This article aims to help users remove Gangnam Game Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Gangnam Game Virus is a piece of software in many ways resembling closely the effects and behavior of the Adware type of virus. This type of malware is considered less severe than others but you should still learn what to expect and how to deal with it. In this article we are going to outline some of the major issues associated with this virus as well as some of the ill effects this is going to cause your system and of course we will give you a detailed guide on how to remove it from your computer.
As we already mentioned the Adware type of virus is not among the usual suspects when people are talking about the most vicious pests that you may have the misfortune of getting to know better. Yet that doesn’t mean that you should take the treat they represent lightly. You will experience and encounter numerous redirects every time you start browsing the internet. You only need to open your browser really. In addition to the redirects you are also going to see a lot of pop-ups with Ads, thus justifying the name – Adware. What both the redirects to various shady websites and the fraudulent pop-ups have in common is the following: they are both leading you to potentially unsafe locations where you are most probably going to get infected with even more viruses and other types of malware. You should know that these advertisements are utterly fake and disregard them as best as possible. While that might be hard, let’s face it they are totally annoying, not interacting with the suspicious websites/ads is the safest possible behavior from your side. Of course that is only a temporary solution, you can’t leave this malicious software on your device any longer than it takes you to completely remove it.
You have probably noticed the effects Gangnam Game Virus has on the performance of your PC. Due to the nature of this virus you will get significantly decreased performance from your system as well as periodic freezes and in some cases even complete system failures or the blue screen of death as it is notoriously known.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Gangnam Game Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Gangnam Game Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Gangnam Game Virus
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Before you jump head on into the removal process, take this moment to read through this short paragraph and save yourself some valuable time in the process. It is universally hard or maybe we should say impossible to create a removal guide that will work for all users, all systems and with every different version of the virus. Yep, there are different versions of this malware all over the World Wide Web. After all the creators of such programs don’t want to make life any easier for the people trying to remove their creations. As a result some of the steps outlined in your detailed guide might not relate to your specific situation and problem at all, if that is the case skip the irrelevant step or steps and move on. If you have any questions, suggestions or recommendations, leave us a comment, we appreciate the feedback.
Our first step here 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 Users:
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. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
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 new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new 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.
Windows 10 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).
Continue with Step 2.
Gangnam Game Virus has more than likely spread to all your browsers. What this means for you is you will need to apply each and every step of our removal guide individually for every browser present on your computer at the time the virus has accessed your device. If you installed any additional software from unsecured locations and or prompted by the malware, you will have to locate and remove it as well.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Gangnam Game 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Gangnam Game Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Gangnam Game Virus 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. 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.
Go to STEP 5.
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.
WARNING!!! VERY, VERY IMPORTANT! DO NOT CONTINUE BEFORE READING!
You have reached the point of no return. The next few steps are crucial to the whole operation. At the same time if something goes wrong here there is a very real and distinct possibility that your whole system might get completely broken. If you do not want to take such a chance or are not utterly convinced in what you are doing we strongly recommend using a professional remover to get rid of Gangnam Game Virus. This is a real threat, there are multiple reports of user’s personal information getting accessed through this virus, so beware!!!
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
STEP 6 (UPDATED!):
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “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 the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
We discovered an additional string you should delete in regedit :
- HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsregedit.exe
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STEP 7 – Optimization
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 – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.