Complaints have significantly increased regarding a suspicious website in Russian appearing randomly on their web browsers. As far as security analysts are concerned this site is heavily ad-supported featuring animated advertisements with redirects to potentially hazardous websites. Either way, in case you start randomly seeing this suspicious website appearing on your computer, it is likely that you may have software that is potentially unwanted on your computer, and an anti-malware scan is strongly advisable.
|Short Description||The web page may look legitimate however is heavily ad-supported and may lead the user to dangeorous third-party websites.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness the web page appearing on his browser without having any extensions or his/her approval.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs or Malware on the user PC.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect.|
Gamezonenews(.)net – How Did I Start Seeing It
It has been reported on Reddit that users haven`t managed to identify any browser extensions in browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari which points out to the file administering this being concealed somewhere in the directory. Such files may spread in case you have installed bundled freeware downloaded from third-party software providing websites. This may be your favorite media player, torrent downloading program, and other programs. It is strongly advisable to seek the official website of the software you want to download before actually downloading it with an unwanted program added “as a free extra” in the installer. Caution when installing is also highly recommended.
Gamezonenews(.)net – More about It
Once redirected to the website, the user may see flash player animated advertisements that if clicked on lead to unknown links. One particular advertisement led researchers to a redirect of a website that may be phishing and resembled AliExpress(.)com. Such websites are usually used as a fake online retailer stores. However, what is important was that before leading to the websites themselves, both connections passed through the following redirect web links:
This is what appears to be a pay-per-visit scheme via this redirect and according to Norton analysts, cyber-criminals generate millions using such automated schemes. What it may also be is a service that offers such “pass-through” type of redirects collecting information from user PCs.
The website itself appears to be legitimate, providing news about gaming. However, similar to a site, called gangnamgame(.)net it appears randomly on user PCs. Gamezonenews(.)net also does not support any encryption on connection that is even more suspicious.
Cyber-criminals continue to sophisticate and increase the methods of infection of the malware they provide. The user nowadays needs to stay updated with the latest methods of getting infected with malware or getting scammed.
Removing Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect Completely
To remove this redirect, it is important to reinstall your web browser and scan your computer for malware using and advanced anti-malware scanner. Furthermore, you should follow the instructions below to help you check for any programs currently present that might be affecting your computer.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect 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 Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect.
Step 2: Remove Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect and click “Remove”
After Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect 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 Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect 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 Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Gamezonenews(.)net Redirect will be removed.