Swapgame net Search “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

Are you having trouble browsing the web with your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer and the reason for that is a strange flow of pop-ups, ads, new tabs and search redirects? If yes, then most probably a browser hijacking program called Swapgame net Search “Virus” has installed its components inside your default browser. Typically, this program can integrate with any browser and has the ability to initiate replacements in your favorite search engine or homepage without the users’ approval. For this reason, many people consider it a virus and tend to get panicked when they face its rather invasive behavior on their computers. What is more, most of them usually find it difficult to remove this software and get their browser settings back to normal because they don’t know how to correctly uninstall it from their system. If you are one of these users, who are worried about what is going on and want to eliminate Swapgame net Search “Virus” and all of its changes, feel welcome to our page. Here we are going to show you step by step how to get rid of this browser hijacker. You can use the detailed instructions in the free removal guide below, the help of the professional Swapgame net Search “Virus” removal tool as well as all the basic information about the nature and specifics of the browser hijackers that we are going to share with you in the next lines.

What is the problem with Swapgame net Search “Virus”?

The main problem with Swapgame net Search “Virus” and similar browser hijacking pieces of software is not some file destruction, credential theft or other type of fraud (which is typical for real viruses such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.), but the irritation they may cause to your normal browsing. Usually, such programs are not harmful, but they can frequently interrupt your searches, redirect you to some promotional sites, sales, offers and aggressively popping new tabs, and this way, prevent you from browsing the web in peace. These activities, although a bit intrusive, are not considered illegal and are done usually with advertising purposes. Basically, by redirecting your searches and exposing you to certain sites and ads, the browser hijackers bring traffic and clicks to certain promoted pages, services, and products.  This way, the vendors and website owners get what they want (clicks, traffic, ads exposure and income). The users, however, may end up dealing with a wall of spam on their browser every time they try to open it. For this reason, a lot of them are looking for a way to remove programs like Swapgame net Search “Virus”.

Swapgame net Search “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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 Swapgame net Search “Virus” 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 Swapgame net Search “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Swapgame net Search “Virus” 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

WARNING!
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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!

But if they are not viruses or some nasty malware, why are the browser hijackers so difficult to remove, you may ask? Programs of this type can integrate their components deep into the OS, so it can be difficult to remove them manually. For this reason, most of the users usually need a detailed guide with removal instructions or the help of a professional browser hijacker removal tool. The guide that you can find below is designed to speed up the process of removing Swapgame net Search “Virus” from your system even if you are not an expert. The instructions there will also save time by dealing with all web scripts and “helper elements”. It is very important that you “uninstall” all of them so that you do not face this problem again.

Common issues that you may face while Swapgame net Search “Virus” operates on your machine:

Although, technically, Swapgame net Search “Virus” is a tool used for online advertising and will not destroy your system or your files the way that Ransomware or some other nasty virus would do, some of its activities may be just as unpleasant. Let’s take a look at some of the most disturbing ones:

  • Frequent search redirects to various unfamiliar web pages, generation of ads, pop-up alerts, banners and intrusive new tabs. 
  • Changes in the browser settings. Typically, Swapgame net Search “Virus” may change the default settings of the search engine, the new tab, and the home page. It can also add additional extensions and components to the affected browser.
  • Unwanted commercial content in search results. If the browser hijacker is installed on your PC, you may start to notice more commercial ads among the search results.
  • Monitoring your online actions. The developers of browser hijackers may sometimes program their tools to collect information about frequently visited webpages and search queries as well as some personal data such as name, email, IP, and home address and trade this information with business partners.

These online marketing practices should not be overlooked, even if the huge amount of ads does not bother you. It is advisable to remove the program that is initiating them in order to have an uninterrupted browsing and to minimize the chance of getting redirected to web locations you don’t know.

SUMMARY:

Name Swapgame net Search
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sudden page redirects, ads, pop-ups, banners and search engine replacements.
Distribution Method Spam messages, ads, pop-ups, banners, free downloads, automatic installation managers, freeware sites, torrents. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.