In this article we are going to try and help you remove GoGameGo “Virus”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Welcome to the GoGameGo “Virus” removal guide. You probably found our article while looking for a solution on how to remove the ads, pop-ups and banners delivered by GoGameGo in your Chrome, Firefox or other default browser. The good thing is that here we have prepared all the instructions you may need in order to completely uninstall the adware that is disturbing you, as well as some specific information about the way this program operates. Below you will find an introduction to all the things you need to know before proceeding to the actual uninstallation, and a removal guide that will help you effectively remove GoGameGo “Virus”. For best results, we suggest you pay attention to all the steps and carefully follow the instructions.
What exactly is adware and why is it disturbing you?
You have probably heard the term “adware” before, and even if you have not, here we will explain what kind of software this is and whether it could hide any security risks for your system. In general, this term comes in short from “advertising software” and is directly related to the online advertising industry. Programs like GoGameGo and other similar software are usually classified as adware, because they perform some specific ad-generating activities on your screen. They usually integrate with your default browser and impose some potentially unwanted changes to your browser settings and browsing habits that ensure you are exposed to as many ads, pop-ups, banners and all sorts of promotional notifications as possible. For this, they may change your homepage to some sponsored page or insert another search engine that may redirect your searches to promotional sites with more advertisements. This is usually done with one sole aim – money. Most of the adware applications are involved in a remuneration scheme called Pay-Per-Click, where the adware owners earn from the clicks on the displayed ads, banners, and pages. GoGameGo is not an exception and as such, it may try to expose its affected users to dozens of ads and trick them into clicking them by placing some intrusive popping boxes and messages that don’t want to go away. However, the intrusiveness of the ads is the main reason why these kinds of programs are known as a source of browsing-related irritation and disturbance for many.
There are a few things that are good to know about the ad-generating programs:
- Distribution methods. The places where you are more likely to come across adware like GoGameGo are free software platforms, torrent sites, spam emails, open source download websites, and direct download managers, where such applications are mostly bundled inside the installers. They usually get installed along with the desired program once the users run the installation package. However, preventing that is possible if the users read the EULA before running the setup and carefully customize the bundle by disabling the undesired software from the advanced/custom option in the installer.
- Security risks. Very often adware applications are wrongly accused of being viruses, mostly because of their irritating and aggressive ads-displaying activity, which some users may mistake for a virus infection. Luckily, this is not the case with this type of software. Programs like GoGameGo are legally developed pieces of software, which, unlike viruses or malicious threats like Trojans and Ransomware, are not developed to harm the user’s computer. They cannot encrypt your system files like Ransomware does, nor can they compromise your system like a Trojan horse would. However, as harmless as they are, adware applications may still cause some significant browsing-related disturbance, which may prevent users from fully using the internet.
- GoGameGo’s activities. When operating on your computer, GoGameGo will mostly flood your screen with various advertising messages, new tabs, sponsored websites, and pop-ups which may come in series and be really hard to close. You should not panic if your searches get redirected, because this is another thing that may happen when this adware is active on your machine. Also, it may collect some information about your browsing history, the latest websites you have visited and the things you search for online. This data may later be transmitted to the adware owners for analysis and optimization of the advertisements they display or just be sold to different marketers and advertising companies that may be interested in this type of information. Some system lags and a general slowdown of your browser and PC performance may also be noticed on some older machines.
All in all, there is hardly anything useful in keeping such ad-displaying software on your computer, unless you really enjoy being constantly notified about hot offers and promotions. Unfortunately, there is no easy option to simply stop or disable the ads when you don’t need them. That’s why ads-free browsing won’t be possible unless you fully remove the software that is generating the ads from your computer. In case you decide to do that, the removal guide below will help you manually delete GoGameGo and all of its traces with just a few clicks of the mouse.
GoGameGo “Virus” Removal
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find GoGameGo or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove GoGameGo From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by GoGameGo and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove GoGameGo From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove GoGameGo From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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