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Remove GalacticaGames(.)com Browser Hijacker Efficiently

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GalacticaGames(.)com serves as a download page for a browser hijacker. The hijacker redirects you and pops a Yahoo page for search results. All of your search queries will go through the servers of another hijacker – SafeFinder. GalacticaGames(.)com changes a browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine. A browser extension of a sort could appear as well. Advertisements and targeted content can show from redirects. To remove the hijacker and its files, you should read the whole articlе.

Threat Summary

Name GalacticaGames(.)com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description All browsers on your PC might be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter your searches.
Symptoms The homepage, search engine and new tab, as well as browser extensions are settings that can be changed around your browsers. You could see third party content and advertisements.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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GalacticaGames(.)com – Spread

The GalacticaGames(.)com platform can use multiple ways to spread. The most common one may be via third-party installations. Programs in a bundled package, along with other freeware, can spread the hijacker onto your computer. Freeware setups can have more components prepared for a default installation. Lots of settings can be modified until you notice changes in your browsers. Preventing unneeded installations can be done if you find a Custom or an Advanced menu in the setup for deselection of the extra components.

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GalacticaGames(.)com can use other ways to spread its search engine. One of the ways is shown on the above image – a direct download page for the hijacker on its official site. Another one of those is through adverti on websites, be it banners, pop-ups or additional advertising content. The hijacker might also be injected to your PC with the aid of suspicious websites, hosting redirects. Said websites could be in an affiliated program with GalacticaGames(.)com. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

GalacticaGames(.)com – In Depth

GalacticaGames(.)com is the main page of the domain and functions as a direct download page for the browser hijacker in question. Once active, the hijacker will set your search engine, along with the new tab and home page to Home.GalacticaGames(.)com:

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The Home.GalacticaGames(.)com web address consists of a search bar, toolbar, and multiple buttons, which are all some redirects or pushing targeted or ad content. That page replaces the browser pages and settings and is what is shown whenever you try doing a search. Browser preferences could be modified, and an extension could be installed.

From there, if you click on anything placed in the toolbar, you will get redirected to the “Play” section of the platform, consisting of many games and ads. That is on the web address http://play.galacticagames(.)com/. You can see a picture of the page below:

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If a program related to GalacticaGames(.)com enters your PC, like a browser add-on, for instance, then you will see further modifications made to your browsers. Some of these modifications are the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Communicate with cooperating websites
  • Change your search settings to: search.galacticagames(.)com

The above changes are found in Google’s Chrome Web Store, so that is another temporary way of distribution (Google should remove the extension from their store). You could witness lots of redirects, which could land you on web pages with a low reputation. These pages could be affiliated or even partnered in a way with GalacticaGames(.)com.

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In the image above, you can see search results of GalacticaGames(.)com. Obviously, that is Yahoo, because the hijacker redirects you to the search results page of that reputable search engine. It might redirect different users to different search engine sites. The hijacker is probably doing that to try and trick you into trusting it. In actuality your searches go through this redirect:

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With the redirect in place, the GalacticaGames(.)com platform collects information about you and all other users which have it, willingly or unwillingly. Your search queries will go through servers of Search.SafeFinder(.)com.

The search engines are associated in a way and possibly their owners are business partners. All of the gathered information from your queries can be disclosed between the sites. You should be careful of what you type in search bars, especially if it is personal. Do not click on buttons found in Search.GalacticaGames(.)com, because the redirects may also gather some information or redirect you. Read further to find out what data can be obtained from you from the hijacker.

GalacticaGames(.)com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the GalacticaGames(.)com can be seen on http://www.galacticagames.com/privacy and is not in written form, but just an image. Since the site redirects and goes through the Safe Finder platform, probably they are affiliates and share obtained information. Both policies state that personally and non-personally identifying information is collected and both are very similar in what they say. From reading, we see that SafeFinder also collects the information that GalacticaGames(.)com does, even a bit more.

You can view the Privacy Policy of SafeFinder here:

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The policy states that the information collected by the hijacker is:

  • Browser (its type and language)
  • Operating System (its type and language)
  • Your name and address
  • Geo location and IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Your time zone
  • Advertisements viewed
  • Offers and services that interest you
  • Default search
  • VPN and Proxy services
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Interaction with social networks
  • Screen Resolution
  • Search quires and browsing history
  • Pages browsed and content viewed

Using the services of GalacticaGames(.)com or those of Safe Finder, including toolbars or applications connected to them automatically gives your consent for personal information collection. The policy informs that cookies, web beacons, pixel tags and similar technologies can be used in the process of data gathering.

Remove GalacticaGames(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove GalacticaGames(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.

Manually delete GalacticaGames(.)com from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the GalacticaGames(.)com threat: Manual removal of GalacticaGames(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Remove or Uninstall GalacticaGames(.)com in Windows
2. Remove GalacticaGames(.)com from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by GalacticaGames(.)com on your PC

Automatically remove GalacticaGames(.)com by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove GalacticaGames(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to GalacticaGames(.)com in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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