This is an article directed at the removal of BigGameCountdown. If your computer has been infected by this virus then you should keep reading – it is important to go in deep and remove all traces of the virus from your machine, otherwise it will regenerate and greet you the next time you restart your computer. Besides the removal guide there is another important thing we’ll try to teach you – how BigGameCountdown got into your computer and the tricks it and its Adware buddies use to gain access. Learning to recognize these viruses before they get into your machine is the best possible defense you can have against them – short of owning an anti-malware program.
Adware like BigGameCountdown – how they operate and what to do when you see the ads
You’ve probably guessed it – BigGameCountdown is named Adware because it generates ads. As you can see they can take many shapes and forms, but ultimately it’s 3 goals they’ll try to achieve:
- Trick you into spending money for a fake non-existing product.
- Install adware or malware on your computer should you download something.
- Or just waste your time redirecting you to fake sites.
So the best course of action while dealing with the Ads spawned from BigGameCountdown is to ignore them. Closing the windows will help, temporarily, but they will be back unless you remove the virus.
IMPORTANT! Bedies the usual ads you may be seeing several other things that try to look more legitimate then the rest of the bullshit. Things like
- Messages requesting a missing plug-in to be installed.
- An empty player that wants some program downloaded before it will run.
- An offer to download free software. Existing Anti-virus program names are commonly used as bait!
- Getting an update for an “outdated” program you have – like Java or Flash.
Of course, all of these are viruses. What you may be looking at is likely the most commonly used way for things like BigGameCountdown to spread around. Besides BigGameCountdown you may also find similar messages on many sites around the web. These things are a very clear indication that a site is unsafe and you should get out as soon as possible.
.Exe files – the importance of spotting them before it’s too late
Viruses like BigGameCountdown are almost exclusively contained in .exe files. For this reason whenever you are about to open and install such a file you should ask yourself – “Is this safe?”. If you have obtained this file from the site of the official developer then the answer is a definite “Yes”. All other options vary between “Maybe” and “HELL NO”. Play it safe – always go with the official site. In addition pay attention if the file should really be an .exe. A movie file, for example, might end with many extensions, but it will never be an .exe.
How to Remove BigGameCountdown
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows 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 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
BigGameCountdown has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find BigGameCountdown . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
BigGameCountdown should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for BigGameCountdown and anything else suspicious-looking. 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:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. 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. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here.
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.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
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. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing BigGameCountdown. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.