Are your browser’s start page, search provider by default or newtab overridden and when you try to open your search engine, you’re automatically rerouted to the NetGaming Search? Then that’s a clear sign that hijackware (also known as browser hijacker) was installed on your computer. It’s a type of software that is created to modify some settings of internet browsers. To delete the browser hijacker you need to clean your web browser from any addons you have recently installed on your computer and perform a scan using a trustworthy anti-malware or antivirus program.
Except that the NetGaming Search makes changes to browser’s startpage and new tab, it also modifies your search provider, which leads to the fact that use of the web browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of a ton of ads, links to undesired and ad web-sites and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search engines like Google or Bing.
It is not a good idea to have an undesired program like NetGaming Search browser hijacker on your PC system. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you do not know about. The hijacker can gather lots of personal info about you that can be later sold to third parties. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any ads on the NetGaming Search web-site.
A malware which can make changes to certain settings of installed internet browsers on NetGaming Search commonly affects only Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The NetGaming Search hijacker can alter the Target property of web browser’s shortcuts, so every time you start the web browser, instead of your startpage, you will see a completely different web site.
To find out how to remove NetGaming Search start page, we recommend to read the tutorial added to this blog post below. The guidance was developed by experienced security professionals who discovered a method to delete the annoying NetGaming Search browser hijacker infection out of the PC system.
How to remove NetGaming Search redirect
The following instructions will help you to delete NetGaming Search from the Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Moreover, the steps below will help you to get rid of malicious software such as PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software and toolbars that your computer may be infected. Please do the tutorial step by step. If you need help or have any questions, then ask for our assistance or type a comment below. Certain of the steps will require you to reboot your PC or close this web page. So, read this guidance carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove NetGaming Search, follow the steps below:
- Get rid of NetGaming Search start page without any utilities
- NetGaming Search homepage automatic removal
- Stop NetGaming Search redirect and other intrusive web-pages
- How can you prevent your computer from the attack of NetGaming Search browser hijacker infection
- To sum up
Get rid of NetGaming Search start page without any utilities
Read this section to know how to manually remove the NetGaming Search hijacker. Even if the step by step guidance does not work for you, there are several free malicious software removers below which can easily handle such browser hijackers.
Remove NetGaming Search related software through the Control Panel of your PC
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of undesired advertisements or web-browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed on the screen below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as displayed on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your system. Most probably, one of them is the browser hijacker infection which cause NetGaming Search page to appear. If you’ve many applications installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the following example.
You will see a list of software installed on your personal computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely, it is the browser hijacker which developed to redirect your internet browser to the NetGaming Search page. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as on the image below.
Remove NetGaming Search from Firefox
Resetting your Firefox is good initial troubleshooting step for any issues with your internet browser program, including the redirect to NetGaming Search web page.
First, open the Mozilla Firefox and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker which cause NetGaming Search web site to appear. Once, it’s complete, press the “Finish” button.
Remove NetGaming Search homepage from Google Chrome
Use the Reset web-browser utility of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings like startpage, newtab and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of web browser hijacks like NetGaming Search.
- First, start the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of NetGaming Search redirect from Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer web-browser settings such as search engine, startpage and newtab having been hijacked, then you may restore your settings, via the reset browser process.
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as displayed on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown in the following example. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect.
Fix affected web-browsers shortcuts to remove NetGaming Search
When the browser hijacker is started, it can also alter the web-browser’s shortcut files, adding an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the browser, it will open an intrusive web-page.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your hijacked web browser. Select the “Properties” option. It will show the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser hijacker that causes web-browsers to open unwanted NetGaming Search web-site can replace it. If you are seeing something similar to “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as displayed below.
Once is done, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
NetGaming Search homepage automatic removal
The hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and get rid of completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker infection again infect your PC and modify settings of web browsers to NetGaming Search. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove hijacker infection manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best way to scan for and remove hijackers is to run free malware removal applications.
Automatically remove NetGaming Search redirect with Zemana
You can get rid of NetGaming Search redirect automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM). We recommend this malicious software removal tool because it can easily get rid of hijacker infections, PUPs, adware and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Now you can set up and run Zemana to get rid of NetGaming Search homepage from your browser by following the steps below:
Visit the following page to download Zemana AntiMalware installation package called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your PC. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
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Update: July 16, 2019
Start the installation package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your personal computer.
During setup you can change certain settings, but we advise you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is complete, this malicious software removal tool will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti Malware tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to NetGaming Search. This procedure may take quite a while, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you may see number of objects and files has already scanned.
Once finished, Zemana Free will prepare a list of undesired and adware. When you are ready, click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will get rid of hijacker which cause NetGaming Search web-site to appear and move items to the program’s quarantine. After disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your system to make the change take effect.
Delete NetGaming Search home page from web-browsers with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is a free removal utility that can be downloaded and run to remove hijacker infections, adware, malware, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your computer. You can use this tool to look for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download Hitman Pro on your computer by clicking on the following link.
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Update: June 28, 2018
After the download is complete, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the Hitman Pro icon. It will launch the HitmanPro tool. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to run the application, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Next” to detect hijacker infection related to NetGaming Search . Depending on your machine, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan HitmanPro will scan for threats exist on your system.
As the scanning ends, Hitman Pro will open a list of found items as on the image below.
You may remove items (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Next” button. It will display a dialog box, press the “Activate free license” button. The HitmanPro will remove browser hijacker that developed to redirect your web browser to the NetGaming Search page and move items to the program’s quarantine. After finished, the utility may ask you to restart your system.
Use Malwarebytes to remove NetGaming Search startpage
Manual NetGaming Search removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker may be not completely removed. We recommend that run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer of browser hijacker. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malicious software, PUPs, ad supported software and toolbars that your machine can be infected too.
Installing the MalwareBytes is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware on your machine by clicking on the link below.
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Update: April 15, 2020
When the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to detect browser hijacker that responsible for browser redirect to the intrusive NetGaming Search web-page. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes Anti Malware is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
After the scan get completed, MalwareBytes will open a list of found items. Once you’ve selected what you want to remove from your PC click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove browser hijacker responsible for redirects to NetGaming Search and move threats to the program’s quarantine. Once finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video explains step-by-step guidance on how to get rid of hijacker, adware and other malware with MalwareBytes Free.
Stop NetGaming Search redirect and other intrusive web-pages
It is important to use ad blocker software like AdGuard to protect your machine from malicious web pages. Most security experts says that it’s okay to stop advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop NetGaming Search and other intrusive pages.
- Please go to the link below to download the latest version of AdGuard for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- When the downloading process is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block advertisements, web-pages such as NetGaming Search, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon called AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent your computer from the attack of NetGaming Search browser hijacker infection
To sum up
After completing the step-by-step guide above, your computer should be clean from NetGaming Search browser hijacker and other browser’s malicious extensions and other malware. The IE, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will no longer show intrusive NetGaming Search site on startup. Unfortunately, if the step by step tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.