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A website, called Gangnamgame(.)net has been observed to modify file on affected computer. The computer virus is deemed malicious and it has additions that enble it to stop antivirus software from starting up. Users that have been affected by the cyber threat reported that on system boot up the malicious threat is executing a script in the Windows Command Prompt that might change some system settings and make the software way more difficult to be uninstalled.

NameGangnamgame Virus
TypeVirus
Short DescriptionGangnamgame may stop antivirus software and may collect credentials as well as download malicious files.
SymptomsMay rename antivirus .exe files with “xxx” name on them and delete or relocate their shortcuts. Command prompt is reported to run and close on system startup.
Distribution MethodVia patches, cracks or keygens uploaded in torrent sites. May be the aftereffect of unsafe browsing, opening corrupted mail attachments, drive-by downloads and malicious applications.
Detection toolDownload Advanced anti-malware tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Gangnamgame Virus
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss Gangnamgame Virus.

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The Gangnamgame Virus – How Did I Become Infected?

The main method of distribution used by Gangnamgame(.)net may be a redirect to the malicious site that may have the potential to inject malicious script to the victim PC. The origin of this may be if the user clicked on an online banner believing it is trustworthy or simply visiting an unfamiliar site. Another cause may be having a PUP that may be causing browser redirects to malicious sites on request.

Furthermore, users may also get infected via a malicious mail attachments of the following file formats:

.cfg; .dll; .tmp; .bat; .exe; .docx; .pdf; .pptx

Usually spam mails may resemble a reputable service or company such as PayPal, Windows, Apple and others.

Also, users have reported that torrents containing the name “Brick” downloaded on their computers contained malware. What is more, there was also another program, associated with a game patch/crack, known as 3DMGAME-MGSV that is reported to be malicious. This dangerous patch has been associated with the latest release of Metal Gear Solid. Bottom line is that you should always scan downloaded torrents with an anti-malware software or upload the files to VirusTotal.

Gangnamgame Virus – What Does It Do?

Once activated on the computer, the virus may create various files on the PC and similarly to ransomware such as CryptoWall, rename the antivirus program executables with an “xxx” name. Users have reported that they failed fixing them by trying to change the “xxx” back to the original name.

Furthermore, the program may set Gangnamgame(.)net as a homepage of the user`s browser and change other settings of the computer that may make it more difficult to remove and conceal the virus further. The web domain itself is connected in a way with the one of the most popular FPS games, called Counter-Strike, more specifically with its latest installment Global Offensive. The site itself is not encrypted and uses cookies that may collect certain user information.

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With time, it was established that this particular virus may have modified data in the following registry entries or created new values in them:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

These entries may allow its payload to run every time you restart or turn on your device. Furthermore, the threat has been reported by malware researchers to have displayed advertisements of different forms and collect user information. The threat may also affect negatively the svchost.exe process in Windows Task Manager.

There are several other after effects of having Gangnamgame(.)net virus on your PC. The cyber threat might block anti-malware software from running in order to stay present for longer.

Also, it may or may not extract different information, for example:

  • IP address.
  • Necessary files.
  • Name.
  • Location.
  • Sensitive information (Passwords, Financial Credentials).

Removing Gangnamgame(.)net Fully

Before you remove the Gangnamgame(.)net threat it is advisable to use unconventional methods since it has the ability to stop any antivirus software from running. In case you have it, chances are your antivirus may have also been turned ineffective. This is why it is advisable to use “Safe Mode with Networking” that will disable all third-party applications from running. After that you should use the following instructions:

Since this virus may affect Windows Registries, security experts advise users to check and clean the Registry Editor using these instructions:

1)Press Windows Logo Button + R

2)Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options

3) Start by checking all of the registry keys and values and the data in them. You will see the keys on the left side and the values on the right. Begin by checking the “(Default)” value and then work your way with the others. In case you see data containing processes such as svchost.exe which are not the original Windows processes, you should act towards removing these values and the processes with them.

Since manual removal may not have the best outcome, because there may be more the two or three registry values it is recommended to use a registry clean up tool in combination with an anti-malware software. Some anti-malware programs have registry cleaning embedded. By having such programs you also increase the overall protection level of your computer in the future.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Gangnamgame Virus

1. Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

1. For Windows 7,XP and Vista. 2. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

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.

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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.

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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

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While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu

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Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.

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Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.

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Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.

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Step 6: Click on Restart.
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Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

2. Remove Gangnamgame Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

2. Remove Gangnamgame Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Gangnamgame Virus.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Gangnamgame Virus.
Step 1:Click on the “Download” button to proceed to SpyHunter’s download page.

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It is highly recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.

Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Gangnamgame Virus files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

3. Remove Gangnamgame Virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

3. Remove Gangnamgame Virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Gangnamgame Virus. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Gangnamgame Virus associated files automatically.
Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

4. Remove Gangnamgame Virus with STOPZilla AntiMalware

4. Remove Gangnamgame Virus with STOPZilla AntiMalware

1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove Gangnamgame Virus. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Gangnamgame Virus associated files completely.
Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

5. Back up your data to secure it against infections by Gangnamgame Virus in the future

5. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Gangnamgame Virus (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Gangnamgame Virus.
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1-Press Windows button + R
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2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Gangnamgame Virus.

1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Gangnamgame Virus is on.
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Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Gangnamgame Virus should be restored.

NOTE! Substantial notification about the Gangnamgame Virus threat: Manual removal of Gangnamgame Virus 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.
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Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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