Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get Rid of Gameharbor.org that Pops up At Startup and Destroys System Restore! Help!

remove gameharbor.org


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  • Nightmare of getting gameharbor.org.
  • FAQ about gameharbor.org
a. how do I get gameharbor.org?
b. is gameharbor.org virus?
c. should I be concerned?
  • Steps yo remove gameharbor.org.
  • Final


Game players are prone to run into the problems that gameharbor.org crowded with ads on other games opens itself up without asking for permission at each start of a machine. What’s worse, along with the hijacking problem, cmd window would also popup at the start up to do just nothing! Tried system restore but failure is what you got? Let’s just figure out what’s going on and get the most efficient way and get you out the there.
Taken over by Gameharbor.org

Getting gameharbor.org hijacker can be a nightmare:
  • Default homepage, web search, new tab, search results are hijacked by gameharbor.org without consent; 
  • Page loading speed is sliced down significantly, so is overall computer performance;
  • Unrelated search results and popup ads are often seen when surfing the Internet, most of them are related to online games and some in unknown languages;
  • Strange add-ons like toolbars are installed somehow without permission.


FAQ: how do I get gameharbor.org?


Actually, gameharbor.org share the same dissemination routine with other hijackers like lab.trovi.com. But the most popular way is to exploit vulnerability on web apps; the second most popular way is to installs with freeware and shareware. So one needs to always run security utility to find if there any vulnerability and error problem; give priority to custom installation.



FAQ: is gameharbor.org virus?


Gameharbor.org is no more than a hijacker, and can be categorized as PUP in the worst case. What gameharbor.org wants is to promote the games and have more players download games from its platform so that gameharbor.org gets money. By adding modifications to the BHO computing technique, gameharbor.org manages to hijack a browser when being connected/accessed and pushes aggressive promotion. Without virulent attribute code, it is not technically a virus and will not be removed by installed security utilities.



FAQ: should I be concerned?


This cannot be more positive. Though gameharbor.org is not a virus, it is quite dangerous to have the website haunting around. We are seeing ads everyday, some of them are efficient while some are on the opposite. To deliver the targeted ads to the target client, advertisers/online operators needs BHO technique that could collect information from cookies to deliver “the wanted ads”, and thus they would pay gameharbor.org to release ads.

Money is not the enemy for gameharbor.org, so it’ll take every job for paying operators no matter it is “rogue” or real. Thus virus makers would often pay such program to spread its “toxin seeds” without causing people’s alert; or some virus makers just attack such program to capitalize BHO technique and steal personal information including log-in credentials, password, etc..



Get Rid of Gameharbor.org without Anti-virus Program


A – end the services related to gameharbor.org.

Windows7/vista/XP
Win+R key combination > Run box > type “services.msc” > Enter key > double click on suspicious service > check “path to executable” > end/remove the ones with “path to executable” directing to gameharbor.org.

Windows 8
Windows Explorer > Administrative Tools > Service icon > double click on suspicious service > check “path to executable” > end/remove the ones with “path to executable” directing to gameharbor.org.




B – remove the extensions associated with gameharbor.org.


Tools menu >“Manage add-ons” >‘Toolbars and Extensions’> check the creation day of extensions there > remove the ones created on or after gameharbor.org appeared >‘Search Providers’ > remove the ones created on or after gameharbor.org appeared.


Tools menu >“Options” >‘Add-ons’ > check the creation day of extensions by clicking on “More info” > remove the ones created on or after gameharbor.org appeared >‘plugins’ > remove the ones created on or after gameharbor.org appeared.


Spanner icon > Tools > extensions > remove the ones created on or after gameharbor.org appeared.

 
Menu > Extensions >“Manage Extensions” > remove the ones created on or after gameharbor.org appeared.




C - Show hidden files and folders to remove Temp file and the ones related to gameharbor.org.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
‘Control Panel’ > 'user accounts and family safety' > 'Folder Options’ > View tab > tick ‘Show hidden files and folders' and non-tick 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ > ‘OK’.

Windows 8
Start screen > Windows Explorer > View tab > tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options > OK button.

a.when done, remove the given items:
C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Temp\
C:\WINDOWS\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File

b. navigate to the following directories and remove the items generated on and after the date when gameharbor.org appeared:
C:\Windows
%SystemDriver%\
C:\Program Files\
C:\windows\system32\
C:\users\user\appdata\local\
C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\
c:\users\[username]\appdata\locallow\



D.Remove gameharbor.org's startup items.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
Start Menu > select ‘Run’> type ‘MSCONFIG’> tap Startup tab > find the start up item related to gameharbor.org > press ‘Disable all’.

Windows 8
Start screen > type ‘Task’ > tap Startup tab > find the items related to gameharbor.org > press ‘Disable’.


Normally speaking, gameharbor.org will not cause failing System Restore, some malware must have got in your system through lame gameharbor.org. One should figure out what it is by anti-virus programs or online professionals from Global PC Support Center. Be noted that if one unfortunately gets additional virus, it is highly recommended to clean up your machine all in once so that gameharbor.org won’t be introduced back in.

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