You cannot download anything using goDownload Search Plus. In fact, it is unclear why the word “download” is even included in the name of this Google Chrome extension. Once installed, it works as a redirector, and although it is introduced to users as a search engine, it cannot even offer web search services. All it can do is redirect to other, better-known search engines. Unfortunately, that is not all. The results might include sponsored content. Due to all of this, we classify it as a PUP (potentially unwanted program), and it is our recommendation that you remove it from the browser. The instructions that you can see below show how to delete goDownload Search Plus from Google Chrome because that is the only web browser that the extension was compatible with at the time of research. If you find that you need to erase the PUP from different browsers, do not hesitate to leave a comment below. Our researchers will update the guide. You can also use the comments to communicate with us and ask us questions.
It is important to determine how goDownload Search Plus got in. It is unlikely that it was installed without your permission, but, of course, if it was, you must remove it without further delay. In some cases, Google Chrome users install the extension via pop-ups and ads. These could promote bundled installers, and the PUP could be packaged along with unreliable extensions, applications, data-trackers, etc. If you have downloaded goDownload Search Plus along with other pieces of software, you can install a malware scanner, a tool that examines the operating system and checks for malicious threats. Just make sure you install a legitimate scanner because there are many malicious and unreliable ones, and they can try to trick you into purchasing fake malware-removal programs. If you downloaded the extension from the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/godownload-search-plus/cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe), you probably don’t need to worry about other threats. That being said, a quick malware scan cannot hurt. All in all, regardless of how you let the PUP in, the reasons for why you should remove it are the same.
Once installed, goDownload Search Plus is meant to offer great services, but the only thing it can do is redirect you to third-party search engines. If you enter keywords to the address bar straight away, your regular default search provider will work. However, if you type the letter “d” and then tap the “Tab” key on the keyboard, you will activate goDownload Search Plus, and your search results will be redirected. By default, the tool redirects to search.yahoo.com via searchalgo.com, but you can modify the settings via the icon added at the top of the browser. You can choose Google, Yandex, Bing, Facebook, YouTube, eBay, Amazon, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest as your default search provider. While Amazon, for example, is not a search engine per se, you might decide to use it for shopping-related searches. Because the PUP redirects via searchalgo.com, the results can be modified and include sponsored content. This is the main reason we suggest deleting it from the browser. You might also want to remove the PUP because it can record both personal and non-personal data. Also, this data can be shared with parties we know nothing about. You can check the PUP’s privacy policies further at gozooms.com/privacy.php.
Manual removal of goDownload Search Plus is possible, and we propose a guide that should help you out. That being said, while it should be easy to delete the PUP using these simple steps, you need to think if that is the best choice in your situation. If the scanner found other threats, you have to think if you can eliminate them yourself too, or if you have the time and desire to do it at all. It can be easier and more efficient to install an anti-malware program. You should install it regardless of what kind of malware or PUPs exist, or whether or not you are capable of eliminating them manually, because only anti-malware program can keep your operating system secure in the future. The bonus is that it can also automatically remove goDownload Search Plus along with other threats that might exist on your PC.
N.B. We recommend that you also clear the browsing data to eliminate data trackers used by the PUP.