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Giant Galaxy Ads

Posted: June 25, 2015

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 185
First Seen: June 25, 2015
Last Seen: May 17, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Giant Galaxy is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), developed by the notorious company Super Web LLC. It doesn't offer any reliable features and instead tries to take advantage of the client. The PUP works as adware and generates profits for its creators as it redirects you to sponsored pages. To achieve this mission, Giant Galaxy uses a whole arsenal of suspicious mechanisms. This tool attaches itself to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer as a plugin and changes a series of settings. The PUP injects commercial materials as pop-ups, banners and interstitial ads. The unrequested ads may soon become annoying as they can be seen regularly and often hamper the performance. You may also notice changes regarding your homepage and search engine. The tool has access to your browsing history and uses it to display user-relevant ads. Even if they are appealing, you should not follow them as some of the partner sites may host harmful elements. Although it has an official page, Giant Galaxy is most often deployed as a bundle towards freeware. The experts recommend deleting it with an advanced security application to eliminate the risk of infection.

Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\Giant GalaxySoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{4ec1c8fc-9475-4f2d-801f-5990cf65b06d}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{4ec1c8fc-9475-4f2d-801f-5990cf65b06d}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Giant GalaxySYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\eventlog\Application\Update Giant GalaxySYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\eventlog\Application\Util Giant GalaxySYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\eventlog\Application\Update Giant GalaxySYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\eventlog\Application\Util Giant GalaxyHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}Giant Galaxy

Additional Information

The following directories were created:
%PROGRAMFILES%\Giant Galaxy%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Giant Galaxy%Temp%\Giant Galaxy