What is GoGameGo?

Our security analysts have tested a browser extension called GoGameGo and have come to the conclusion that it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that you ought to remove. In this description, we will cover this program’s origins and distribution methods, functionality and what potential threats it can pose to your computer’s security. In general, potentially unwanted programs pose no threat, but this particular program comes with a search engine that is set as the default homepage and promotes commercial content via its search results. Thus, you may be exposed to untrustworthy websites that feature downloads of shady software. Please continue reading to find out more.testtesttest

Where does GoGameGo come from?

There is little to no information about this program’s origins. The company that developed this application is called Ask Partner Network (APN, LLC,) a company known for developing unreliable software. However, this PUP is distributed by a company called The Whiz, Ltd, a largely unknown company whose legitimacy has yet to be verified. Now, our researchers have found that this program is currently being distributed on a website called Gogamego.thewhizproducts.com, and it can be downloaded only if you use Google Chrome. As far as we know, it used to work on Mozilla Firefox, but now it does not support it.

Now let us talk demographics. Tests have shown that this application is very popular in India with 21.4 % of all visits, followed by the United States with 10.1 %, Pakistan with 9 %, Algeria 8.7 %, and Thailand with 3.3 %. The numbers show that GoGameGo is popular in very different regions that include the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and the American continent. This success must be attributed to this program’s advertising campaign because information about it does not get passed via viva voce. Our researchers have found that this browser extension is promoted via pop-up ads presented by adware-type applications. The information above shows that this program, although not malicious, is still quite unreliable since it comes from an unreliable developer and is promoted using adware. Now, let us take a look at how this browser extension works.

What does GoGameGo do?

This program is supposed to give you access to various games, but in reality, it just provides you with links that redirect you to its promoted websites. So this program does not grant you any special privileges. Therefore, we regard this program’s official functionality as useless. However, that is not all; GoGameGo will also let you listen to music via Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadion, Tunein. Again, it does not give you any special privileges, but the links are there to give you the impression that this program and its search engine are actually useful. In reality, however, this program’s true purpose is to generate income from online advertising supplied by its modified Mysearch.com search engine.

Once you install this extension, it will automatically change your browser’s homepage/new tab page to Mysearch.com. While this search engine can be used to search for information online we regard it as useless, because its search results are modified to include promotional links. These links come from Ask Partner Network’s “partners” so we do hold them in high regard. Unfortunately, there is a chance of your computer becoming infected with malware if you accidentally click one of its ads and it turns out to be malicious. Therefore, we are certain that it is in your best interest to remove GoGameGo just to be on the safe side.

How do I remove GoGameGo?

If you have decided to delete GoGameGo, then there are two ways you can approach this. Our tests have shown that in most cases you should be able to get rid of it by going to Chrome’s list of extensions and uninstalling it. However, if this does not, then you can opt for our alternative removal method provided at the bottom. Also, we recommend that you scan your computer for malware since this program is promoted via adware.

Remove this extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch the web browser.
  2. Simultaneously press the Alt+F keys.
  3. Select More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Remove the unwanted extension.

Delete this extension’s files manually

  1. Simultaneously press Windows+E keys.
  2. In the resulting window’s address box type in the following directories.
    • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
    • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
    • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE ID%\Extensions
    • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\%PROFILE ID%\Extensions
  3. Find and delete the file named fifkdcigeenjmecnjjcaknegfhlecbma
  4. Go to %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage
  5. Delete files named chrome-extension_fifkdcigeenjmecnjjcaknegfhlecbma_0.localstorage and chrome-extension_fifkdcigeenjmecnjjcaknegfhlecbma_0.localstorage-journal
  6. Then, go to %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  7. Find and open files named Preferences and Secure Preferences using Notepad.
  8. Delete a string named fifkdcigeenjmecnjjcaknegfhlecbma or GoGameGo.
  9. Done.
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