Have you encountered a website called PressGamer(.)com? If you have visited this website and interacted with it, be alert, since you may have downloaded ad-supported software onto your system. The website may seem like a gamers’ page but in fact the company behind it appears to be a marketing one. Keep reading to make sure your computer and personal information hasn’t been compromised.
|Type||Browser Redirect, Add-Supported Program|
|Short Description||PressGamer(.)com may seem like a website and service for online games but appears to be an online marketing platform.|
|Symptoms||The user may be redirected to pages with online surveys; as a result, targeted ads may appear in his browser.|
|Distribution Method||Not clear yet.|
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Note! If you have submitted your personal information (email address, credit card number, etc) on any of the pages associated with PressGamer, you should consider changing your accounts’ passwords and scanning your system via AV software. When it comes to suspicious online marketers and ad-supported programs, precaution is the best measure.
PressGamer Description. Why Is It Suspicious?
The very first thing we noticed during our research is that the website has nothing to do with online or any games. Clicking on the “Download & View Exclusive Offers” button on the page will download an .exe file – PressGamer_SetUp.exe. However, instead of downloading a games application, we were redirected to a survey page:
Instead of an application, a page with various other surveys was loaded in the browser:
What we noticed is that all of the surveys displayed to us were about health issues – depression, diabetes, heart-related problems. What we suspect is that the answers given by users may be later used in aggressive advertisement campaigns. Serving pharmaceutical advertisements will be much better targeted if based on the actual health condition of the user.
Once we answered to all of the questions concerning Internet Explorer, we were displayed the following page:
What happened after we clicked on the “Click Here to Claim Now” green button? We were redirected to this page, prompting us to sign up and leave our email address:
Even though none of the above activities are directly malicious to the system, you may still be prone to dangers associated with online scams and the abuse of your personal information. Online surveys of the kind shown above (claiming that you are a winner, etc.) are typically deployed by third parties in their attempt to acquire sensitive user data. Once acquired, harvested user data can be used in various ways. It can be shared with affiliate partners, or sold to them. What marketing affiliates are usually after is the display of targeted advertisements, and respectively, pay-per-click profit.
Of course, other scenarios related to malware actors are also quite possible. Being redirected to unknown websites from pages such as PressGamer and their affiliates hides other risks, too.
For one, drive-by downloads are associated with most dangerous malware pieces such as spyware and ransomware infections. The persistent browser hijacking and ad-supported applications that may compromise all of your browsers shouldn’t be skipped, either. That being said, the display of advertisements brought by PressGamer and their affiliates is also a possible outcome.
Information Press Gamer collects include:
- Email address, name, address, phone number, birth date;
- If participating in offers by Press Gamer, additional information is collected such as payment information, credit information, social security number, health information, personal preferences;
- Information such as IP addresses is also collected.
Keep in mind that any information collected by PressGamer will be shared with their third party and affiliate partners:
We will share your personal information with third parties, including but not limited to our advertisers, BigRewards.com, ShoppingBag.com and HotSurveys.com (collectively Media Network, Inc.) for any reason we choose, including without limitation for the following purposes: (1) to operate our Program (including the transfer of the information to advertisers or to third parties who maintain on our behalf a list of persons having registered with our Program), (2) to permit advertisers or other third parties to use your Information for any purpose such as contacting you by email, phone, text message, U.S. mail or any other means of communication for any purpose, (3) to confirm you have completed all of the necessary steps to receive your gift, and (4) as we are required to do by law, including to notify the IRS that you received your gift. As a result, we will transfer your Information to third parties whose privacy policies and practices are beyond our control.
How Can I Remove PressGamer(.)com and Related Ads and Services?
Even though no direct malicious activities were detected during our research of PressGamer, it may be better to navigate away from their services. Why would you want to do so? First, to protect your personal information from being collected, shared and sold to interested parties. Second, to spare your browsers from ad-supported browser extensions and aggressive advertisements.
If it’s too late and your browsers have already been targeted by PressGamer and their affiliates’ ads and products, have a look at the removal manual below. Don’t forget to install and run a strong anti-malware program that will warn your before anything access and damages your computer.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PressGamer(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PressGamer(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PressGamer(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PressGamer(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PressGamer(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PressGamer(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PressGamer(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove PressGamer(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PressGamer(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall PressGamer(.)com and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by PressGamer(.)com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by PressGamer(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PressGamer(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PressGamer(.)com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove PressGamer(.)com via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove PressGamer(.)com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PressGamer(.)com, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove PressGamer(.)com from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase PressGamer(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall PressGamer(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove PressGamer(.)com from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the PressGamer(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate PressGamer(.)com from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.