|Short Description||This particular threat disables antivirus software and may collect different information or download other malicious files on user PC.|
|Symptoms||Renames antivirus programs with the ‘xxx.exe’ names on them and relocates their shortcuts. Command prompt runs and closes breifly on system startup.|
|Distribution Method||It is primarily distributed via crack or keygen programs in torrent sites. It may also be distributed via unsafe browsing, corrupted attachments, drive-by downloads, malicious apps, etc.|
|Detection tool||Download Advanced anti-malware tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Gangnamgame.net|
A site, going by the name gangnamgame.net is believed to be associated with a computer virus that modifies files on the user PC. The virus is thought to be dangerous and prevent any antivirus programs on the computer to start-up. Affected users report that on system startup this virus launches a command prompt and may execute different commands after which immediately close it. They also report experiencing a lot of difficulties when removing this program.
Gangnamgame.net Virus – How Did I Become Infected?
One way to be affected by this virus is being redirected to a malicious site that may have injected an exploit script on your computer. This could happen if you click on an online banner on an unfamiliar site or if you situated a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) unknowingly on your computer.
Another way to get affected by this malware is via opening a dangerous mail attachment. A lot of hackers are fishing for someone to open an email attachment from their massive spam campaigns. Usually, emails may resemble Windows 10 Upgrade or any other big organization or name.
Users also report, downloading torrents with the name ‘Brick’ on their computers that may have contained this malware in them. Another program update/crack associated with it is called 3DMGAME-MGSV and it is connected with the newest release of the game Metal Gear Solid. This is a game whose cracked versions in torrent sites are reported to be infected with malware by PC users.
Gangnamgame.net Virus – What Does It Do?
This virus is believed to create several different files on the computer and rename all antivirus programs with a ‘xxx’ name on them. Users also report that once renamed back to their proper names, the executable files of the antivirus programs became corrupt. More to it than that, this program runs Gangnamgame.net on the user’s browser upon startup. It is a website that is connected somehow with the most played online first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It does not have encryption and does not employ cookies on the user PC.
Initially, it was detected that this virus has modified the following registry entries:
These most likely allow it to run every time on system start-up. More to it than that, this particular virus is reported by researchers to display advertised content in various forms and also collect user information and also affect the svchost.exe process in Windows Task Manager.
The most severe things it does to a user PC is block all the anti-malware and antivirus programs from running, thus staying on the PC for as long as possible. Also, even though it is not confirmed the virus may extract certain information, such as:
- The user’s IP address.
- User’s necessary files.
- Name, Location.
- Private information (Passwords, Financial Credentials).
Cyber-criminals have always used torrent engines to spread malware, and most likely take advantage of infected cracks or key generators for software. This is very common because more and more people are relying daily on software from torrent engines.
Removing Gangnamgame.net Virus
Since this virus is frequently reported to make anti-malware programs ineffective, it is important to use unconventional methods for its removal. This is why you should boot your PC up in safe mode. For more information on how to boot in safe mode check the guide below.
Since this virus affects the registry, security engineers advise users to do the following in the Windows Registry Editor:
1)Press Windows Logo Button + R
2)Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
3) Begin checking all of the registry keys (You will see them on the left. For example in the key acrotext.exe, look for entries in it with the value (on the right side), called svchost.exe. You should repeat the same process with all of the registry keys and hopefully get rid of them.
After the registry clean-up is completed, you should download a particular anti-malware program from a safe computer and install it on yours while offline. It should be either with the latest update definitions or an offline installer. If it isn’t, you should turn on the internet connection to let it update while closing any other third-party applications, like your web browser, for example.
Step 1: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Gangnamgame.net.
Removing Gangnamgame.net from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing Gangnamgame.net from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Gangnamgame.net.
Step 2: Remove Gangnamgame.net automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Gangnamgame.net associated objects.
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