What is Really Good Search

Really Good Search is likely to be a browser hijacker that changes browser settings to promote its features. Although there is not a lot of information on this browser hijacker, we know it assigns the new rgoodsearch.online URL address that is visible from the very homepage. It is also a fake search engine based on legitimate platforms like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other engines like these. Very often, browser hijackers are highly doubted in their abilities to provide a good and flawless browsing experience. Their presence promotes a bunch of suspicious features leading to various threats. New ads and other content can be spammed on various pages to bring additional profit for the developers. The same works with Really Good Search as it might analyze your IP location and show different coupons, offers, and sale banners from poor advertising networks to gain money. It may also distribute redirects to unwanted or malicious pages trying to impose fake programs designed to fix ostensibly existent errors. Browser hijackers are usually operated by Potentially Unwanted Programs that could be downloaded unwillingly from third-party websites. Upon successful installation and change of browser settings, Really Good Search will be able to track your browsing activity. It can also install the “Managed by your organization” feature which will prevent users from resetting the changes. If you struggle to do it yourself and remove Really Good Search from your computer forever, use our guide presented below. You will find all the necessary instructions to get rid of this leech.

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How Really Good Search infected your computer

Browser hijackers and other unwanted software like adware are usually distributed in bundled installers. Many users encounter such types of installers while downloading free, cracked, or pirated software. Little do they know that there are additional offers included inside of a setup. Many ignore them or simply forget to check while jumping over all installation steps. “Advanced” or “Custom” options are often the ones responsible for storing all additional programs. This is why it is worth looking for them and deselecting everything found within. Some installers also display a summary window before the installation with lists of what will be installed along with the main program. Always pay attention to that and remove promotional offers from the installation list, if possible. Even better would be the use of only trusted and official installers to avoid unwanted software. If want to become more experienced and educated on how to combat such threats in the future, make sure to read our tutorial below.

  1. Download Really Good Search Removal Tool
  2. Remove Really Good Search from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove Really Good Search extensions from browsers
  4. Reset browser search and homepage settings
  5. Alternative way to remove Really Good Search search redirects
  6. Clean browser shortcuts from Really Good Search
  7. How to protect from threats like Really Good Search

Download Removal Tool for Windows

Download Removal Tool

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To remove Really Good Search completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Really Good Search and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download SpyHunter for Mac

To remove Really Good Search completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Really Good Search and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of SpyHunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove Really Good Search manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Really Good Search removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Really Good Search installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Note: Really Good Search can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Really Good Search from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Really Good Search you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Really Good Search”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, or Mac.

Remove Really Good Search from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Really Good Search or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Really Good Search from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Really Good Search or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Really Good Search from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Really Good Search or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Really Good Search from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Really Good Search from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Really Good Search or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Really Good Search or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove Really Good Search from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Really Good Search or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately or you will need to confirm the action and go through standard uninstall procedure.
  7. Remove Really Good Search from Mac:

    1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
    2. Really Good Search might have an Uninstaller.
    3. Otherwise, drag Really Good Search from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
    4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

    Cannot uninstall Really Good Search in Windows

    In some cases, Really Good Search won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Really Good Search. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Really Good Search folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Really Good Search in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

    1. Reboot your computer.
    2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
    3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
    4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
    5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Really Good Search or other suspicious program

    >> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

    Cannot uninstall Really Good Search in MacOS

    If you can’t uninstall Really Good Search using the instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Really Good Search. Follow the instructions below:

    1. Download free AppCleaner.
    2. Drag Really Good Search from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
    3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Really Good Search.
    4. Click Delete button.

    Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

    Uninstalling Really Good Search from Control Panel or Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the Really Good Search extension from your browsers manually.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
    3. Find Really Good Search extension.
    4. Click the Remove button to remove them.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
    3. Find Really Good Search extension.
    4. Click three-dots icon near it and choose Remove in the menu.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Click Extensions tab.
    3. Find Really Good Search extension.
    4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) edge://extensions.
    3. Find Really Good Search extension.
    4. Click Remove link under the name of extension.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

    Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Really Good Search from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling the program from Control Panel. To disable Really Good Search, please, do the following:

    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
    3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
    4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
    5. Click Disable Really Good Search or other suspicious extensions.
    6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Opera Browser:

    Generally, Really Good Search does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

    1. Start Opera browser.
    2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
    3. Find Really Good Search or other suspicious extensions.
    4. Click Uninstall button.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

    Really Good Search installs a search engine (rgoodsearch.online), that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
    3. On the left panel expand Advanced options.
    4. Choose Reset and clean up.
    5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Mozilla Firefox:

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
    3. Click Refresh Firefox… button.
    4. Click Refresh Firefox button in opened dialog window to confirm.

    Reset Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
    3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
    4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
    5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
    6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
    7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
    8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
    9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser
    2. Click on 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
    3. On the left panel find and click Reset settings option.
    4. Click on Restore settings to their default values link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

    1. Start Internet Explorer.
    2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
    3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
    4. Click Advanced tab.
    5. Click Reset button.
    6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

    Opera Browser:

    1. Start Opera browser and click on Opera icon in the top-left corner.
    2. Choose Settings and click Advanced on the left side and choose Browser.
    3. Scroll down to the very bottom and click on Restore settings to their original defaults link.
    4. Confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

    avast browser cleanup For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad rating including related to Really Good Search. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

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    Cleaning browsers shortcuts

    shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

    Download Shortcut Cleaner

    How to protect from threats, like Really Good Search, in future

    Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Really Good Search may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-virus programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Really Good Search.

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