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Danger level 6
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission

Gooternet

Whenever you are tempted to download a new program onto your computer, download it from official websites only. Indulging in freeware downloads via third-party file hosting webpages results in having the likes of Gooternet on your PC. It is an adware application that promises to help you “view the internet like never before,” but the problem is that such programs seldom (if never) live up to their promises. Thus, you need to remove Gooternet from your computer to ensure that your system is safe and clean. Adware programs are often associated with various computer security issues, and you should not risk it.

You might say that you do not remember installing Gooternet onto your PC, but this is where the bundled downloads come into a picture. As we have mentioned above, Gooternet and other similar programs usually come along with an entire list of freeware applications. Sure it does have an official page at gooternet.net, but the direct download link there is dead. The same applies to all the other adware applications from SuperWeb family, including TopicTorch, NetTock Virus, Caramava Ads, etc. They try to make an impression that they are useful browser add-ons, while in reality they are nothing but intrusive adware applications.

Now that we have established that users are the ones who download and install Gooternet onto their computers, we have to see what it is that this program does. For starters, Gooternet affects Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers by adding new extensions. The program is not compatible with Google Chrome web browser, but it does not mean that you can breathe a sigh of relief if you use Google Chrome as your default browser – the program still enters your system!

Gooternet also collects data on what websites you frequent and what you search for online. This information is used to generate a flow of custom commercial advertisements at you. You can see these advertisements whenever you access online shopping malls, such as BestBuy, Amazon or eBay. The list of online shopping sites that Gooternet supports is endless, so you will be always exposed to third-party ads if you allow the program to remain on your PC.

Surely enough, adware programs are not direct computer security threats. They are not viruses, and they do not cause great harm by themselves. But you should also consider the fact that cybercriminals can easily exploit Gooternet and embed their own links into the ads. Thus, clicking them would redirect you to potentially malicious websites.

In order to avoid any potential security threats, you have to uninstall Gooternet right now. After manual removal, be sure to scan your system with a licensed antispyware tool in search for a list of other unwanted and potentially dangerous programs. Do not hesitate to invest in a legitimate antimalware application if you need to remove more than just one unwanted program automatically. Powerful computer security tool will also help you safeguard your system in the future.

How to uninstall Gooternet

Windows 8

  1. Drag mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Wait for Charm bar to appear and then click Settings.
  3. Open Control panel and go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Highlight Gooternet and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Gooternet.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start menu button and navigate to Control panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall Gooternet.
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How to manually remove Gooternet

Files associated with Gooternet infection:

{4868a868-458c-4b12-a31e-7a010dc9f974}Gw.sys
gooternet.BrowserAdapter.exe
gooternetbho.dll
{4868a868-458c-4b12-a31e-7a010dc9f974}Gw64.sys
utilgooternet.exe
{4868a868-458c-4b12-a31e-7a010dc9f974}Gt.sys
updategooternet.exe

Gooternet DLL's to remove:

gooternetbho.dll

Gooternet processes to kill:

gooternet.BrowserAdapter.exe
utilgooternet.exe
updategooternet.exe
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