Gamingwonderland “Virus” Removal (June 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Gamingwonderland “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have recently noticed that your Chrome, IE, Firefox or any other browsing program you might have on your PC has started getting frequently redirected to random web pages and has had its old search engine, starting page and new-tab page replaced without you having given your permission for that, the most likely reason for this intrusiveness is a hijacker app such as Gamingwonderland. Browser hijackers are a really common type of software and many users have problems with them. Gamingwonderland is only one recent representative of this software group that we are going to be focusing on throughout the following paragraphs. If you currently have Gamingwonderland “Virus” or some other hijacker on your computer, you probably want to get rid of the pesky software so that your browsing would no longer be getting obstructed by it. We know how annoying it could be to have your browser modified without your permission and to have your online sessions disrupted by frequent page redirects and ads-generation (another typical hijacker ability). Therefore, we have made sure to provide all of our readers who might need help with removing Gamingwonderland “Virus” with a guide that contains detailed instructions on exactly that. Just take a look at the steps listed down below and follow them closely for a quick removal of the unwanted app. In the guide, you can also find a tool for removing unwanted and/or potentially hazardous software that you can use in combination with the guide or as an alternative method for uninstalling the hijacker in case you do not feel confident enough to go with the manual removal option. Regardless of what you decide on, we advise you to take away the unwanted app as there’s no need to have your browsing obstructed by it and also there could be certain issues that might arise from the presence of such an app on your computer (we will get to that shortly). One other thing that we’d want to point out is that you can always request our help via the comments section in case you need any help with Gamingwonderland or if you simply want to share your opinion on this topic.

Gamingwonderland “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Gamingwonderland from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Gamingwonderland from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Gamingwonderland from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

The nature of browser hijackers

There are many dangerous and harmful virus program out there that you certainly don’t want to get on your PC – Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, Trojan Horses, Rootkits and so on and so forth. However, if a hijacker has landed on your computer, then there’s no reason to get panicked since this category of software is actually quite harmless. In most cases, no lasting damage would come to your PC from such a software app and it is unlikely that anything on your computer would get directly threatened. Hijackers are mostly tool for advertising that help their creators accumulate revenue by conducting their aggressive advertising campaigns with little to no regard about how irritating this could actually be for the end user. That said, the constant stream of ads and the changes to your browser that might come from an app such as Gamingwonderland is typically not something that would cause damage to your PC. The problem, however, comes if some of the ads that might get placed on your screen and if some of the online pages you might get redirected to are actually not all that safe and reliable. Most hijacker-related adverts and pages should be fine and shouldn’t represent a security hazard. However, you can never be fully certain that you won’t accidentally come across some page, pop-up or banner which might land you on an online address that is actually used as a source for malware viruses like Trojans and Ransomware. This is why it’s just better if you do away with any hijackers on your system as soon as you find out about their presence inside your computer system. Also, in the meanwhile, we advise you to abstain from interacting with any promotional materials coming from the pesky application.

File bundles are the most popular method for distributing hijacker apps

Some hijackers have official sites where they are promoted in a more favourable light so that users might willingly download them. In other cases, a hijacker might come to you through a spam e-mail or after you’ve clicked on some misleading online ad or offer. However, it seems that most users land hijacker apps through software bundles when the unwanted software is integrated with another program’s installer. If you fail to opt out of the installation of any potentially bundled the hijackers when setting up any new programs on your PC, you’d likely get the undesirable piece of software as well. However, there’s an easy way to handle this – just access the custom setup menu. The options in there should give you the freedom to choose what to leave out and what to allow to get installed on your PC alongside the main program from the bundle. Use this menu and uncheck anything that looks like a hijacker to avoid landing any unwanted apps the likes of Gamingwonderland.

SUMMARY:

Name Gamingwonderland
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijacker apps tend to mess with the user’s browser and impose unauthorized changes on it.
Distribution Method Mostly, via sketchy and misleading online ads, spam e-mail letters and through software bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.