How to remove (uninstall) Goodluckdog.space

Do you see aggressive banners on your favorite websites, marked as “pop-ups by Goodluckdog.space”? Have you noticed the presence of Goodluckdog.space somewhere else on the computer? If anything like that occurred in later days – your PC is infested with an advertising program, and our guide was written to assist you in uninstalling it.

Goodluckdog.space

What is Goodluckdog.space

Immediately after the infestation, Goodluckdog.space modifies the properties of the browsers. That's its most important goal, as the head role in this scheme is given to the “search engine” which appears in your browser as soon as you install Goodluckdog.space. So, Goodluckdog.space removes your pre-set homepage and your favorite search and puts the unreliable webpage instead of them. After that you can't use the reputable Bing, Google, Yahoo or another search you prefer – you’ll browse the Net through the low-quality scammers' tool that gives away wrong pages pop-ups ads and other stuff like that. The virus also alters the settings of browser icons in a way that in case you restore the default controls, you will automatically open the scammers’ search engine in a first tab.

If you've already struggled to erase the virus, you could realize that it recovers, no matter the number of times you eliminated it. It occurs thanks to the Goodluckdog.space's protective mechanisms, and we can unriddle to you their essence:

  • The most regular method of security is to make a system task on the reinstallation of the virus after its elimination. System tasks are not often utilized by common computer users, so Goodluckdog.space just develops a task to confirm if it is running, and if it isn't – to download and install it again. That task is being executed every time you turn on the PC, and thanks to it Goodluckdog.space is so hard to remove.
  • The second manner is similar to the previous one, but it employs the OS's registry and not the system tasks. Fraudsters create a specific string to system's registry and you should find and erase it, which is a bit difficult. All other registry entries are highly important, and by deleting any of them, you may inflict serious injury to the OS.

The utility that distributes banners is called Goodluckdog.space, and it is adware. It’s a kind of software that can't do anything helpful, as it was made to do one thing: to drive you crazy. Well, the driving-crazy activity is not its real task, but it’s freely achieved while the virus does its job – displays ads. Immediately after the penetration, it modifies the controls of the browser and displays you lots of links, ensuring that you will see some of them. Adware owners get some tiny amount of money for each click you're making, and now you realize why the links are being displayed again and again: it’s a honeypot. In the following paragraphs, we will explain how adware got onto the workstation and how it can be protected against such viruses. In case you know everything that you need on that topic and just want to get rid of Goodluckdog.space ASAP – skip the following sections and look at the removal guide.

 

How Goodluckdog.space got into the system

To simplify everything, we will picture the process in total. Most of the advertising viruses are each other's replicas, replicated many times and sold to various hackers with minor changes made. Some bad lads bought this one from the Dark Web, set it up and uploaded it to file-exchanging services all over the Internet. That’s where you picked it up, right? Wait, you're saying that you didn’t search for adware that will annoy you? Possibly, you needed a perfect method to endanger your PC, and found a useful link to Goodluckdog.space download? Missed again? Okay, in that case, it was some tool that is actually useful. Some free utility created by a not-so-famous developer, or a hacked replica of some paid software you aren't going to purchase.

The method is called “sponsored installation”, and its essence is that fraudsters combine the installation files of a few dangerous programs and one helpful software to create one "bundle". The essential peculiarity of the package is that its name is the name of a helpful tool, and you don’t know its content before it's too late. On some of the steps, they display a proposal to get extra tools, with all checkmarks placed and the natural desire is to install them and proceed. We suppose that you proceeded, if you're reading our article. It could be a little different: they might have done this through the “manners of installation”. It's pretty simple: the veteran installation technique is literally a manual choice of where you need this software to be installed, which additional modules do you want, and which ones are pointless. In case of Goodluckdog.space, choosing the easy installation means that you admit all the trash from the bundle into the system.

Methods to remove Goodluckdog.space

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Goodluckdog.space manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Goodluckdog.space from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

At this moment you know what Goodluckdog.space is, and you see in which way it infected the PC. We’ve explained almost everything, apart from the highly significant thing: how to delete Goodluckdog.space. Here we go. You can delete Goodluckdog.space by following these simple manners. The first one is what you have already tried to perform – elimination in manual mode. There's a proper manner to perform it, and under this paragraph, you will find the guide on by-hand elimination. Its only flaw is that you cannot remove lots of advertising tools through it since it'll take many hours to do. It's better to try the easier technique: you might totally delete Goodluckdog.space in five minutes via Spyhunter anti-viral program. This utility has many pros, and among them are extended signature database, rapid deletion, the compatibility with other antiviral programs and 24/7 customer support. It's time to stop attempting to guard the system through free software – switch to the decent antivirus. Click the button under this paragraph to scan the hard drive with the unpaid version with limited possibilities.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Goodluckdog.space" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Goodluckdog.space from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Goodluckdog.space

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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