Do you know what GoaSave is?
GoaSave is an old advertising-supported application which used to be popular back in 2014. Just like other programs that fall into the category of adware, it presents users with tons of commercial advertisements. Even though it can be called an ordinary ad-supported application, it has one unique feature too. It seems that it can have several different names, e.g. GoSave and GgoSavve. In other words, it can change its name. Most probably, several name variants exist so that it would take some time for users to realize that it is the same untrustworthy program displaying irritating commercials. Since it is no longer spread actively, it is not very likely that it will become popular again and slither onto your computer. Of course, you can still detect it on your system today if it entered the system back then. Theoretically, it might be available on some kind of untrustworthy third-party website at present too. Either way, go to delete this program without consideration if you have detected it installed on your computer. It will not be a piece of cake to delete it because it, even though it has an uninstaller in Control Panel, leaves its executable file on affected systems and its extension on browsers (it should work on all web browsers), which suggests that it might still continue working on the computer if these leftovers are not erased.
Without a doubt, GoaSave cannot be called a prevalent advertising-supported application. Actually, it might be even true that it is no longer working; however, if it happens that you encounter a working version of this semi-random name adware, you should be ready for the avalanche of commercial advertisements. Theoretically, it can show any types of advertisements, but it seems that, in reality, it generates coupons primarily. They will have a label showing that they belong to GoaSave: Powered by GoaSave, Ads by GoaSave, or by GoaSave. Users sooner or later find commercials irritating because they not only show up on their screens without prior notice, but might also overlay the content on websites users open. Our team of experts specializing in cybersecurity has a negative opinion about them too. They say that all these coupons and other types of ads might redirect to untrustworthy pages belonging to third parties, and it does not matter at all that they look harmless. These third-party pages linked to ads shown by GoaSave might promote certain products and services. On top of that, some of them might also contain untrustworthy programs and promote them as beneficial ones. Last but not least, nobody knows how these pages treat the privacy of users. Some of them might even collect personal information about users using tricky tactics. Advertising-supported applications (adware) might gather information about users too. Luckily, in most cases, they are primarily interested in users’ online behavior and habits.
We already know how GoaSave acts and what to expect from it, so we should talk about its distribution too. As has already been mentioned in this article, this adware program is no longer popular, so it is not so easy to say how it is distributed these days too. It used to be spread bundled in InstallRex malicious installers, but this might no longer be true these days. In any event, there is no doubt that it uses illegal methods to slither onto computers because it does not have an official website. Install a legitimate security application on your system to prevent other adware programs from entering the computer in the future.
Delete GoaSave through Control Panel, but do not forget to take care of its leftovers too. It leaves its .exe file in its folder located in %PROGRAMFILES% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% and its extension on web browsers. Do not let this program stay installed even if you do not see any commercials coming from it. If our manual removal instructions do not help you to do that, scan your system with SpyHunter, a reputable antimalware scanner.
Delete GoaSave manually
- Click on the Start button.
- Select Control Panel and select Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the unwanted program.
- Click Remove to erase it.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click Control Panel and then open Uninstall a program.
- Right-click on an undesirable program and click Uninstall.
- Press Win+X.
- Select Control Panel from the menu and click Uninstall a program.
- Select GoaSave.
- Go to uninstall it.
Remove the executable file
- Open the Windows Explorer (Win+E).
- Go to %PROGRAMFILES% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% (open the directory by typing it in the address bar at the top).
- Delete the executable file of GoaSave (it should be located in the GoaSave or a similar folder).
Remove the browser extension
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Open the Tools menu and click Manage add-ons.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions.
- Delete the suspicious extension.
- Start Mozilla Firefox.
- Press Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously.
- Open the Extensions menu.
- Select the extension you wish to erase.
- Click Remove.
- Open your web browser and press Alt+F to open the menu.
- Click More tools and select Extensions.
- Select the undesirable browser extension.
- Delete it by clicking on the trash icon.
- In the pop-up confirmation window, click Remove.
In non-techie terms:
Other untrustworthy programs might be working on your computer too if an adware program has managed to successfully enter your computer. In most cases, users know nothing about their presence and activities they perform. You might not know about them too, so go to scan your computer with an automatic scanner after getting rid of GoaSave. Use SpyHunter – it will let you know about all the threats your system contains. You could also use this tool to delete all those detected threats.