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Remove GamesFriendly Search Redirect

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This article is created in help of all users who want to remove GamesFriendly Search browser extension from affected browsers and PC.

GamesFriendly Search is a risky browser extension that is designed to alter essential browsers settings and then deliver a lot of nasty advertisements. It can change the settings of the preferred search engine and set a suspicious domain on the homepage and new tab page. Once installed on the browser it can obtain various details about you and your online behavior. The records are then used for advertising purposes and may be disclosed to third-parties.

Threat Summary

Name GamesFriendly Search
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The hijacker can change the homepage, search engine and new tab on each browser installed on the compromised machine.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers will be switched to Newtab.review. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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GamesFriendly Search – Distribution

A few ways may be used for GamesFriendly Search delivery. The most common one is via third-party installers. А bundled package or a compromised freeware setup may install GamesFriendly Search hijacker without your awareness. The installations of additional potentially unwanted apps might be set by default. To prevent that side effect from you should try to find a Custom or an Advanced options menu and enter them. There you should be able to deselect the undesired additional content.

As another way of distribution of GamesFrienly Search appears to be the Chrome web store:

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GamesFriendly Search is preliminarily developed to be compatible with Google Chrome browser. However, the redirect can affect the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.

GamesFriendly Search – More Details

Once GamesFriendly Search gains access to the browser it alters essential settings to place a suspicious domain on the browser homepage and new tab page. Then it replaces the default search engine in order to force affected users to use a hoax one.

Instead of providing FREE unlimited games GamesFriendly Search can deliver additional undesired and harmful apps on the PC. Actually, its primary purpose is to collect various data from the users. As long as it is installed on the browsers it can:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Display notifications
  • Change your search settings to: play.eanswers.com

gamesfriendly search browser extension modifications

The extension adds a green icon that appears next to the address bar. When clicked it opens an additional small window that provides several options:

  • A search field only for games
  • A few suggested games
  • Hyperlink that lands on the domain of a gaming platform – f.cantstopplaying.com
  • A share button

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As long as the risky browser extension GamesFriendly Search is enabled it automatically obtains details about your browsing habits and online preferences. Unfortunately, the data records are used for the delivery of targeted content and a lot of annoying ads. As a result, you may notice slowed browser loads that significantly diminish your online experience. The ads are supposed to offer various kinds of products, services, games and apps that try to make you click on them.

Beware of intrusive banners, pop-ups, images, pages, pop-unders, links to sponsored content and other ads that are trying provide appealing game and other kinds of offers. Just a click on the wrong ad can land you on a compromised web page that is set to deliver severe malware infection like data locker ransomware.

GamesFriendly Search – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy page provides details about the kind of information collected from all users who having installed the GamesFriendly Search extension as well as how it is further used. The policy states that the intrusive extension is owned by FriendlyAppz. They may ask you to create an account in their platform afer GamesFriendly Search affects the browser. The registration step will ask you to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • E-mail address
  • Country of origin
  • Telephone number
  • Cookie information
  • Website
  • Company

If you want to keep your privacy it is better to avoid this step. In addiotion, they can obtain information related to your internet activity and online habits.

The collected data may be used for advertising purposes and further may be disclosed to third-parties. The prevention of any troublesome consequences as privacy theft and malware intrusions is possible by the complete GamesFriendly Search removal from the affected browsers and PC.

How to Remove GamesFriendly Search Redirect

To remove GamesFriendly Search manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial provided below. Have in mind that sometimes the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely the hijacker. So be advised to run a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool to locate all leftovers and then easily delete them with a few mouse clicks.

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Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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

How to Remove GamesFriendly Search from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove GamesFriendly Search

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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 GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search 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.

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

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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.

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


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Get rid of GamesFriendly Search from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall GamesFriendly Search and remove related files and objects

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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 GamesFriendly Search:

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 GamesFriendly Search. 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 GamesFriendly Search. 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 GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search. 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 GamesFriendly Search files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as GamesFriendly Search, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for GamesFriendly Search:


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


Remove GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search 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".

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

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the GamesFriendly Search 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 GamesFriendly Search 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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