The GamesFinder Search appeared on your system without any notice? After that, you are faced with the fact that your web browser is now redirected to this annoying web sites every time when you press browser’s home button, create a new tab or perform an Internet search. The cause of all your problems with your machine is a browser hijacker that has been installed on many computers around the world, so you are one of many. Most probably, you don’t even know how and where the GamesFinder Search browser hijacker has got into your computer.
The GamesFinder Search hijacker takes over your 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 huge count of intrusive advertisements on the search page. Some of these advertisements made to trick you into buying certain questionable products and programs. Moreover, sometimes, those advertisements could redirect you to misleading or harmful web-sites.
Another reason why you need to remove GamesFinder Search is its online data-tracking activity. It can collect personal info, including:
- IP addresses;
- URLs visited;
- search queries/terms;
- clicks on links and ads;
- web browser version information.
Thus, the GamesFinder Search does not really have beneficial features. So, we suggest you delete GamesFinder Search from the Firefox, Internet Explorer, MS Edge and Google Chrome internet browsers immediately. This will also prevent the browser hijacker from tracking your online activities. A full GamesFinder Search removal can be easily carried out using manual or automatic way listed below.
How to remove GamesFinder Search from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
Without a doubt, the hijacker infection is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malware. To delete this browser hijacker, you can use the manual removal tutorial which are given below or free malware removal tool like Zemana Free, MalwareBytes or HitmanPro (all are free). We suggest you use automatic removal way which will help you to remove GamesFinder Search redirect easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in computer or in the case where hijacker infection is not uninstalled automatically. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to shut down your web-browser or reboot your machine.
To remove GamesFinder Search, complete the following steps:
- How to manually delete GamesFinder Search
- Run free malware removal tools to completely remove GamesFinder Search
- Stop GamesFinder Search and other undesired web pages
- How can you prevent the GamesFinder Search hijacker
- Finish words
How to manually delete GamesFinder Search
Read this section to know how to manually remove the GamesFinder Search browser hijacker. Even if the few simple steps does not work for you, there are several free malicious software removers below that can easily handle such hijacker infections.
Uninstall suspicious programs using Windows Control Panel
First method for manual hijacker removal is to go into the Microsoft Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of programs on your PC system and see if there are any dubious and unknown software. If you see any, you need to delete them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Net search to find details on the program. If it is a potentially unwanted program, adware or malware, you will likely find information that says so.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click Windows button , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your personal computer. Most probably, one of them is the browser hijacker infection that made to redirect your web-browser to the GamesFinder Search site. If you’ve many apps installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious apps by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a questionable, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, press ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as on the image below.
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the following example.
You will see a list of applications installed on your personal computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most probably, it’s the browser hijacker that cause a redirect to GamesFinder Search web-page. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as on the image below.
Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by GamesFinder Search
Once installed, the hijacker infection responsible for modifying your web-browser settings to GamesFinder Search, may add an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer. Due to this, every time you launch the web browser, it will open an undesired web-page.
Right click on the shortcut of affected web-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 shown on the image below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers that are re-directed to the GamesFinder Search intrusive web-page.
Remove GamesFinder Search home page from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you’ve unwanted extensions or toolbars on your browser, that installed by a malware.
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of hijacker that causes web-browsers to open intrusive GamesFinder Search web-site, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like startpage, new tab page and default search provider to default state.
Delete GamesFinder Search from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
Resetting Firefox browser will reset all the settings to their default values and will remove GamesFinder Search, malicious add-ons and extensions. It will keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the figure below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your Mozilla Firefox web-browser settings to their default values.
Run free malware removal tools to completely remove GamesFinder Search
The browser hijacker infection can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the hijacker again infect your personal computer and change current settings of installed web-browsers to GamesFinder Search. Moreover, I want to note that it’s not always safe to get rid of hijacker infection manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best way to search for and remove browser hijackers is to run free malware removal applications.
Run Zemana Anti Malware to remove hijacker
We suggest using the Zemana. You can download and install Zemana Free to find out and remove GamesFinder Search redirect from your machine. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the PC.
Now you can install and use Zemana to remove GamesFinder Search redirect from your browser by following the steps below:
Visit the following page to download Zemana Free setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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Update: July 16, 2019
Run the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your computer.
During installation you can change certain settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When install is complete, this malicious software removal utility will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button to begin checking your computer for the browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your web-browser to GamesFinder Search page. This process may take some time, so please be patient. While the Zemana Anti Malware tool is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When Zemana Free has finished scanning, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will prepare a list of undesired and adware. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will start to remove hijacker that causes internet browsers to display unwanted GamesFinder Search webpage. After the task is done, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer to make the change take effect.
Scan your personal computer and remove GamesFinder Search with Hitman Pro
HitmanPro is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and use to get rid of hijackers, ad-supported software, malware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and other threats from your PC. You can use this tool to look for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Installing the HitmanPro is simple. First you will need to download Hitman Pro from the following link.
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Update: June 28, 2018
Download and run HitmanPro on your PC system. Once started, press “Next” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker which made to reroute your browser to the GamesFinder Search web-page. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Hitman Pro program is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified as threat..
Once the scan get completed, you can check all items found on your personal computer.
Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click Next button.
It will open a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
How to get rid of GamesFinder Search with Malwarebytes
You can get rid of GamesFinder Search redirect automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We suggest this free malicious software removal utility because it may easily delete browser hijacker infections, adware, potentially unwanted apps and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) for Windows. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your PC. Further, run the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware on the computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Anti Malware will automatically launch and you may see its main window like below.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button for scanning your personal computer for the hijacker that causes web browsers to open undesired GamesFinder Search web-page. While the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
Once MalwareBytes has finished scanning your PC system, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will produce a list of undesired and ‘ad supported’ software. Once you’ve selected what you wish to get rid of from your PC click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will begin to remove hijacker which created to redirect your web browser to the GamesFinder Search web-site. After that process is done, you can be prompted to restart your PC system. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Free to get rid of hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software and other malware.
Stop GamesFinder Search and other undesired web pages
Use ad blocking program such as AdGuard in order to stop ads, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons which affect your computer performance and impact your PC system security. Browse the World Wide Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Click the link below to download AdGuard. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the download is complete, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. After the installation is finished, you will see a window as displayed below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help 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 start your machine, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up advertisements, GamesFinder 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, which is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent the GamesFinder Search hijacker
The browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting your browser to GamesFinder Search site, can be classified as PUP (potentially unwanted program) which commonly comes on the PC system with other free programs. In many cases, this unwanted application comes without the user’s knowledge. Therefore, many users aren’t even aware that their computer has been affected by malicious software. Please follow the easy rules in order to protect your machine from any unwanted applications: don’t install any suspicious software, read the user agreement and choose only the Custom, Manual or Advanced installation method, don’t rush to click the Next button. Also, always try to find a review of the program on the Internet. Be careful and attentive! If GamesFinder Search startpage has already come into your PC system, then you need to scan your machine for browser hijacker infection and other malicious software. Use our detailed step-by-step guidance that are listed above.
Now your computer should be clean of the hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to GamesFinder Search. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijacker infections and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up ads and harmful web-pages). Moreover, to prevent any browser hijacker, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to search for PUPs.
If you need more help with GamesFinder Search related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.