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Remove Gameo virus (Improved Guide) - Mar 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Gameo | Type: System tools

What should you know before using Gameo?

If you love to spend your free time playing online games, Gameo might have caught your eye. However, cyber security specialists do not recommend installing this application. This potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] not only allows exploring adventurous games but also lets to discover tons of annoying advertisements. In most of the cases, people report about continuous pop-up ads saying “Join the fun now!”, “Win now!” and similar phrases. Just like with other ads, you should be careful with Gameo ads because they may be misleading and dangerous.[2] Typically, such pop-up messages are used for affiliate marketing,[3] promoting related parties and similar activities. However, some part of these ads may include “Free Download” button, which may lead you to the installation of other third-party programs. Bear in mind that promoted software might be malicious and cause damage to your computer. Thus, if you have just noticed “Join the fun now” and other annoying pop-up ads during your browsing, it means that you should check your PC for the potentially unwanted programs. Scan the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and let it remove Gameo and other unknown applications.

Gameo app has another negative feature. It uses a questionable distribution method. The app spreads bundled with other free programs that users can download from the Internet. Thus, users might install it accidentally. Seeing this program and advertisements often make people believe that this program is a virus.[4] Though, the term Gameo virus is not a suitable name for it. This app might be only classified as a potentially unwanted program. Note that neither this website nor games and other programs that are related to this application are malicious and considered viruses. Nevertheless, you may find out that they are causing annoying activities during your browsing. After hijacking your computer, they may cause slow downs, redirects and other issues. Although it is not a malicious program that poses harm to computers, you should still perform Gameo removal. There’s no need to keep the annoying and useless application on your PC.

Gameo virusGameo is an application that offers to play various online games; though, cyber security specialists categorize it as a potentially unwanted program.

When might the hijack occur?

Gameo is a legitimate application that can be downloaded from various sites.[5] As we already mentioned, this game-related extension may also appear on your PC without downloading it because it is also promoted via other free games. This distribution method is called bundling. If you are installing a free game, you should check it and make sure that it is not filled with Gameo or other an extra attachment. For that, we recommend selecting Custom or Advanced installation option. If you would keep clicking “Next” button, you could overlook and install this program on it without even realizing that. After that, you may notice that you can’t avoid commercial pop-up ads and similar notifications because this program is compatible with each of web browsers. If you think that this app is already inside your PC system, don’t worry. You should just follow a guide below that explains the entire Gameo removal process.

How to eliminate so-called Gameo virus?

Gameo removal is not complicated. This and similar ad-supported programs are not labeled as malicious programs. However, if this app resides on your computer for a while, might have noticed and increased amount of online ads or even redirects to questionable websites. Indeed, these activities are annoying. However, one or another Gameo redirect may trick you into visiting suspicious websites that may try to pose harm to your computer. For this reason, you should not keep this program on the computer. Thus, you need to remove it. You can do that by uninstalling this tool manually from the Control Panel and uninstalling suspicious extensions from the web browsers. Don’t forget to check all browsers that are installed on your PC. However, in our opinion, you should remove Gameo with a help of professional anti-malware tools. System scan helps to eliminate not only this tool but other PUPs or suspicious components from the computer as well.

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To remove Gameo virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Gameo from Windows systems

In order to remove Gameo manually, please follow the steps below. Also, look for other unknown third-party applications that might have been installed without your knowledge as well. What is more, check your browsers too. There you may find installed questionable extensions, add-ons or toolbars.

  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 Gameo and related programs
    Here, look for Gameo 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'

Erase Gameo 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 Gameo 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'

Delete Gameo from Internet Explorer (IE)

The instructions below will help you to get rid of Gemeo ads and other unwanted activities on Internet Explorer.

  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 Gameo 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 Gameo removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Gameo virus from Microsoft Edge

After Gameo hijack, you need to fix Microsoft Edge as shown below.

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, Gameo should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Gameo from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure that Gameo is removed from the Mozilla entirely. Look for the suspicious extensions, plugins or add-ons and uninstall them.

  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 Gameo 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 Gameo removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Gameo from Google Chrome

From the list of extensions remove suspicious entries that might be related to so-called Gameo virus.

  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 Gameo 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 Gameo removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Gameo 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 Gameo 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 Gameo removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. jake says:
    October 3rd, 2014 at 5:41 am

    How did this get installed on Windows 8.1 with a non administrator account?
    I thought you needed admin rights to install.

  2. gabby says:
    December 8th, 2014 at 4:14 am

    this helped out so much! but i do want to know, what are all the viruses that come with gameo? i installed it by mistake and it gave me 2 or 3 other viruses. one of them was a shield with a lightning bolt pretending to be a cleaner for my computer and one was a game installer or something… and i cant quite remember the others. does anyone know the names so i can delete those too?

  3. Michael says:
    December 18th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH i had the gameo virus and apparently A TON other threats to my computer but i downloaded spyHunter and it worked thank you so much

  4. Lookas says:
    April 11th, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I uninstalled le program but after doing so every once in a while a message would pop up saying it could not run a certain file. I forget the name but it had gameo at the beginning and it was located inside the roaming. After going into roaming and searching gameo, it turns out there were still multiple gameo related stuff in there. I deleted all of them and now it seems i got rid of it for good.( i run regular scans on my computer with malwarebytes and bitdefender and it never picked it up.)

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