What is Giant Galaxy?
According to the developers, Giant Galaxy enhances the Internet browsing experience by enabling features such as comparison shopping and display of coupons - "We're passionate about improving web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We've combined all of our great ideas into the Giant Galaxy product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!"
The promised features are attempts to trick users into believing that this application is legitimate and useful, however, be aware that Giant Galaxy is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are a number of reasons for these negative associations.
Firstly, Giant Galaxy stealthily installs on computers without users' permission. Furthermore, this application generates various types of intrusive online ads and collects information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.
This adware employs a virtual layer to display graphical content, which does not originate from the visited website. Occasionally, ads will pop-up as new browser tabs/windows. The types of displayed ads include banner, search, transitional, interstitial, full-page, and coupon.
These advertisements diminish the Internet browsing experience and also redirect to websites that might contain infectious content. Therefore, clicking them can result in high-risk computer infections. Giant Galaxy collects various software and hardware information that might be personally identifiable.
IP addresses, websites visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, unique identifier numbers, and geographic locations are just some examples of information types gathered.
These collected details are later shared with third parties and potentially misused, thus causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Giant Galaxy is a threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety and should be uninstalled immediately.
Giant Galaxy is identical to hundreds of other PUPs developed by SuperWeb LLC who release identical browser plug-ins under different names in an attempt to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Fresh Outlook, SquareTrace, Sale Clipper, and Jungle Net are all identical to Giant Galaxy and promise the same features.
In fact, none provide any real value for the user - this adware is designed simply to generate revenue for the developers. These apps use the 'Pay Per Click' (PPC) advertising model to display adverts - when users clicks ads, the developers receives specific payments. Furthermore, collected information is shared with third parties, which is another means to generate revenue.
How did Giant Galaxy install on my computer?
Giant Galaxy is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party applications (usually rogue) with regular (often free) software. Many users do not express enough caution when downloading/installing free software, and thus, this method is extremely effective.
Users often rush the download/installation procedures and skip them, thereby inadvertently installing PUPs such as Giant Galaxy (usually hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options).
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Some freeware download websites provide direct download links. These should be used in preference to any promoted download managers. You may be forced to use a download manager to supposedly 'simplify the download procedure'.
Bear in mind that these are used to monetize download websites' traffic and free services (or the free software itself) by distributing third party apps. For this reason, never skip any steps of the software download procedure and opt-out of any unrecognized apps included.
Note that the most trustworthy download source is the official website of the software. Finally, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options when installing downloaded software - this will reveal any concealed programs listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
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- What is Giant Galaxy?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Giant Galaxy application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Giant Galaxy adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Giant Galaxy ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Giant Galaxy' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Giant Galaxy ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Giant Galaxy adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Giant Galaxy", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Giant Galaxy ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Giant Galaxy adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Giant Galaxy", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the giants galaxy adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Giant Galaxy", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the giants galaxy adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Giant Galaxy".
Computer users who have problems with giants galaxy adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the giants galaxy adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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