A toolbar going by the name Free Game Zone is actually a browser extension with over 2 million users, devloped by BANDOO MEDIA, INC. This particular extension is regarded as a PUA(Potentially Unwanted Application) and virus researchers outline it as one possibility of malware entering your computer by using the application. This reported to be browser hijacker is created with the sole purpose of hijacking your browser only to advertise third-party vendors based on your online interests. Its removal, for which we have tutorial after this article is strongly advisable.
|Name||Free Game Zone Toolbar|
|Short Description||The toolbar may request permissions from the user, collect user data and display various advertisements linking to thrid-party websites.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness various advertisements of different types.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Free Game Zone Toolbar|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Free Game Zone Toolbar.|
Free Game Zone Toolbar – How Did I Get It?
One way to let this indirectly dangerous toolbar slip into your personal machine is by downloading another program that you may already be familiar with like you favorite media player or file converter, etc. Some programs come with bundled software like Free Game Zone toolbar and it really depends where the program is downloaded from.
It is highly advisable if you seek certain software to download it from reputable website or the official webpage of the software itself. It is strongly recommended not to use third-party websites that include programs ‘as free extras’ in the custom installation steps of the installers and add them to your imaginary ‘do not use for download anymore’ list.
Free Game Zone toolbar – More Information
Once installed on your computer, the toolbar may change your home page to an ask-com supported one. Furthermore, it may enforce any of the requested permissions which it requires upon initial adding to the browser:
This information, according to Free Game Zone may or may not be shared or used to administer targeted advertisements to users that have it installed on their computers. Also, one of the vendors providing the types of games (Action, arcade) in the toolbar is Torch media – a company notorious for developing ad-supported Chromium browsers with suspicious privacy policies:
Furthermore, Free Game Zone toolbar might as well begin displaying various advertisements based on what the user searches online (Ad-supported search results) or other ads such as pop-ups, taken over banner spaces on websites the user visits, highlighted texts and others.
Also, when scanned the computer for the toolbar with an anti-malware tool designed to hunt browser hijackers and other ad-supported programs that may bring scamming or malicious sites in the form of adverts to the user, Free Game Zone toolbar was identified as a potential hazard.
Removing Free Game Zone Toolbar
Such programs are not viruses but they contain heavy advertisements linking sometimes to dangerous third-party websites. This is why you should act fast towards its removal.
One way to remove it is via following the step-by-step instructions after mentioned in the tutorial below. Also, you should make sure to use an advanced anti-malware software that will take care of any files that are usually left behind after the manual uninstall of such browser hijackers on your computer. Having such advanced protection will also prevent future unwanted programs from conducting intrusions on your computer.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Free Game Zone Toolbar in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Free Game Zone Toolbar.
Step 2: Remove Free Game Zone Toolbar from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Free Game Zone Toolbar and click “Remove”
After Free Game Zone Toolbar is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Free Game Zone Toolbar to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Free Game Zone Toolbar has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Free Game Zone Toolbar
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Free Game Zone Toolbar. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Free Game Zone Toolbar will be removed.