search-goal.com is the homepage hijacker which is installed by malicious software. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote Search Goal Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results. Once this search-goal.com browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with search-goal.com. This search-goal.com homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. We noticed that by installing software our homepage and default search engine was replaced with search-goal.com, but we couldn’t find it in the programs list in Windows. This is a nasty browser hijacker or a so called browser redirect.
It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers an Advanced, Custom or Decline button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.