A browser hijacker has been reported to set a suspicious web page as a home page and a new tab page of the web browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. The dangerous software may cause browser redirects, display intrusive advertisements, track information of the affected PC via cookies and other indirectly dangerous activities. Experts advise that all users who see the Freegamer(.)info web page to immediately focus on removing it from their computers. We have provided a relevant tutorial to assist users who have the Freegamer(.)info Browser Hijacker situated on their computers.
|Short Description||The hijacker changes the home page, new tab page and other browser settings to track the user behavior and display ads.|
|Symptoms||May display different advertisements to users, cause browser redirects, PC slowness and others.|
|Distribution Method||Software Bundling, Other|
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Freegamer(.)info Browser Hijacker – Distribution
In order to be spread, this hijacker may be added as a browser-extension automatically by visiting other websites. In addition to that it might be installed onto the affected computer through bundled installers. Such installers, provided by third-party software vendors may pose certain risks for the user. Most websites providing software may include other applications in their installers in the “Custom” or “Advanced” setup installer options. Some shady third-party sites may include the Freegamer(.)info browser hijacker in their installers.
Freegamer(.)info Hijacker – More About It
After being situated onto the computer of the user, the browser hijacker may tamper with the following registry entries:
→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Folders] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
In addition to that, it may also modify the registry entries of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer so that it may automatically be added as an extension. Not only this but another consequence from that may be the modification of the browser to accept different cookies, to add other extensions and adds.
The information which can be tracked by FreeGamer(.)info may differ:
- Online clicks.
- Online search history.
- Browsing History.
- Most visited adverts.
Such information may as well be used against users to display different advertisements onto the user PCs:
- Browser redirects to other pages.
- Intrusive pop-up ads.
- Ads with media (with audio and video).
- Fake antivirus banners. (For example “Your System Is Slow”).
- Fraudulent ad-supported search results.
When we further analyzed the website, we have established that it was also ranked quite high on Alexa with most of its traffic coming from the following locations:
- United States – 51.7%
- United Kingdom – 21.6%
- Canada – 5.3%
These most likely point out to the locations where the software is being spread to. Not only this, but we have also uploaded the web link into VirusTotal for further analysis and the results were the following:
Freegamer(.)info Browser Hijacker – Conclusion and Removal
The bottom line is that such programs are most likely parts of larger networks that are involved in pay-per-click and affiliate schemes. They are usually not detected by conventional antivirus software, because they are not directly harmful to your computer. However, they may heavily advertise third-party websites to you that may infect your PC with malware, like Locky, Mischa, IDP_ALEXA and others.
In case you want to remove Freegamer(.)info browser hijacker, we advise you to follow strictly the removal manual which we have prepared after this article. Besides this, we also recommend you to download a reputable anti-malware software which will help you to remove the browser hijacker and all of its related registry entries, files and other unwanted software that may have come along with it from your PC.
Manually delete Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Freegamer(.)info Hijacker threat: Manual removal of Freegamer(.)info Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
Automatically remove Freegamer(.)info Hijacker by downloading an advanced anti-malware program
- Guide 1: How to Remove Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Freegamer(.)info Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 Freegamer(.)info Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Freegamer(.)info Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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 Freegamer(.)info Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Freegamer(.)info Hijacker 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.