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Remove FlashGamesRockstar adware

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Ads by FlashGamesRockstar, FlashGamesRockstar ads, FlashGamesRockstar virus | Type: Adware

What is FlashGamesRockstar?

FlashGamesRockstar (or Flash Games Rockstar) is a gaming platform, which enables users to play free flash games whenever they want. However, while visiting the official website of this app, it’s clearly stated that the app is ad-supported in order to stay free of charge. Therefore, you should think twice whether you don’t mind receiving tons of suspicious advertisements not only while playing games online, but also visiting random websites. Nevertheless, FlashGamesRockstar may infiltrate computers without asking for users permission directly and slither inside without being noticed. That may happen quite easily if you tend to install freewares recklessly, i.e. select Quick/Basic installation and initiate the process by hitting the ‘Next’ button all the time.

In fact, FlashGamesRockstar is officially listed as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Thousands of people all around the world have been tricked into installing it unconsciously and the majority of them later reported about an unbearable amount of FlashGamesRockstar ads during their browsing, which usually reroute to suspicious-looking websites. In response to such reports, we can only admit that ‘Ads by FlashGamesRockstar’ tend to show up in a huge amount and that their content may be really suspicious or even unsafe. Besides, the appearance of those ads may be accompanied by other issues, such as diminished web browser’s performance or loss of personally and non-personally identifiable information. Our security experts remind that all adware-type programs use cookies for collecting users search terms, websites visited, data entered while visiting them, clicks, IP address, PC’s location and so on. Unfortunately, adwares and their cookies can easily be exploited and misused for initiating serious crimes. Even though this may not necessarily happen, there is no need to keep FlashGamesRockstar virus installed on your computer. For its removal, we recommend using Reimage (compatible with Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows OS).

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How can Flash Games Rockstar hijack my computer?

Two methods are applied for FlashGamesRockstar distribution – direct and indirect. It is promoted on its official website (flashamesrockstar(dot)com) where users can install it manually believing that it’s a trustful platform for playing games. Another method is known as ‘bundling’. It’s an indirect way to spread third-party apps, such as FlashGamesRockstar, iDeals, DigiSaver, Driver Assist, and many others, attached to popular freewares and sharewares. If you want to keep your computer away from various cyber threats, start from installing freewares more attentively. Always keep in mind that they may be filled with ‘optional downloads’; thus, in order to check whether they are filled or not, select Advanced or Custom installation and check every step. If you are offered to install an add-on, plug-in, toolbar or extension, which is set by default, make sure that you unmark ticks claiming that you agree to install them. Otherwise, you may end up with unwanted apps on your machine or start experiencing FlashGamesRockstar redirects out of nowhere.

How to remove FlashGamesRockstar virus?

The most reliable way to get rid adwares, browser hijackers and other PUPs, including FlashGamesRockstar virus, is to run a full system scan with a decent anti-malware. Nevertheless, you can also remove it manually with the help of this guide:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove FlashGamesRockstar adware, follow these steps:

Eliminate FlashGamesRockstar from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall FlashGamesRockstar and related programs
    Here, look for FlashGamesRockstar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete FlashGamesRockstar from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for FlashGamesRockstar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of FlashGamesRockstar from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for FlashGamesRockstar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete FlashGamesRockstar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase FlashGamesRockstar adware from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, FlashGamesRockstar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove FlashGamesRockstar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select FlashGamesRockstar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete FlashGamesRockstar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall FlashGamesRockstar from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select FlashGamesRockstar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete FlashGamesRockstar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate FlashGamesRockstar from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for FlashGamesRockstar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete FlashGamesRockstar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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