|Name||Cool Popular Games|
|Short Description||Cool Popular Games is an application developed by Mindspark Interactive Network – famous for developing ad-supported software. It offers numerous Flash games.|
|Symptoms||The app generates advertisements that may be pop-ups, banners, in-text ads.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling). It may also be promoted on various freeware websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Cool Popular Games|
Cool Popular Games is a legitimate toolbar promising to help you find a vast variety of Flash games, but malware experts classify it as a browser hijacker and a PUP (potentially unwanted program) due to some malicious traits it exhibits.
What Is Cool Popular Games?
Cool Popular Games has an official website and is a legitimate browser toolbar claiming to be “the best Chrome New Tab for gaming”. It offers a variety of 500 popular games that are “cool” and “free”. The games include puzzles and mystery games, card games, shooting games and much more.
The toolbar may sound quite useful especially to those keen on online gaming. Cool Popular Games, however, does act intrusive at times and you may find it quite disturbing, and here’s why:
Cool Popular Games is compatible with the most commonly used browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, and it may infiltrate your system without your permission. Once inside, it will alter your Internet browser settings and change your home page to ask.com to track your browsing routine. In addition, the browser hijacker is capable of collecting sensitive data from you in order to share it with third parties to generate revenue.
Please note that Mindspark Interactive Network (the developers behind Cool Popular Games) has released many other browser toolbars that exhibit the same irritating traits including DailyRecipeGuide, WebmailWorld, AutoPCBackup, and ConvertAnyFile. They all act pretty much the same – they enter your system unnoticed, change your browser home page to ask.com, monitor your browsing activities and collect personal data. As much as they claim to be useful, their negatives outweigh their advertised features.
How Does Cool Popular Games Enter Your PC?
If you have not personally installed Cool Popular Games from its official website, but it is present on your computer, then the browser hijacker has entered your system via other free program you have downloaded. Luckily, the bundling option can be disabled at the beginning of the installation process so be alert and make sure you uncheck the bundling method along with other features you are not familiar with.
How to Remove Cool Popular Games?
As explained above, although you may find some of the Cool Popular Games’ features useful, the toolbar is likely to cause more harm than good. It may not be malicious by nature, but it may enter your computer without permission, redirect you to unwanted websites, make changes to your browser settings and share your personal data and browsing activities with unknown third parties. As much as this is annoying, it does expose your system and identity to additional threats from the Web. Its removal is then highly recommended.
In order to remove Cool Popular Games, you can either follow the manual instructions below or install a powerful anti-virus tool that will scan your system and remove all malicious components.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter