Most of us have had a love-hate experience relationship with online games. We all come up with bizarre ways to play some casual games online when we have browsed the web for a longtime. But when we are approaching to some websites, we usually do not have the ability to figure out whether this site is safe or not. For example, there is a site named Gangnamgame.net which is reported by many net users as it has been regarded as an insecure website recently. The most hateful feature of this site from the victims who get it from free bundles is that it acts like a browser hijacker because it tends to control browser settings forcibly. Is it really dangerous? Keep reading to find answer.
Basic Information about Gangnamgame.net
* Gangnamgame.net is not safe to visit
Gangnamgame.net is a game-related website which offers various associated links. But it has been used as a commercial website for some months, and is still the most annoying pop up page that most computer users want to get rid of. The commercial websites like this one are often created for advertising. The developers of them usually aim at getting profits and advantages through promoting such websites. When we get this page during browsing, we often procrastinate on finding if it is safe because we think that we can pull off the work for a while and just close this tab then it will be gone by itself. However, this though might tend to backfire, when this page automatically show sup on the screen and the homepage is linked to its domain. Then the hijacking has been started. In order to stay on track formulated by its promoters, it may constantly set its related sites to the homepage, search page and other site that we frequently access and it updates the insecure programs all the time to make sure all codes and files are installed. Its partners can be beneficial to make online pop up ads and make use quick links to other advertising websites. At the beginning, it modifies the homepage so that we will get this site as long as we run infected browser, and continues to add other browsing objects like extension, add-on and plugins. Additionally, it moves to influence computer system in order to reach its goal to alter windows registry entries.
This is not a new website which is recently published. Instead, it has been published for a long time and has got many loyal visitors. This site, which is regarded as browser hijacker by computer experts, is not a technical computer virus as it do not deliver malware. However, the feature of hijacking and changing the default homepage make it get close to browser hijacker family as the the modification will increase a lot of the risk associated with online potential threats. For most of us, a strange like this is nothing more than regular redirection web page that we may encounter when browsing some insecure websites like online games and games app downloads. However, we may probably do not know what is the main marketing aim of developing this site. Undoubtedly, many of the worlds biggest game websites that are created to promote game software and want to convince computer users to download related applications. Research suggests that this website not only promotes online games, articles and apps, it also aims at changing the homepage of our computer into its domain, making us automatically get this page during browsing. According to several studies, users who get this infection inside tend to get more pop up ads, but there is no corresponding evidence to show that being infected by this browser hijacker will result in unwanted downloads. But the this page is not recommended to visit as it is classified to be risky.
* Gangnamgame.net modifies DNS settings
Why does it change DNS settings? This of course begs the questions, what is the main purpose of this website? It seems the answer it that its developers want to make money its promotion. All the benefits they can gain from this website are based on this infection. Please note that there are other potential risks, such as malicious advertising ads, redirection links and risky downloads.
The changes might increase the possibility of our access to other websites and decrease the internet performance. Once the DNS settings is changed bu this infection, it sets some boundaries with our browsing. This point if important, once we run browser to surf, it pushes us to accept its homepage. There is no way for us to decline as it takes charge with browsing. With some malicious running inside our computer, we may have no idea who might be our profile visitors as remote control is possible if the programs installed on our computer act like a serve port to transmit data to other computers. With the modification on an web browser, there is a good chance that it will continue taking control of other settings as startup page, homepage and search engine as we mention above. Suddenly getting this page can often result from system weakness as this kind of malware usually make use of computer vulnerability in order to sneak on to system.
How to Remove Gangnamgame.net Virus
Note: we should be able to remove windows registry if we want to fix this issue manually without downloading anything, but we do need the removal tool no matter how we remove this browser hijacker as it is necessary to scan the leftovers to make sure all risky programs, files and registries are deleted. If the manual removal means manual deletion of registry and files, we will need to consider the risks we are going to face. This is not wasted time, it reduces the risks of mistaken deletion. However, auto-fix tool is always the first choice which is recommended by most computer experts.
Manual removal guide:
Step One. Restart computer in safe mode
(Quick links: How to restart computer in safe mode)
Step Two. Delete malicious windows registry
we need to open windows registry editor to delete the registry which is changed by this infection.
Click the start icon (or windows icon ) at the left bottom of desktop, then we will find a search bar which is provided to search program and files.
As we want to open registry editor, we need to put “regedit” in the search bar, then we will get a related result named “regedit” program, click it to open
As the “registry editor“ window is opened, click the entry “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” under “computer”
Then click “software” option under “HKEY_CURRENT_USER”
move to “internet explorer”
Continue clicking “main”
From the results listed at the left side, check “start page” “search page” and “home page” strings, delete them if they are changed to other unwanted URL.
Right click the string which is changed, selete “delete” to delete it. Follow this step and delete all malicious strings one by one.
Click “yes” to confirm the deletion
Step Three. Reset Firefox, Chrome and IE settings
* Reset homepage
Run Firefox, click main menu icon and then click“options”to open general settings window
Check if Gangnamgame.net URL is added to home page box, if it is, we should rest homepage to default
To reset homepage URL, click “restore to default” button
Close all tabs
* Clear browsing history
As the browser settings of Firefox is reset, we should clear related browsing data for security
Open a new tab from Firefox, if the tool bar of Firefox does not exist, right click the mouse at the top of the interface, select “menu bar”
As the menu bar appears, click “helps” option and move to “clear recent history…”
On the opening window, click the drop down box from “time range to clear” and then select “everything”, then tick all the related browsing data we want to remove, mostly we need to delete:
Browsing and download history
Cache active logins
Offline websites data
As all the data we want to clear is ticked, click “clear now” button to clear them all at once
* Reset Firefox settings to default (optional)
Click “help” at menu bar, then select “troubleshooting” option from drop-down list
From opening window, click “refresh Firefox” option
Then click “refresh Firefox” gain from the pop up window to confirm
Then the resetting process is activated, click “finish” when the resetting is done
* Reset Chrome DNS settings
Run Chrome, enter “chrome://net-internals/#dns” on the address bar, then we will get a window as follow:
We can find that some DNS settings are changed by this browser hijacker, and this is one of the reasons why we continue getting this page when we open any page from Chrome. For this reason, we must reset the DNS settings to make sure we can regain the control of Google Chrome.
To reset DNS, click “clear host cache” button from this page
Then close it as we have done.
* Reset Chrome startup page
Run Google Chrome, click main menu icon and select “settings” from the list
Form the “settings” page, click “set pages” option on “on startup” section
Delete all page which is added on startup pages and then click “OK” to confirm
* Clear Chrome browsing data
Back to settings page, click “history”
Continue clicking “clear browsing data…” option
Then click the drop-down button from “obliterate the following items from” , and then select “ the beginning of time”
Tick the below browsing data:
Cookies and other site and plug-in data
Cached images and files
Autofill form data
Hosted app data
Do note that this action will make all the data we save on Chrome be deleted, including the password and account information we save from specific websites.
To clear them, click “clear browsing data..” option
* Reset Chrome settings to default
Back to settings window, scroll to the bottom of this page, click “reset settings”
From the opening window, click “reset” , then all the settings will be set to default
As the process is finished, close all tabs.
* Reset IE settings to default
Open a page, click main menu icon, move to “settings” option
Roll to the end of the tab, click “show advanced settings”
Pull down to the bottom of the window, under “reset settings” section, click “reset settings” option
Once the “rest settings” tab is opened, click “reset” to confirm the process
Then close all tabs
Restart computer and check if all the browsers settings are set back.
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