According to Cyber security experts, AnyGameSearch is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) from the category of browser hijackers. Browser hijacker is a type of software that is created to take over the internet browser and control user’s surfing preferences. A browser hijacker can sneak into the PC unnoticed due to the fact that it is actively being promoted in free software. AnyGameSearch commonly aims at Google Chrome browser, but it’s possible that it can hijack other web browsers too. We advise you to remove AnyGameSearch as soon as it hijacks your home page or search provider.
The AnyGameSearch browser hijacker will alter your web-browser’s search provider so that all searches are sent through anygamesearch.com, which redirects to Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search engine which displays the search results for your query. The devs behind this hijacker are utilizing legitimate search provider as they may make profit from the ads that are shown in the search results.
Browser hijackers can not only modify your startpage or search engine, but redirect your internet browser to shady webpages. What is more, AnyGameSearch can analyze your surfing, and gain access to your privacy information and, subsequently, can share it with third-parties. Thus, there are more than enough reasons to get rid of the browser hijacker from your web browser.
How can a browser hijacker get on your computer
Many of the free software out there install unwanted web browser toolbars, adware and potentially unwanted programs such as AnyGameSearch along with them without your knowledge. One has to be attentive while installing freeware in order to avoid accidentally installing third-party apps. It’s important that you pay attention to the EULA (End User License Agreements) and choose the Custom, Manual or Advanced installation type as it will typically disclose what optional programs will also be installed.
|Type||browser hijacker, search engine hijacker, PUP, redirect virus, startpage hijacker|
|Associated domains||portal.anygamesearch.com, feed.anygamesearch.com|
|Affected Browser Settings||homepage, search engine, new tab page URL|
|Removal||AnyGameSearch removal guide|
How to remove AnyGameSearch hijacker
We suggest opting for automatic AnyGameSearch removal in order to delete all browser hijacker related entries easily. This solution requires scanning the personal computer with reputable antimalware, e.g. Zemana, MalwareBytes Free or Hitman Pro. However, if you prefer manual removal steps, you can use the guide below in this blog post. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this web site. So, please read the guide carefully, after that bookmark it or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove AnyGameSearch, execute the following steps:
- How to remove AnyGameSearch manually
- Automatic Removal of AnyGameSearch hijacker
- How to stop AnyGameSearch redirect
- To sum up
How to remove AnyGameSearch manually
The few simple steps will help you remove AnyGameSearch hijacker. These removal steps work for the IE, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, as well as every version of computer operating system.
Uninstall potentially unwanted software using MS Windows Control Panel
Some PUPs, browser hijacking programs and adware can be removed by uninstalling the free programs they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed programs in MS Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to get rid of them.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, press Windows button , then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter such as the one below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as displayed in the following example.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your PC system. Most likely, one of them is the AnyGameSearch hijacker. If you’ve many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a questionable, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as shown in the following example.
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown on the image below.
You will see a list of software installed on your PC system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most probably, it’s the AnyGameSearch browser hijacker. 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 delete is found, simply press on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown in the following example.
Remove AnyGameSearch hijacker from web-browsers
Remove unwanted plugins is a easy way to delete AnyGameSearch browser hijacker and return web-browser’s settings which have been changed by hijacker infection.
|Google Chrome||Mozilla Firefox|
You can also try to remove AnyGameSearch by reset Google Chrome settings.
If you are still experiencing issues with AnyGameSearch browser hijacker removal, you need to reset Mozilla Firefox browser.
Another way to delete AnyGameSearch hijacker from Internet Explorer is reset IE settings.
Automatic Removal of AnyGameSearch hijacker
Malware removal utilities are pretty effective when you think your machine is affected by hijacker. Below we’ll discover best tools that be able to identify and get rid of AnyGameSearch from your web browser.
How to remove AnyGameSearch with Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM)
You can download and use the Zemana AntiMalware for free. This anti-malware utility will scan all the MS Windows registry items and files in your computer along with the system settings and internet browser extensions. If it finds any malware, adware or malicious extension that is redirects your internet browser to unwanted AnyGameSearch webpage then the Zemana Free will delete them from your PC system completely.
Now you can set up and run Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) to remove AnyGameSearch browser hijacker from your web-browser by following the steps below:
Please go to the following link to download Zemana Free installation package named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your computer. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Start the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your computer.
During install you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When install is finished, this malicious software removal tool will automatically launch and update itself. You will see its main window as shown in the following example.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana utility will begin scanning the whole personal computer to find out AnyGameSearch browser hijacker. Depending on your system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Free tool is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When Zemana Free is done scanning your PC, it will show the Scan Results. Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will remove AnyGameSearch browser hijacker and move the selected threats to the program’s quarantine. Once the task is complete, you can be prompted to reboot your machine to make the change take effect.
Remove AnyGameSearch browser hijacker and malicious extensions with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is a free removal tool which can check your machine for a wide range of security threats like adware software, malware, potentially unwanted applications as well as AnyGameSearch browser hijacker infection. It will perform a deep scan of your system including hard drives and MS Windows registry. After a malicious software is found, it will help you to remove all found threats from your personal computer by a simple click.
Hitman Pro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
Download and run HitmanPro on your personal computer. Once started, press “Next” button for checking your PC for the AnyGameSearch hijacker. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. .
After that process is done, you can check all items found on your PC.
Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click Next button.
It will show a dialog box, press the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to get rid of all malicious software found.
Use MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to remove AnyGameSearch hijacker
You can get rid of AnyGameSearch hijacker automatically through the use of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). We advise this free malicious software removal tool because it can easily delete hijacker infection, adware software, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the downloading process is done, close all applications and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named MBSetup as shown in the figure below.
When the installation starts, you will see the Setup wizard that will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer.
Once setup is complete, you will see window as displayed on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your PC system for the AnyGameSearch hijacker. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes AntiMalware will produce a list of unwanted software and hijacker. Once you have selected what you wish to remove from your PC press “Quarantine” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove AnyGameSearch browser hijacker and move the selected threats to the program’s quarantine. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains step-by-step guidance on how to remove hijacker, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Free.
How to stop AnyGameSearch redirect
In order to increase your security and protect your computer against new intrusive ads and malicious webpages, you need to run ad-blocker program that stops an access to malicious ads and web pages. Moreover, the program can stop the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of webpages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of AdGuard for Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed in the following example.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick tutorial as shown on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block AnyGameSearch, as well as other malicious or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that may be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Now your computer should be clean of the AnyGameSearch browser hijacker. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted advertisements and undesired malicious web pages) and Zemana (to periodically scan your PC system for new browser hijackers and other malicious software). 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 AnyGameSearch browser hijacker from the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Google Chrome, then ask for help here here.