Uninstall GSpace Discover

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GSpace Discover

GSpace Discover is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that can make different changes in your system and cause unusual browser behavior. The primary purpose of GSpace Discover is to push ads and other promotional content on your screen to generate Pay-Per-View and Pay-Per-Click revenue.

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The main distribution strategy employed to get this software installed on more computers is the use of file-bundling. With the help of this method, the creators of the GSpace Discover PUP are able to attach this software to the installer of another program – one that’s typically free and that a large number of users are likely to download and install. However, in most cases, the PUP included in the installation bundle is enabled by default, which means that installing the main program without first taking the time to opt-out of the PUP’s installation would get the latter installed on our computer as well. If you’ve recently installed anything new on your computer (especially if it was free and/or from a questionable source), then this could be the reason behind the presence of GSpace Discover on your computer.

The good news is there’s no reason to worry, as we will assist you with the deletion of this irritating piece of software.

What is GSpace Discover?

GSpace Discover is a type of undesirable software that floods your screen with advertisements and banners even when you are not using the browser. PUPs like the GSpace Discover need to be uninstalled in order to avoid accidentally landing on unsafe and hazardous web pages.

The main issue with GSpace Discover (aside from it being quite annoying) is that you are more likely to become targeted by and/or exposed to hackers and scammers. Unfortunately, many of the sites, products, and services that may get marketed by this PUP could be unreliable or outright dangerous. If you interact with the wrong link or ad or if the PUP automatically redirects your browser, you may even get sent to phishing pages or sites filled with disguised malware downloads. Furthermore, depending on your browser’s settings, it’s even possible that malware downloads occur automatically after you click on something misleading and unsafe. For this reason, we recommend not interacting with any sort of online content until your PC is free of the undesirable program.

The GSpace Discover virus

The GSpace Discover virus is not a very threatening program, but its ads and page redirects might expose your computer to danger. The GSpace Discover virus is categorized as a PUP by most experts, and it’s advisable to remove it if it’s on your PC.

Though oftentimes users who come across this program refer to it as the GSpace Discover virus, you may be relieved to learn that this isn’t actually some type of malicious and highly-dangerous malware program, the likes of a Trojan Horse or Ransomware. It’s more of an undesirable program that can be quite invasive and can potentially put your system at risk of being attacked by more threatening forms of malware. However, in and of itself, GSpace Discover is rather unlikely to damage your computer or do any other kind of harm within the system. That said, it’s still best to fully remove it from your computer alongside any other software in the system that may be related to it.

Is GSpace safe?

GSpace is not a very safe program – even though it isn’t an actual virus, the changes introduced by it to the system and browsers may put your system at risk. Therefore, we recommend deleting GSpace in order to keep your system and data safe.

Most users seem to have difficulties with the uninstallation of this PUP – there are quite a lot of files and settings related to the program that get left behind after it gets seemingly uninstalled. Unless those files and settings get removed as well, the effects of the unwanted software could continue to bother you. For this reason, below we have shown exactly how to delete GSpace Discover alongside all data it may leave behind as well as how to revoke any changes that it may have made in your system and browsers.

Summary:

NameGSpace Discover
TypePUP/Browser Hijacker
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GSpace Discover uninstall

To uninstall GSpace Discover, you must first run its uninstallation executable and then clear any remaining items related to it:

  1. First, open Control Panel > Uninstall a Program and uninstall the unwanted software from there or run the GSpace Discover uninstaller.
  2. Next, check for remaining unwanted processes in the Task Manager and quit them.
  3. Thirdly, delete the remaining files in the PUP’s folder and clean the system settings from any unwanted changes.
  4. Finally, go to your browsers, remove any rogue/unwanted extensions, and clear the browsers’ cookies and caches.

You can find helpful details about each of those steps below – we recommend reading those details before engaging in the removal process.

Detailed Removal of GSpace Discover

Before you start working with the guide, we recommend disconnecting your PC from the Internet and opening this guide on another device – this will help prevent GSpace Discover from communicating with its servers and receiving new instructions from them that may make its removal significantly more difficult.

Step 1

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On most computers that have GSpace Discover, the unwanted program’s directory is C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover, so go there and open the Uninstaller.exe executable and perform the uninstallation. Alternatively, you can open the Start Menu, go to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program (Programs and Features), right-click the GSpace entry in the list of programs, select Uninstall, and uninstall the program in this way.

