seach and uninstall Desk 365, eSafe Security Control, New Tabs Uninstall and any other unknown programs from your computer.
    [mage: Uninstall Globososo program]

Please note that on some computers these programs might have a different name, search for any program developed by Baidu Online Network Technology and uninstall it from your computer.
Because Globososo.com is installed with other additional programs, we recommend that you search and uninstall any other unwanted programs from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the Globososo Search residual damage from your browser

Globososo.com has installed a browser extension, and has changed your homepage and default search engine to search.globososo.com .

Remove Globososo Search from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove Globososo Search from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Globososo Search from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Globososo.com extension from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove Globososo, Proxy Tool and any other unknown extensions by clicking Recycle Bin icon at the end of the row.
    [Image: Globososo Chrome extension]
    NOTE: Globososo Search may have added additional extensions which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from Globososo.com to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: Globososo search redirect virus]
    Search for Globososo in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: search.Globososo.com removal]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from Globososo.com to its default.
    Globososo.com has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by Globososo Search

Globososo has added to your browser shortcuts the http://www.globososo.com/?m=41460&shortcut=true&tid=293 argument, so we will need to remove this hijack.

  1. Search for your browser shortcut (Desktop, Taskbar or Start Menu Shortcut), then right click on it and select Properties.
    [Image: Firefox Shortcut properties][Image: taskbar shortcut hijacker]
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the http://globososo.com/ argument from your browser shortcut.
    [Image: Globososo.com shortcut hijack]

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove the Globososo shortcut hijack, you can download Shortcut Cleaner from the below link, and then you’ll just need to run this utility to fix your Windows shortcuts. When it is done, it will show you a log that contains a list of shortcuts that were cleaned.
SHORTCUT CLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download Shortcut Cleaner on your computer)


STEP 4: Remove Globososo.com registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
     (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.
    Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Globososo.com]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 6: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scans for Globososo.com
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Globososo.com homepage virus and search.PortaldoSites.com from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malwar

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