Remove GoWebSearch (Mac) virus

GoWebSearch is a Mac OS X browser hijacker. GoWebSearch browser hijacker modifies the search engine and homepage of Safari and Google Chrome on Mac OSX.

GoWebSearch is regularly offered on the internet as a convenient homepage. However, in reality, this is a browser hijacker that collects all kinds of data from your browser.

The data collected by GoWebSearch is used for advertising purposes. The data is sold to advertising networks. Because GoWebSearch collects data from your browser, GoWebSearch is also classified as (PUP) Potentially Unwanted Program.

GoWebSearch browser extension will install itself in the Google Chrome and Safari browser only on Mac OS X. Neither Apple of any browser developer yet notices this browser hijacker as unwanted.

If your home page has changed to GoWebSearch and the GoWebSearch browser extension has been installed, remove the GoWebSearch extension as soon as possible using this GoWebSearch removal instruction.

Remove GoWebSearch

Before we start you need to remove an administrator profile from your Mac settings. The administrator profile prevents Mac users from uninstalling GoWebSearch from the web browser.

  • In the top left corner click on the Apple icon.
  • Open Settings from the menu.
  • Click on Profiles
  • Remove the profiles: AdminPref, Chrome profile, or Safari profile by clicking the – (minus) in the bottom left corner.

Remove GoWebSearch – Safari

  • Open Safari
  • In the top left menu open the Safari menu.
  • Click on Settings or Preferences
  • Go to the Extensions tab
  • Remove the GoWebSearch extension. Basically, remove all extensions you do not know.
  • Go to the General tab, change the homepage from GoWebSearch to one of your choices.

Remove GoWebSearch – Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome
  • In the top right corner open the Google menu.
  • Click on More Tools, then Extensions.
  • Remove the GoWebSearch extension. Basically, remove all extensions you do not know.
  • In the top right corner open the Google menu once again.
  • Click on Settings from the menu.
  • In the left menu click on Search Engines.
  • Change the Search engine to Google.
  • In the On Startup section click on Open the new tab page.

Remove GoWebSearch from Mac – Malwarebytes (Mac OS X)

Download Malwarebytes (Mac)

Click the Scan button to start a search for the GoWebSearch hijacker.

When Malwarebytes is done, restart your Mac computer.

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I hope this helped you get rid of GoWebSearch on Mac. Need help? Use the comments below!