If you have ever found your web-browser home page inexplicably changing to GamerzLand Search web-page, or notice that the default search provider in your internet browser has changed, then you could say that your system has been a victim of the hijacker. The creators of hijacker do so in order to make revenue via Google, Yahoo or Bing search provider. Thus, in order to force you to use GamerzLand Search services as often as possible the hijacker can change your internet browsers settings such as new tab page, default search provider and homepage.
The GamerzLand Search browser hijacker will change your internet browser’s search engine so that all searches are sent via GamerzLand Search, that redirects to Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search engine that displays the search results for your query. The developers of this hijacker are utilizing legitimate search engine as they may earn revenue from the ads which are displayed in the search results.
Most often, the GamerzLand Search browser hijacker infection affects most common browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, MS Edge and FF. But such hijackers as well can infect other internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of browser’s shortcut). So every time you run the browser, it will display GamerzLand Search page. Even if you setup your home page again, the unwanted GamerzLand Search page will be the first thing which you see when you launch the web browser.
We strongly advise you to complete the guidance which follow below. We’ll show you how to get rid of browser hijacker and thus get rid of GamerzLand Search from your Chrome, Internet Explorer, MS Edge and Firefox forever.
How to remove GamerzLand Search from system
There are a few solutions that can be used to get rid of GamerzLand Search. But, not all potentially unwanted software like this browser hijacker infection can be completely removed utilizing only manual methods. Most commonly you’re not able to uninstall any browser hijacker utilizing standard MS Windows options. In order to get rid of GamerzLand Search you need complete a few manual steps and run reliable removal tools. Most IT security researchers states that Zemana AntiMalware, MalwareBytes Free or AdwCleaner utilities are a right choice. These free programs are able to look for and remove GamerzLand Search from your computer and restore your web browser settings to defaults.
To remove GamerzLand Search, use the steps below:
- How to manually get rid of GamerzLand Search
- Uninstall GamerzLand Search associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Delete GamerzLand Search from Internet Explorer
- Remove GamerzLand Search from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
- Remove GamerzLand Search startpage from Google Chrome
- Fix affected web browsers shortcuts to remove GamerzLand Search start page
- GamerzLand Search automatic removal
- Block GamerzLand Search and other unwanted web sites
- How can you prevent your PC from the attack of GamerzLand Search hijacker infection
- Finish words
How to manually get rid of GamerzLand Search
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete GamerzLand Search startpage from the IE, Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Uninstall GamerzLand Search associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Check out the Microsoft Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed programs. We suggest to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of apps by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and dubious programs, they are the ones you need to delete.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed in the figure below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed in the figure below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and delete all questionable and unknown programs. We recommend to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. Once you’ve found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker responsible for GamerzLand Search or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your machine.
Delete GamerzLand Search from Internet Explorer
By resetting IE internet browser you revert back your internet browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by hijacker such as GamerzLand Search.
First, launch the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Remove GamerzLand Search from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
The Mozilla Firefox reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and remove unwanted search provider and start page such as GamerzLand Search, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
First, run the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, press the Help button () as displayed below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker responsible for redirects to GamerzLand Search. When, it’s complete, press the “Finish” button.
Remove GamerzLand Search startpage from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to get rid of the hijacker, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to recover the web browser’s home page, newtab page and search engine that have been modified by browser hijacker.
- First, run the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Fix affected web browsers shortcuts to remove GamerzLand Search start page
Important to know, most anti-malware software which are able to remove browser hijacker responsible for modifying your browser settings to GamerzLand Search, but unable to look for and recover changed shortcut files. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome and FF web browsers manually.
Open the properties of the web-browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut file of infected web-browser and choose the “Properties” option and it’ll display the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field like below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts which have been altered by browser hijacker which cause a redirect to GamerzLand Search site, usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as displayed below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks like …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown on the image below.
In order to fix the affected shortcut file, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been altered by browser hijacker that responsible for internet browser redirect to the annoying GamerzLand Search web site.
|Google Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Mozilla Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is done, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers which are rerouted to the GamerzLand Search unwanted web-page.
GamerzLand Search automatic removal
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely get rid of browser hijacker infection from the infected system. So, we suggest to scan your PC system for any remaining malicious components with free hijacker removal software below.
Run Zemana Anti-Malware to delete GamerzLand Search
You can remove GamerzLand Search automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-Malware. We recommend this malware removal tool because it can easily delete hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, adware and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Now you can install and run Zemana Free to remove GamerzLand Search from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Visit the following page to download Zemana AntiMalware installation package named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: February 14, 2019
Run the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your PC.
During setup you can change certain settings, but we recommend you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When setup is finished, this malicious software removal tool will automatically launch and update itself. You will see its main window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker which changes internet browser settings to replace your new tab, search engine by default and start page with GamerzLand Search web-site. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana AntiMalware application is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
When the scanning is done, Zemana will display you the results. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will delete browser hijacker infection related to GamerzLand Search redirect. After finished, you may be prompted to reboot your machine to make the change take effect.
Automatically delete GamerzLand Search with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to scan for and get rid of GamerzLand Search home page from your personal computer. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC system.
- Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: February 5, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will open the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After downloading is finished, please close all applications and open windows on your system. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes Free onto your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will launch and display the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your computer for the browser hijacker that designed to redirect your browser to the GamerzLand Search web page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the MalwareBytes Free is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malware.
- Once the system scan is finished, you can check all items found on your machine.
- When you are ready, click the “Quarantine Selected” button. Once finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Run AdwCleaner to remove GamerzLand Search from the PC system
AdwCleaner cleans your PC from adware, potentially unwanted programs, unwanted toolbars, internet browser add-ons and other undesired software such as browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your web-browser to GamerzLand Search site. The free removal utility will help you enjoy your machine to its fullest. AdwCleaner uses the (c) Malwarebytes technology to scan for if there are undesired apps in your system. You can review the scan results, and select the threats you want to delete.
Installing the AdwCleaner is simple. First you’ll need to download AdwCleaner from the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 4, 2019
When the downloading process is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen as displayed in the following example.
Further, press “Scan” button to detect hijacker responsible for redirects to GamerzLand Search. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your computer and the speed of your computer. Once AdwCleaner has completed scanning, a list of all items detected is prepared as shown in the figure below.
You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box as displayed on the screen below.
You need to click “OK”. When that process is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your system. When your PC is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block GamerzLand Search and other unwanted web sites
By installing an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard, you are able to stop GamerzLand Search, autoplaying video ads and delete tons of distracting and annoying ads on web-pages.
Download AdGuard by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the downloading process is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, you will see a window as displayed in the following example.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block ads, GamerzLand Search redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your PC from the attack of GamerzLand Search hijacker infection
After completing the step by step guide outlined above, your computer should be free from browser hijacker related to GamerzLand Search and other malware. The MS Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome will no longer show undesired GamerzLand Search web page on startup. Unfortunately, if the guidance does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.