It’s also a good idea to check the Uninstall a Program list for any other potentially unwanted programs and uninstall them as well.

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While performing the uninstallation of GSpace Discover or any other unwanted program, be sure to carefully read the options provided in the uninstallation manager, so that you always choose the ones that would delete everything related to the unwanted software without leaving anything behind.

That said, after you uninstall GSpace Discover using its uninstallation manager, there will still be some files, Registry entries, settings, and maybe even processes left on your PC. The rest of this guide will be focused on finding and deleting them because, unless they are removed, the unwanted program may continue to have a negative effect on your computer and may even be capable of automatically reinstalling itself.

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Check your Task Manager for remaining GSpace processes or any other rogue processes. You can open the Task Manager by pressing simultaneously the Ctrl, Shift, and Esc keys from the keyboard. Once you open the Task Manager tool, go to the Processes tab and search for any items there named GSpace Discover or anything close to that. If you notice one or more such processes, right-click them and click Open File Location.

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Next, select the process and click the End Process button shown in the bottom left, after which delete everything that’s inside the location folder and then delete the folder itself. If one or more of the files can’t be removed at the moment, and you get an error when you try to delete them, simply proceed with the guide, but remember to return to those files to try to remove them once again after the rest of the steps have been completed.

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Make sure to also check the Task Manager for other suspicious processes that aren’t named GSpace Discover. Look for resource-intensive items with questionable and unfamiliar names, and if you come across anything that you deem suspicious, look it up on Google to see if there are any reports from security researchers or other users that state the process in question may be rogue. Also, we recommend using the following free scanner that you’ll see below on the files in the location folder of the suspected process to see if any of them contain malware. Naturally, if the scanner flags any of the files, this would indicate that the process that uses them is also not supposed to be running on your computer. Quit any such processes and delete their location folders.

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    Before you try to remove anything else related to the unwanted program, put your computer in Safe Mode – this will stop any attempts that GSpace Discover may make to re-launch its processes.

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    Next, click the Start Menu, type Folder Options, hit Enter, and select the View tab in the Folder Options window that will open. There, find the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option, check its box (if it’s not already checked) and click OK.

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    Now go to the GSpace Discover folder (C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover) and delete the following files that are likely to be left in it:

    • C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover\GSpace Discover App.exe
    • C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover\GSpace Discover.exe
    • C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover\msvcp140.dll
    • C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover\Uninstaller.exe
    • C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover\vcruntime140.dll
    • C:\Program Files\BGO Software Engineering\GSpace Discover\vcruntime140_1.dll

    Again, if you can’t delete any of the files, simply continue with the guide and return to delete the remaining file/files after you finish the guide.

    Next, open the Start Menu again, type %AppData%, and press Enter. In the following folder, sort the files by creation data, and delete everything that has been created since the PUP got installed on your computer. Do this same thing with these three other folders: %LocalAppData%, %ProgramData%, %WinDir%.

    There’s one final folder that you must visit, and that folder is Temp (%Temp%) – it will likely have thousands of files in it and all of them must be erased. To do this quickly and easily, once you open the folder, press Ctrl + A and this will select all the files in that folder. Then press Del and click Yes to confirm the deletion.

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    Step 5

    In this step, you must search for the next items using the Start Menu search bar, go to each item one by one, and complete the respective actions for them as instructed below.

    Msconfig – In the System Configuration window, go to Startup and look at what items are shown in the list. Uncheck the ones that are likely to be related to GSpace Discover as well as any other questionable or unfamiliar items, and click OK. If you are on Windows 10, first click the Open Task Manager button to see the list of startup items.

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    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts – In the Hosts text file that appears on your screen, look for IPs listed at the bottom of the text, right under the two “Localhost” lines, and if any IPs can be seen there, copy-paste them in the comments and wait for our reply to your comment, where we will let you know if those IPs are rogue and if you must remove them from the file.

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    Task Scheduler – Once you open the Task Scheduler, click on its Task Scheduler Library folder (top-left), and then look at what tasks are shown in the central panel. If any of them are named GSpace Discover or seem related to the unwanted program, right-click them and select Delete. Do the same with any other suspicious tasks that you may see there.

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    Regedit.exe – First, click Yes to give the app permission to make changes in the system so that you can open it and then, when the Registry Editor window appears on your screen, press Ctrl + F, type GSpace Discover in the search bar, and press Enter to begin the search. If a GSpace Discover-related item is found, delete it and search for more such items to delete.

