Have you found that your browser is redirected to a previously unseen web site called professional.pcgamer.site? If you answered ‘Yes’ then your need to know that it is possible that your personal computer is infected with an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware is a type of malicious software that modifies your machine’s internet browser settings so that you will be randomly rerouted to an annoying ads. You need to follow the few simple steps below as soon as possible It’ll clean your PC from the ‘ad supported’ software and thereby get rid of unwanted professional.pcgamer.site pop-ups. Moreover, the guide will help you to stop the ability to penetrate of more dangerous viruses and trojans on your personal computer.
Most often, the ad-supported software affects the most common web browsers like the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. But such the dangerous software as well may infect another internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web-browser’s shortcut). So every time you open the web browser, it will reroute to the unwanted professional.pcgamer.site web-page. Even if you setup a new homepage, an unwanted web-page will be the first thing you see when you launch the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge.
Technically, the adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates a large amount of popup ads, hindering or completely blocking the work in the web browser. It may install other unknown and unwanted programs without your permission, force you to visit dangerous pages. Moreover, the ad supported software can download and install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it will rewrite your start page with an unwanted web site.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the few simple steps below ASAP. The instructions will assist you to get rid of adware as well as clean your machine from the professional.pcgamer.site advertisements. What is more, the few simple steps below will help you remove other dangerous software such as unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the PC system along with the ‘ad supported’ software.
How can you prevent the professional.pcgamer.site pop-up ads
How to manually remove professional.pcgamer.site ads
This useful removal guide for the professional.pcgamer.site pop-ups. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove professional.pcgamer.site advertisements let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove professional.pcgamer.site redirect
- Delete professional.pcgamer.site from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove professional.pcgamer.site pop-ups from Chrome
- Get rid of professional.pcgamer.site redirect from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the PC cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious programs. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up your web browser from advertisements, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will display the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed applications.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove professional.pcgamer.site redirect
When the adware is started, it can also modify the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will be rerouted to an unwanted ads.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that begins with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete professional.pcgamer.site from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been modified by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to get rid of the reroute onto professional.pcgamer.site web site.
First, start the Firefox and press button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Next, click the Help button () as on the image 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 address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When it’s finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove professional.pcgamer.site pop-ups from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s homepage, new tab page and search engine by default that have been replaced by ad supported software.
- Open the Google Chrome, then press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, which located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of professional.pcgamer.site redirect from Internet Explorer
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The IE will open the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like startpage, new tab page and default search engine to default state, disable ad-supported web browser’s extensions and thereby delete the reroute to professional.pcgamer.site annoying page.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying professional.pcgamer.site page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This opens a prompt that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the unwanted applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Get rid of professional.pcgamer.site automatically
You can delete professional.pcgamer.site automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal tool because it can easily get rid of adware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your machine by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
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Once downloading is complete, close all windows on your PC. Further, start the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the figure below, click the Yes button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will allow you install Malwarebytes on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
When the install is done successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole personal computer to find out malware and ad-supported software which cause the professional.pcgamer.site ads. When a threat is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete. Please be patient.
Once the system scan is done, you can check all threats detected on your PC system. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware which cause professional.pcgamer.site ads. Once the disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot your personal computer. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to get rid of adware and other harmful applications.
How to block professional.pcgamer.site pop-up ads
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted ads and malicious web pages, you need to use an application that stops access to dangerous ads and web-sites. Moreover, the application can stop the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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- When downloading is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is finished, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial that will assist 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 launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup ads, professional.pcgamer.site redirects, as well as other harmful 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, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove professional.pcgamer.site and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the unwanted professional.pcgamer.site redirect from the Chrome, FF, IE and Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ad-supported software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Once the download is finished, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is launched, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, press the “Scan” button for scanning your machine for the malicious extensions and adware which opens advertisements from professional.pcgamer.site web-site. Once the scanning is done, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is complete, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC system.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to remove ad-supported software, browser hijackers and other harmful software.
Now your PC should be clean of the professional.pcgamer.site pop-ups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and annoying dangerous web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new dangerous applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of professional.pcgamer.site ads from your personal computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.