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Remove Gamepopz.com Adware

Gamepopz.com removal guide stf

This article will help you to remove fully Gamepopz.com from affected browsers and PC. Follow the adware removal instructions at the end.

The web address Gamepopz.com provides an adware program that promises an access to the hottest games on the web today. At first glance, it seems that you only need to create an account in gamepopz.com to get an instant access to unlimited downloads and video streaming. But when you reach the final step of the registration the platform urges you to make a payment in order to finish the process. Unfortunately, in case you pay for the program, all you get is just an adware application that floods your browser with nasty advertisements such as pop-ups, pop-unders, and banners in an attempt to generate profits for its owners.

Threat Summary

Name Gamepopz.com
Type Adware, PUP
Short Description Attempts to obtain your credit card information. Generates lots of advertisements and causes redirects to other sites. It could also deliver malware to your PC.
Symptoms You could see various annoying ads like pop-ups, banners, pop-unders and in-game ads to appear in affected browsers and system. Your browser is sluggish and sometimes unresponsive.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Gamepopz.com – Spread

Gamepopz.com adware may infect your computer via installations of third-party software. Such apps are usually offered for free on various torrent websites but what may remain hidden are some additional components that are part of their setups. As a consequence, those additional potentially unwanted components could be installed on your PC without your knowledge. You can prevent the installation of potentially unwanted programs like Gamepopz.com by selecting the Custom or Advanced settings in the setup as there you should have an option to deselect them and proceed with the installation of the primary software.

Advertisements that are part of malvertising campaigns may also be used for the spread of Gamepopz.com adware. Pop-ups, pop-unders, and banners could redirect you to corrupted web pages that are set to download automatically the adware on the computer. The adware is believed to affect all commonly used browsers so you may witness its presence in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Gamepopz.com – Analysis

Gamepopz.com is a website that pushes an adware program of the same name. The site is presented as a platform that provides instant access to various trendy games. Even though it claims that you could access its content for free you need to choose a payment plan soon after you decide to create a profile. This step from the registration process is shown in the picture below:

purchase a membership plan to use Gamepopz.com services

Have in mind that the initial subscription for Gamepopz’s services offers only a five-day free trial period. After this period the adware will automatically extract an amount of around $50 from your credit card and will keep doing it every next month. Beware that this nasty adware will try to scam you once again in case that you want to unsubscribe. The second scam urges you to call a support number which is again presented as a tax-free but in fact, it will cost you a lot of money if you make the mistake to call it. So be very careful what information you provide to such suspicious services as they can misuse it in a lot of ways.

Due to the fact that the main purpose of Gamepopz.com‘s owners is money revenue, their product is highly likely to generate as much targeted advertisements as possible. Various kinds of adverts like pop-ups, pop-unders, discounts, banners, coupons, sliders and other may flood all web browsers affected by Gamepopz.com adware. For each click on an ad generated by Gamepopz its owners get paid by the advertiser. This advertising scheme is called pay-per-click and it is practiced by many trusted companies but when utilized by adware programs it endangers your online security as well as the security of your machine. This could be explained by the fact that adware owners rarely care if advertisers want to promote secure and reliable web pages. So some of the approved ads may contain links to hacker-controlled web pages. What could happen when you land on such a page is an unnoticed installation of malware directly on your device.

Gamepopz.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy section is available at the bottom of Gamepopz.com homepage. The page provides information about what data is collected by the adware and how it is used. Below you can see a screenshot of the Policy page:

Gamepopz.com Adware privacy policy

The policy states that this website collects personal information that is used for the advertising purposes of its owners. Once they set their campaigns your browser may be flooded by many annoying ads. As a result, your online experience may be no longer be so pleasant as your browser could become extremely sluggish.

The following is an interesting quotation from the policy:

From time to time, we may use your personal information to send important notices, such as communications about purchases and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies. Because this information is important to your interaction with japalta, you may not opt out of receiving these communications.

So it appears that you may continue to receive annoying notifications from the company owner Kopitar Enterprises LTD, even if you do not want that. Be extremely careful when you provide any information to such companies and services as they are likely to misuse it in any case.

Personal information which may be collected from you:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Contact preferences
  • IP address
  • Credit card information

As it is stated in the policy by using the Gamepopz.com redirect site as well as related services or software, you automatically agree with the collection of your information. All gathered information may be disclosed to third party companies.

Remove Gamepopz.com Fully from PC

The steps below will guide you through the removal process of Gamepopz.com redirect. Have in mind that sometimes the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely this nasty infection. For an effortless detection of all leftovers, you can scan the system with an advanced anti-malware tool. Once the toll locate all potentially harmful files you will be just a step away from the complete removal of Gamepopz.com from the PC.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Gamepopz.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Gamepopz.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Gamepopz.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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Gamepopz.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Gamepopz.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Gamepopz.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Gamepopz.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Gamepopz.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Gamepopz.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Gamepopz.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Gamepopz.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Gamepopz.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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Gamepopz.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Gamepopz.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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Gamepopz.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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Gamepopz.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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Gamepopz.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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Gamepopz.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Gamepopz.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.


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