This page aims to help you remove the Gamegogle Virus. These the Gamegogle Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
If you have the Gamegogle Virus installed on your computer then you also have to deal with an endless stream of advertisement injected into your internet browser. That is so because the Gamegogle Virus is actually an browser hijacker. This is a class of malicious applications that specializes in the creation of these unwanted Ads and the creator of the Gamegogle Virus is actually getting paid by the sites benefiting from the Ads every time someone clicks on them.
On its own browser hijacker applications are pretty harmless and therefore security experts have assigned the lowest threat level to them, but that is not to say they are not malicious and that they should be kept on an user’s computer. The Ads are seldom useful, but will continue clogging your screen and become an annoyance very quickly – especially when they have animations and sound attached. They will also slow down your machine, especially if you have the habit of keeping multiple tabs open. Your CPU will have to render the Ads on every page you try to open and thus divert system resources in the process. It will also have to download the data needed to display the Ads, which can put up several extra seconds of load time if you are using a poor wi-fi connection.
Let’s discuss how the Gamegogle Virus was installed on your computer
Since browser hijacker resides in the grey area of not being exactly malicious, but not wanted either it has a legal status that allows it to be included in software bundles. A software bundle is when the installer of one program contains several other additional programs to be installed alongside the main one (if allowed). Naturally if you use the Default option when installing a program bundle you will end up with every program inside – possibly including unwanted applications like the Gamegogle Virus or other useless bloatware. For this reason it’s an excellent idea to always pick Advanced instead, unless of course you are already familiar with the installer and know it contains nothing dangerous. Advanced will allow you to see where and what exactly is getting installed and you will also get the option of opting out of any extra application. Block any program you are not familiar with from installing. This could save you a lot of trouble.
Don’t click on anything related to the Gamegogle Virus
While the Gamegogle Virus is pretty safe on its own the same does not apply to the content hidden behind the Ads. Quality control over what the Ads advertise is fairly low and you could easily be led to a scam or virus infected site. The same applies to any software that the Gamegogle Virus may advertise to you directly. browser hijacker similar to the Gamegogle Virus is known for its ability to create fake Ads that look like system messages that report different kind of fake or over exaggerated problems. The sole goal of this tactic is to make you believe there is a problem with your PC and to scare you into downloading some type of PC repairing or optimizing software. We recommend that you don’t trust any such messages until the Gamegogle Virus is removed from your machine.
|Symptoms||Redirects on browser startup or when opening new tab, a general slowness of the system.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, spam email and other viruses.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove the Gamegogle Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the Gamegogle Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Remove the Gamegogle Virus
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
The Gamegogle Virus has likely infected all of your Internet browsers as add-on attachments. With Safe Mode enabled you can begin removing it and to do that look up the instructions as written in Step 2 and Step 3. You’ll need to do these steps for every browser installed on your machine – otherwise you risk it bouncing right back into browsers you already cleaned.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the Gamegogle Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove the Gamegogle Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
the Gamegogle Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove the Gamegogle Virus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the Gamegogle Virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
The next step is very important for the permanent removal of the Gamegogle Virus, but can also be a bit dangerous. Read the instructions carefully and double-check any file before deleting it, because if you make a mistake you risk doing serious damage to one of your programs or possibly to your OS. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional the Gamegogle Virus remover. If you go that route you’ll also have your computer searched for other viruses that might have been installed by the Gamegogle Virus or alongside it.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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