What is Gonextstep.online Redirect? And how does it work?
Gonextstep.online is another website with questionable reputation. It displays a pop-up message that requests users to show notifications from Gonextstep.online by clicking the Allow button. However, you need to be careful as Gonextstep.online Redirect is actually categorized as a browser redirect and a potentially unwanted program as it has a tendency to trigger redirects not just to this site but also other shady ones, as well as displays ads that might have a malicious content behind it. In other words, it could redirect you to suspicious websites that might have malicious content in it.
Based on the analysis done by security researchers, they’ve found that this suspicious domain usually contains not just pop-ups but other sponsored contents like banners and in-text links, as well as online surveys where users are asked to participate in some kind of a survey that requires their full name, email address, telephone number, address and other similar personally identifiable information. You should know better than to input all these confidential information into this tricky survey as Gonextstep.online Redirect offers are part of a phishing attack initiated by scammers to obtain information from users. Needless to say, Gonextstep.online Redirect poses a threat to your privacy that might lead to identity theft if you’re not careful enough. What’s more is that this shady redirect may also establish connection with several different hosts. As you can see, your browsing won’t be safe unless you remove Pushwhy.com Redirect and the adware that’s causing it.
How does Gonextstep.online Redirect travel the web?
Refer to the removal instructions given below to delete Gonextstep.online Redirect from your browser and computer.
Step 1: You need to close the browser infected with the Gonextstep.online Redirect. And if you can’t close it manually, you can close it using the Task Manager instead. Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and open the Task Manager.
Step 2: Next, look for the process of your browser, right click on it and select End task or End process to close it.
Step 3: Afterwards, tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and type “appwiz.cpl” in the field and press Enter to open the Programs and Features in Control Panel.
Step 4: From the list of programs installed, look for any programs that could be related to Gonextstep.online or any suspicious program you don’t remember installing under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 5: Edit your Hosts File.
- Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
- Go to System32/drivers/etc.
- Open the hosts file using Notepad.
- Delete all the entries that contain Gonextstep.online.
- After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.
Step 6: Now you have to flush the DNS cache of your computer. To do so, right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (administrator). From there, type the “ipconfig /flushdns” command and hit Enter to flush the DNS.
Step 7: After that, restart your computer and then open your browsers and reset them back to their default state.
- Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
- After that, click on Settings.
- Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
- After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
- Now restart Google Chrome.
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Next, click the wrench icon for Settings.
- Then click Internet Options.
- After that, go to the Advanced tab.
- From there, click the Reset button. This will reset Internet Explorer’s settings to their default condition.
- Now click OK to save the changes made.
- Restart your computer.
Step 8: Hold down Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.
Step 9: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files associated to the browser redirect such as the software bundle it came with and delete it/them.
Step 10: Close the File Explorer and empty the contents of Recycle Bin.
Refer to the advanced instructions given below to ensure the removal of this browser redirect from your computer as well as all the file residues it left behind.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.