I wrote this article to help you remove GOTO.PEAK-SERVING.COM. This GOTO.PEAK-SERVING.COM removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Being redirected to the GOTO.PEAK-SERVING.COM and other dodgy sites is a sign of trouble. This page is a clear indication that there a nasty browser hijacker in your system. Hijackers don’t make for pleasant companions. This one doesn’t differentiate. It is intrusive, meddlesome and dangerous. What you must do immediately after realizing that you are infected is to remove it on the spot. If you don’t, the problems it throws at you will keep on growing in both numbers and severity. If given enough time, the pest may even cause you some irrevocable damage.
Do not waste time in debates. As soon as you spot the GOTO.PEAK-SERVING.COM page taking over your browsers, start looking for the hijacker`s hiding place and remove it upon discovery. The sooner it is gone, the better. With every single passing day, your situation will become worse and worse. At some point, your PC will be almost unusable. Save yourself tons of troubles and act immediately. Locate where the nasty hijacker is lurking and get rid of it for good. The appearance of GOTO.PEAK-SERVING.COM is a warning. Heed it. Do not procrastinate. Delays lead to nothing but regrets.
Once the hijacker has successfully entered your machine, problems start pouring. You cannot surf the web normally anymore. The pest changes your homepage and search engine behind your back and every time you want to type a search, you are forced to use GOTO.PEAK-SERVING.COM. The thing is that this malicious site does not show you reliable and accurate results. It mostly shows you sponsored links which are, in fact ads, but are not marked as such. By clicking on them, crooks earn pay-per-click revenue. This is called pay-per-click mechanism. With each of your clicks, you fill hackers` pockets. There is something worse, though.
Aside from sponsoring these cybercriminals, you are also exposing yourself to risk. As we said, the search results you see are not to be trusted. They have been compromised to deliver malicious content and if you click on them, you get infected with more pests. We hardly believe that this is what you are going after. You are facing enough troubles with this single hijacker. It does not only ruins your browsing experience but also causes your machine to underperform so you are having troubles using it even offline. Its speed slows down significantly. It starts to crash. Your programs freeze and don’t run properly. It is a nightmare.
Imagine getting any on- or offline work in these conditions. It is impossible. Add to that the constant malware risk and your situation gets even worse. And yet, there is more. The hijacker also spies on you and collects sensitive data which it sends to crooks. The longer it stays, the more details it steals from you. Do not let these strangers with agendas use your personal credentials for malicious purposes. Delete the hijacker and everything will get back to normal. To do so manually, use our removal guide at the end of this article.
How did you get infected? Pests like this one cannot enter your machine without your permission. The hijacker is still a program and it needs your consent for its installation, hence it must ask for it. However, it doesn’t ask straightforwardly as it leaves too much room for rejection. Instead, it used tricks. It hides behind third-party ads, corrupted links, fake program updates, malicious torrents, spam email messages, adult websites, freeware bundles, etc.
The hijacker tries to dupe you. Yet, none of these methods are good enough to work without your inactive cooperation, aka your negligence. If you pay more attention to what you click on and what you agree to, you will be able to prevent the hijacker from entering. Do your due diligence. Carelessness leads to infections. Cautiousness keeps them away.
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 perform to remove the hijacker 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 GOTO.PEAK-SERVING.COM from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.