- How GoFastPC spreads itself?
a. GoFastPC’s ultimate goal
- Why anti-virus programs won’t detect and remove GoFastPC?
- What are the dangers from GoFastPC?
- Get the helpful instruction on removing GoFastPC
How Did I Get GoFastPC?
Many people hold this question as they somehow got controlled by GoFastPC, a fake anti-virus program, also called rogueware, will not be detected/removed by installed anti-virus program and just keep popping up scary numbers of problems. So where does GoFastPC come from?
Before answering the question, one should learn what its ultimate goal is. GoFastPC pretends to be a computer-friendly tool to help speed up PC performance and cleanse registry errors, all the move is to convince that the computer problems exist and that they are tough and thus make PC users into purchasing its so-called full version. Yes, its ultimate goal is money. To get as much money as possible, there’s shortcut which is to inject its own code onto some popular sites, programs and make advertisers promote it. Below is the list of its dissemination routine:
- GoFastPC would attack bug on loosely programmed websites.
- GoFastPC would bundle with freeware/shareware or even pay the popular site/software with the one and only goal of getting money.
- GoFastPC’s creator manages to make websites resembling to the genuine one and thus trap for visit.
GoFastPC Dodges Security Defense
When GoFastPC is running amuck, why installed anti-virus programs won’t do anything? Nowadays, virus is getting smarter. It no longer uses the vicious attribute code (the one on which anti-virus programs rely to kill infections) to help redirect users to its registration website and triggers its launch at each Windows Start. Instead, it adopts BHO and JS techniques that are slightly modified to help modify DNS settings and redirects; besides, its maker use main-stream language to write a program that pops up ridiculous numbers of the problem you have. By doing so, GoFastPC will not be caught by installed security utilities.
What’s worse, as soon as GoFastPC gets onto a machine, it would write its own date to the end of the physical drive, its running code will be successfully injected into background running processes. Consequently, the machine will take order directly from GoFastPC.
Dangers from GoFastPC
Global PC Support Center would like to inform users that the real harms are from its registration web site. JS technique is simply involved in building web page. It is the very technique that helps you remember your account and password so that you won’t need to bother type them all over again when you mistakenly quit a web page. A good thing can be converted into an evil thing. With slight modifications, the JS technique can be utilized to record any in-put information. That’s to say, your bank account, address, name and other confidential information that is required to register for GoFastPC’s advanced version will be collected to your face and you don’t even know what’s going on. Besides your log-in credentials will be recorded as well when under the control of the fake anti-virus program. Other damages from GoFastPC are:
- Additional items will install on the target machine without permission.
- Additional processes will be caught to run in the background without being ended.
- Random ads would start popping up from nowhere and browser redirect happens.
Follow Instruction to Help Remove GoFastPC
Step1. access DataBase to remove the items related to GoFastPC according to the directory shown.
a. navigate to the following entries respectively to find suspicious key value started with “Run” and delete accordingly.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Startup=”C:\windows\start menu\programs\startup
b.navigate to the following entries to remove related ones and remove GoFastPC's vicious items.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run\random.exe”c. hold Control and F key together to get a Find box, then search for and remove the malicious services found in Step 3.
Step2. end GoFastPC's processes.
Ctrl,+Alt+Delete (Windows 7/XP/Vista) key combination/ Ctrl + Shift + Esc(Windows 8) > Task Manager > View tab > “Select Columns”> “Image Path Name” and PID > see full path name > end the processes referring the location of GoFastPC.
Step3. end GoFastPC's services.
Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > open System Tools > System Information > Software Environment > Running Tasks > see the path for each service on the right pane > remove the ones that do not belong to System and that with the path directing to the GoFastPC's directory.
Step4. uninstall GoFastPC from Control Panel, if any.
Windows 7/Vista/XP - Start menu > Control Panel > “Add/Remove Programs” > uninstall GoFastPC.
Windows 8 - “Unpin” button > ‘Control Panel’ > "Programs and Features" > uninstall GoFastPC.
Step5. open up random folder; search for and remove everything related to GoFastPC.
Before that, it is recommended to show hidden items.
Control panel > user accounts and family safety >Folder Options > view tab > tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ > non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
Windows Explorer > view tab > tick ‘File name extensions’ > tick “hidden items”.
a. Next open up random folder and hit on Search icon, type "GoFastPC" in all the search blanks and hit Enter button so as to remove all the detection.
b. mainly navigate to the following folder and remove the ones reated on the day when GoFastPC was firstly detected.
Please understand that there’s no universal explicit instruction to help remove GoFastPC as the situation (the items dropped by GoFastPC and the directory GoFastPC settles in) can vary from OS to OS. Besides, the fake anti-virus program would camouflage or just override system items to confuse a target machine into executing what is instructed. Without certain level of computer knowledge and virus knowledge, it is hard to remove the vicious ones resembling system items and mistakes like removing the seldom seen system item in the middle of the removal to cause additional problems can happen.
GoFastPC Kit is not a one-solution-fits-all problem as the weak protection caused by the fake anti-virus program would make the affected machine to be attacked and captured easily by infections in the wild. Should there be any other problems occurring, it is recommended to remove as well so as to stop its re-image.