I wrote this article to help you remove Gatmog Search. This Gatmog Search removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Have your search engine and homepage been suddenly replaces with the https://gatmog.com site? If yes, then the news is not good. The page`s appearance is a clear indication of an infection. A browser hijacker infection, to be precise. The hijacker and the page go hand in hand so if you see https://gatmog.com, there is no doubt that the parasite is also in your system. Do not panic. Yes, it is true that your PC is currently hosting a hijacker but it is also true that your situation could have been much worse.
Hijackers cannot be compared with Trojans and ransomware pieces when it comes to levels of danger. They are definitely less harmful. But then again, “less harmful” is not the same as “harmless”. Of course, not. There is no such thing as an innocuous cyber threat. They all cause some kind of issues. This hijacker included. Do not make the mistake of thinking that it cannot cause you any harm. It can and it will if you let it. If you give it enough time on board it may even cause some irreversible damage. All is up to you. Make the right choice and remove it before it is too late.
The hijacker takes complete control over all of your browsers. It makes changes in their settings without your permission. This is how you ended up with the https://gatmog.com site as your new homepage and search engine. You opened your browser one day and the page was already there. And, you cannot get rid of it. You cannot remove it. No matter what you do, you are not able to get your previous engine back. The hijacker doesn’t let you. So, you are forced to use https://gatmog.com whenever you want to search for something online. This is where things get tricky. This domain cannot be trusted to display safe and accurate search results. It is associated with a hijacker after all. Nothing it shows you is verified. Of course, there might be some completely safe results along the generated ones, but most of them are corrupted.
Also, you cannot tell which is which unless you click. Clicking, however, is too much of a risk. If you happen to follow a compromised link, you may easily get redirected to a dangerous page, full of infections. From there, a single wrong click or no click at all, and you download more parasites in your system. The hijacker exposes you to constant malware risk. Not to mention that it ruins your web surfing. Every time you go online, the pest interferes. It redirects your searches, bombards you with ads, clocks pages` content, slows down your browsers, etc. It makes a mess. Surfing the web is neither fun nor safe anymore. Do yourself a favor and remove the intruder ASAP. Use our removal guide below to help you do that manually.
How did the hijacker get in without your realizing? The truth is that the pest duped you into giving it permission to enter. No permission, no admission. Of course, it didn’t ask straightforwardly as it leaves too much room for rejection. It used tricks. One of the most commonly used infiltration methods is freeware bundling. Always be on the alert when you download free programs off of the web. Sometimes infections travel bundled with them and if you don’t spot them on time, they enter your system undisturbed. To be absolutely aware of what is being installed, opt for the Custom settings and check the entire bundle app by app. If you spot anything that you don’t want, simply deselect it. The standard options don’t provide this opportunity.
Gatmog Search Removal
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Gatmog Search from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.