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Remove Goodgame Empire Virus (August 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove the Goodgame Empire Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The Goodgame Empire Virus

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The Goodgame Empire Virus Log in Screen

The recently released Goodgame Empire Virus is a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you suspect that it may have entered your machine. Typically, when a Trojan Horse infection attacks a given computer, the user is likely to remain unaware of the ongoing infection for quite some time. The Trojan viruses are able to stay undetected and to carry out their activities in silence and secrecy. A good antivirus solution is usually your best bet if you want to increase your chances of spotting a Trojan before its too late. Goodgame Empire, however, is a very new virus and as such it is yet to be added to the malware databases of many antivirus programs out there. Some antiviruses that you can use come with zero-day detection capabilities but even this may not always guarantee that a new Trojan like Goodgame Empire would get detected. Still, some protection is better than no protection, which is why we still believe it’s important to have a security tool in your system that can potentially spot Trojans as well as other threats.

Now, though we said that Trojans such as Goodgame Empire, Big Farm, Save Yourself may not show visible symptoms while they are in your computer, this is not necessarily always the case. There may sometimes be certain infection signs, but this largely depends on what the malware is trying to do while in your computer. An example of that is if the Trojan is controlling your computer and forcing it to carry out certain activities. Such activities could be mining BitCoin, spamming other users with malicious online messages, and conducting DDoS attacks alongside other computers controlled by the same virus. Such activities normally require large portions of your machine’s system resources, which is why you are likely to experience slow-downs, unresponsiveness and even system crashes while the Trojan is operating.

 However, if the malware is trying to spy on you (a very common use of the Trojan Horse infections in general), then it is likely that there wouldn’t be any visible signs of the presence of the virus. Such a Trojan Horse activity can be particularly harmful to you, because the malware may manage to obtain some highly sensitive information from your computer. Through keylogging, it may get hold of your online passwords, your banking numbers, personal online conversations you’ve had through chat, and so on and so forth. Needless to say, the hackers would gladly use such information to blackmail you, to harass you, or to directly steal money from your banking accounts as long as they have the opportunity to do so.

What if Goodgame Empire is in my machine right now?

The advice we’d give you is to carefully read the instructions that are included in the guide below – they will help you with the removal of this Trojan and all of the malicious data related to it present in your computer. In case you are unable to finish the guide or the manual steps did not remove the malware, you can also resort to using the removal program posted down below.

SUMMARY:

Name Goodgame Empire
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Though there may be no symptoms whatsoever, in some cases, a Trojan may make your computer very slow and trigger various errors and even BSOD crashes.
Distribution Method Oftentimes, Trojans can be found within the installers of pirated games and other programs that are getting illegally distributed. Spam letters and shady ads are also commonly used tools of Trojan Horse distribution.
Detection Tool

Remove Goodgame Empire Virus

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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. 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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

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.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

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.

Step5

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 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!


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