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    Once you’ve erased all related items and there are no more search results, manually go to the following folders/keys in the Registry by using the left panel and delete them (if they haven’t already been deleted):

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GSpace Discover
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\GSpace Discover
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GSpace Discover

    Step 6

    Gspace Discover may have also made changes in your browsers by adding to the new extensions or by changing their starting page and/or default search engine, so you must also check each of your browsers and make sure that nothing from the unwanted program is left in them.

    Start by opening the main browser and selecting its menu – for most Windows browsers, the menu of the browser should be in the top-right, just below the X button. If you are using Opera, the menu icon is a red O in the top-left of the screen.

    In the browser menu, click Extensions or Add-ons. If you are currently in Chrome, to see the Extensions option, you must first select More Tools and you will see it in the side menu that shows up.

    Once on the Extensions/Add-ons page of your main browser, look for any Gspace Discover items or items that you are unfamiliar with or that seem unwanted. If you come across any such extensions, first select their disable button to make them inactive, and immediately after clicking the Remove/Delete/X button for that extension to uninstall it.

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    Once all potentially unwanted extensions are uninstalled, head over to the browser menu once again and click Settings/Options

    Now, if you are in Chrome or another Chromium-based browser (Opera, Microsoft Edge, etc.), type Search Engine in the Settings search bar, and then, under the Search Engine settings section, make sure that the browser’s default engine is the one you prefer.

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    Next, click Manage Search Engines, find any unfamiliar, unwanted, or untrusted search engine sites in the two lists shown on that page, and disable them by clicking the three dots icons next to them and selecting Remove from list

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    If you are in Firefox, click Search in the left sidebar, see what the default search engine for the browser is, and if it isn’t the one that you want, change it according to your preference.

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    The next thing you must do is restore the starting page of the browser. In most Chromium-based browsers (but not Opera), click Appearance from the left sidebar while on the Settings page, see what the homepage of the browser is and if it is one that you don’t trust or recognize, change it to a reliable and safe homepage.

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    For Opera users, type On Startup in the Settings page search bar, and if the current setting there is Open a specific page or set of pages and if the specified startup URL is not of a site that has been chosen by you, either change that URL to a reliable site of your preference or enable one of the two other startup options (Begin fresh with start page or Retain tabs from the previous session).

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    In Firefox, click Home in the left sidebar, and if the Homepage and new windows page is set to a custom URL of a site not chosen by you, either change the URL address to the URL of a trusted site or change the setting to Firefox Home (Default) or to Blank Page.

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    Next, go to the Security & Privacy settings (should be in the left panel on the Settings page). If you don’t see that option anywhere, click Advanced/Advanced Settings and you should now see it.

    In the Security & Privacy settings page, look for a Clear browsing data/Clear data/Choose what to clear option and click it.

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    In the following window, select the Advanced tab (if there is such a tab) and then put checkmarks in all the boxes except the Passwords (and other sign-in data) box, if such a box is available. After that, click Clear Data/Clear/Clear Now to complete the action – in some cases this may take a couple of moments, and it may even seem like your browser is stuck – just give it some time and soon the deletion will be complete.

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    Once you’ve done all of this for your main browser, remember to give the same treatment to your other browsers, as they may have also been impacted by the effects of the undesirable program.

    If GSpace Discover is still bugging you

    Sometimes, some PUPs are simply way too stubborn to be worth your time to manually remove them. If by this point you are still noticing signs of the presence of GSpace Discover on your computer, it’s likely that there are still a lot of well-hidden items and settings related to this unwanted program that would be rather difficult to find and remove on your own. For this reason, we suggest trying out the specialized removal tool that you’ve likely noticed throughout our guide. It can find and eliminate any remaining unwanted data, processes, and settings, thus allowing you to finally free your PC and browsers from the effects of GSpace Discover. In addition to that, it’s also worth mentioning that the tool can provide you with robust protection against significantly more hazardous forms of malware such as SPyware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits, and more.

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    About the author

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

    2 Comments

    • I’ve deleted a lot of stuff, but for some reason GSpace keeps starting as I can see it in the running programs, but if I try to stop it it just sits there. I have a folder in Program files that starts with ‘BGO’ and has a GSpace folder underneath with the executable but of course I can’t remove it because it says it’s active….any ideas how I can finally remove this?

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