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I wrote this article to help you remove NetGaming Search. This NetGaming Search removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

NetGaming Search pretends to be a useful application for gamers. In reality, though, this program is a browser hijacker. Having it on board is bad news as it is neither helpful nor safe. This is why we strongly recommend that you take actions against it the second you notice it. How to know you are infected? This is actually easy. If you open one of your previously reliable browsers one day and your homepage and search engine have both been replaced, then there is no doubt that you are dealing with a pest.

The hijacker changes your homepage to NetGaming Search and your search engine to http://eanswers.com. These modifications get maid without any kind of permission of yours. You are not even informed of the changes that are being implemented. The hijacker is able to make reshuffles in your browsers` setting without your approval. This is why it is called a hijacker. It basically hijacks your browsers. All of them. You don’t even have a single reliable one to use. Every time you go online, you are forced to use http://eanswers.com. Also, you are not able to reverse the changes. You are stuck with them.

This is how you know that NetGaming Search is in your system. It may enter in secret but once in, you cannot miss its presence. Take the changes on your homepage and search engine as the warning they are and, heed it. Start looking for the hiding place of the hijacker immediately and delete it as soon as you find it. Nothing good will come out of keeping the pest on board. All it does is to destroy your online activities and expose you to constant malware risk. Due to your new search engine, the search results you see are not to be trusted. Most of them are corrupted and they either lead to sites that are full of malware or they conceal malware themselves. Either way, a single click is more than enough for you to compromise your PC even more by inviting more parasites.

Keep in mind that your machine is already suffering due to this single hijacker. Its speed slows down to a crawl. It lags and crashes often. Your browsers struggle to display content currently. Some of your apps may not work and other take ages to load. If your machine is older, it may even break down completely. Imagine what will happen if you click on the wrong link and get infected with more pest. It won`t be long before your computer becomes completely unusable.

In addition, the hijacker drowns you in a sea of unverified and potentially dangerous ads. Every single page that you load is completely covered with commercials. Even the sites which used to be ad-free are now heavy on banners, coupons, offers, etc. Because of the adware, you cannot surf the web normally and at peace. Get rid of it and everything will get back to normal. Use our removal guide below to help you delete the intruder manually.

How did you get stuck with NetGaming Search? Did you download it on purpose? We don’t think so and yet, it is still in your system. How did it get in? The truth is that the pest tricked you into giving it permission to enter because it cannot get in without it. It did so with the help of tricky tactics like spam emails, fake updates, malicious attachments, freeware bundles, unverified sources, corrupted links and torrents, etc. The only way to protect your PC is to be vigilant at all time. None of these techniques are good enough to work without your carelessness. Don’t provide it. Do your due diligence. If you don’t keep your computer safe, no one else will either.

NetGaming Search Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove NetGaming Search from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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