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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is GoForFiles?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that GoForFiles is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by GoForFiles?

This is the main screen of the program (minus the advertisement):

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and you may see this screen during install:

warning1.png

You may see this icon in your taskbar and on your desktop:

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and these entries in your list of installed programs:

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and this Scheduled Task:

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How did GoForFiles get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was offered as a media-download manager.

How do I remove GoForFiles?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of GoForFiles?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes GoForFiles completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. You can read here how to remove Scheduled Tasks.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the GoForFiles adware. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

No visible signs in a HijackThis log

Possible signs in a FRST log:
 (http://goforfiles.com/) C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater\GFFUpdater.exe
 (http://goforfiles.com/) C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\GoforFiles.exe
 () C:\Users\Public\Desktop\GoforFiles.lnk
 () C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\GoforFiles
 () C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\GoforFiles
 () C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater
 () C:\Program Files\GoforFiles
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\htmlayout.dll
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\toolbar857571.exe
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\toolbar880541.exe

 Task: {D9FC7BF1-33B8-4D26-8A07-A7C17144C424} - System32\Tasks\GoforFilesUpdate => C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater\GFFUpdater.exe [2015-02-25] (http://goforfiles.com/) <==== ATTENTION
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details  
---------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\GoforFiles
       Adds the file GoforFiles.exe"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 2370560 bytes, A
       Adds the file goforfilesdl.exe"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 3195984 bytes, A
       Adds the file htmlayout.dll"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 947200 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="2/25/2015 4:32 PM, 7181264 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language
       Adds the file DE.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27946 bytes, A
       Adds the file EN.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27058 bytes, A
       Adds the file ES.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 28072 bytes, A
       Adds the file FR.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27778 bytes, A
       Adds the file IT.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27124 bytes, A
       Adds the file PT.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 13898 bytes, A
       Adds the file RU.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27302 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater
       Adds the file GFFUpdater.exe"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 985088 bytes, A
       Adds the file htmlayout.dll"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 947200 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="2/25/2015 4:32 PM, 7181264 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater\language
       Adds the file DE.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27946 bytes, A
       Adds the file EN.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27058 bytes, A
       Adds the file ES.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 28072 bytes, A
       Adds the file FR.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27778 bytes, A
       Adds the file IT.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27124 bytes, A
       Adds the file PT.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 13898 bytes, A
       Adds the file RU.ini"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 27302 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\GoforFiles
       Adds the file GoforFiles.lnk"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 1879 bytes, A
       Adds the file Remove GFF.lnk"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 1872 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\GoforFiles
    In the existing folder C:\Users\Public\Desktop
       Adds the file GoforFiles.lnk"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 1867 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file GoforFilesUpdate"="2/25/2015 4:42 PM, 3088 bytes, A

Registry details  
------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GoforFiles]
       "advert_id"="REG_SZ", "501"
       "dont_show_splash"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "install_date"="REG_QWORD, ....
       "install_dir"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\GoforFiles"
       "is_can_secure_mode"="REG_SZ", "yes"
       "is_search_param"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "last_update_date"="REG_QWORD, ....
       "soft_alert"="REG_SZ", "0"
       "soft_id"="REG_SZ", "6-1-5c3effc-b419-4599-9239-4f471c80b010"
       "start_keyword_duplicate"="REG_SZ", "magnets://&dn=Ò?азаÒ?Ñ?Ñ?Ò£ ұлÑ?Ñ?Ñ?Ò? Ð±Ð°Ñ ÐºÐ¸Ñ?мдеÑ?Ñ? Ñ?еÑ?еÑ?аÑ?"
       "track"="REG_SZ", "99331"
       "version"="REG_SZ", "3.14.17"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GoforFiles]
       "current_language"="REG_SZ", "EN"
       "install_date"="REG_QWORD, ..
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GoforFiles]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\uninstall.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "GoforFiles"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "3.14.17"
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.goforfiles.com/help"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\GoforFiles"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "http://www.goforfiles.com/"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\uninstall.exe""
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.goforfiles.com/"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GoforFilesUpdater]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater\GFFUpdater.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Feature Update Service (GFF)"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "3.14.17"
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.goforfiles.com/help"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", ""
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater\uninstall.exe""
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", ""

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 2/25/2015
Scan Time: 4:51:46 PM
Logfile: mbamGoForFiles.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.00.4.1028
Malware Database: v2015.02.25.05
Rootkit Database: v2015.02.25.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 294098
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 39 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\GoforFiles.exe, 4020, Delete-on-Reboot, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3]

Modules: 1
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\htmlayout.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 

Registry Keys: 2
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\GoforFiles, Quarantined, [5f4a51d1eb9f1f17024b9aaa8a7754ac], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\GoforFilesUpdater, Quarantined, [892009195c2e181e4c01a89c14edf010], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 3
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles, Delete-on-Reboot, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\GoforFiles, Quarantined, [bdece14191f953e359baf72a24e154ac], 

Files: 16
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\GoforFiles.exe, Quarantined, [9019e1418307f640212c271dd1308d73], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles.A, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [5f4a51d1eb9f1f17024b9aaa8a7754ac], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles.A, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles Updater\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [892009195c2e181e4c01a89c14edf010], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\htmlayout.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\GoforFiles.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\goforfilesdl.exe, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language\DE.ini, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language\EN.ini, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language\ES.ini, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language\FR.ini, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language\IT.ini, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language\PT.ini, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Program Files\GoforFiles\language\RU.ini, Quarantined, [b6f3d74b6c1e31056aa71d048d780df3], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\GoforFiles\GoforFiles.lnk, Quarantined, [bdece14191f953e359baf72a24e154ac], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\GoforFiles\Remove GFF.lnk, Quarantined, [bdece14191f953e359baf72a24e154ac], 
PUP.Optional.GoForFiles, C:\Users\Public\Desktop\GoforFiles.lnk, Quarantined, [4a5f23ffa4e64aec63b1150c1ee7d729], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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