If your search provider has modified to the GamesFriendly Search, then most likely that your web browser is infected by the software from the browser hijacker family. It means that an unwanted application has taken over and replaced settings of all your typical web-browsers, without your desire or permission. So, if the Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge and Chrome new tab, home page or search provider has been replaced or your web browser being re-directed to the page you never intended to visit, then it’s a sign that you need to clean up your system immediately in order to get rid of annoying GamesFriendly Search redirect.
The GamesFriendly Search browser hijacker takes over your web browser’s default search engine and controls what will be opened to you whenever you do a searching. Other than the search results, it also provides a ton of unwanted ads on the search page. Some of these ads developed to trick you into buying some questionable products and applications. Moreover, sometimes, those advertisements could redirect you to misleading or malicious pages.
Also, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) can be installed on the machine together with GamesFriendly Search hijacker infection. It will insert a ton of advertisements directly to the web-sites that you view, creating a sense that advertisements has been added by the authors of the site. Moreover, legal advertisements can be replaced on fake ads that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and malicious apps. Moreover, the GamesFriendly Search hijacker infection be able to gather a wide variety of your personal information which can be later sold to third parties.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain hijackers like GamesFriendly Search to also modify all browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to reroute your web browser to unwanted web-pages, some of which might be harmful. It can make the whole PC system more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
So, it’s very important to clean your system of hijacker as soon as possible. The steps, which is shown below, will assist you to remove GamesFriendly Search from the MS Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome and FF and other web browsers.
How to remove GamesFriendly Search from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
The GamesFriendly Search is a browser hijacker infection that you might have difficulty in uninstalling it from your machine. Happily, you’ve found the effective removal guide in this post. Both the manual removal solution and the automatic removal solution will be provided below and you can just select the one that best for you. If you’ve any questions or need assist then type a comment below. Some of the steps below will require you to exit this web page. So, please read the steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove GamesFriendly Search, use the following steps:
- Remove GamesFriendly Search home page without any tools
- Removing the GamesFriendly Search, check the list of installed applications first
- Disinfect the web-browser’s shortcuts to remove GamesFriendly Search start page
- Delete GamesFriendly Search redirect from Google Chrome
- Get rid of GamesFriendly Search redirect from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of GamesFriendly Search from FF by resetting web browser settings
- How to delete GamesFriendly Search with freeware
- Run AdBlocker to stop GamesFriendly Search and stay safe online
- How can you prevent the GamesFriendly Search browser hijacker
- Finish words
Remove GamesFriendly Search home page without any tools
The step-by-step tutorial will help you get rid of GamesFriendly Search redirect. These GamesFriendly Search removal steps work for the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system.
Removing the GamesFriendly Search, check the list of installed applications first
Some PUPs, browser hijacking apps and ad supported software can be removed by uninstalling the free applications they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed software in Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to remove them.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, press “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all apps installed on the PC system.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed apps, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video guidance below.
Disinfect the web-browser’s shortcuts to remove GamesFriendly Search start page
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut file referring to the right exe-file of the browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click on the shortcut of hijacked internet browser as on the image below.
Select the “Properties” option and it’ll open the shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as displayed on the screen below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers that are rerouted to the GamesFriendly Search annoying web site.
Delete GamesFriendly Search redirect from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the hijacker infection, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s search provider by default, new tab page and home page that have been replaced by hijacker infection.
- First run the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is complete, your browser’s homepage, search engine by default and new tab page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of GamesFriendly Search redirect from Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer web browser settings such as new tab page, start page and search engine by default having been hijacked, then you may revert back your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
First, launch the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as displayed below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of GamesFriendly Search from FF by resetting web browser settings
If your Mozilla Firefox web browser homepage has replaced to GamesFriendly Search without your permission or an unknown search provider displays results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web-browser reset.
First, run the Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the screen below.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
How to delete GamesFriendly Search with freeware
If you are not expert at computer technology, then we recommend to use free removal tools listed below to get rid of GamesFriendly Search redirect for good. The automatic solution is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual solution. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic GamesFriendly Search removal is a better option.
Scan and clean your system of GamesFriendly Search with Zemana Free
Zemana AntiMalware highly recommended, because it can scan for security threats such adware and browser hijacker infections which most ‘classic’ antivirus applications fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any GamesFriendly Search browser hijacker removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana AntiMalware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Installing the Zemana is simple. First you’ll need to download Zemana on your PC by clicking on the following link.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all apps and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as displayed in the figure below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) on your personal computer.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as displayed on the screen below.
Now press the “Scan” button to detect hijacker infection which cause GamesFriendly Search page to appear. Depending on your machine, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a malicious software, ad supported software or PUPs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) has finished scanning your computer, a list of all threats detected is produced. You may remove items (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana will delete browser hijacker that causes browsers to show annoying GamesFriendly Search web-site and add threats to the Quarantine.
Scan and free your personal computer of browser hijacker infection with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a completely free (30 day trial) utility. You don’t need expensive ways to remove browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to GamesFriendly Search and other shady apps. HitmanPro will uninstall all the undesired software such as adware and browser hijacker infections for free.
- Installing the HitmanPro is simple. First you’ll need to download Hitman Pro on your machine by clicking on the link below.
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Update: December 8, 2017
- When the download is done, double click the HitmanPro icon. Once this tool is started, click “Next” button to start scanning your PC system for the hijacker responsible for redirections to GamesFriendly Search. While the Hitman Pro program is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- After Hitman Pro has finished scanning your machine, you can check all items found on your machine. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button. Now click the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
Scan and free your personal computer of hijacker with Malwarebytes
Remove GamesFriendly Search hijacker infection manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and adware that your PC can be infected too.
Click the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
When the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) on your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the hijacker that responsible for browser reroute to the annoying GamesFriendly Search web-page. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the scanning is complete, you can check all items detected on your PC system. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Free will delete GamesFriendly Search browser hijacker and other web browser’s malicious addons and move items to the program’s quarantine. After disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware to delete ad supported software, browser hijacker infection and other malicious software.
Run AdBlocker to stop GamesFriendly Search and stay safe online
We recommend to install an ad blocker program that can block GamesFriendly Search and other annoying web sites. The adblocker utility such as AdGuard is a program which basically removes advertising from the World Wide Web and blocks access to malicious pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad-blocking applications is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Web.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdGuard for MS Windows. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once downloading is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed in the following example.
Follow the prompts. When the install is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up advertisements, GamesFriendly Search redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which may be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent the GamesFriendly Search browser hijacker
Now your system should be free of the browser hijacker which cause GamesFriendly Search web-site to appear. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup ads and annoying malicious web-pages) and Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your personal computer for new hijackers and other malware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete GamesFriendly Search redirect from the Chrome, Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.