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Remove GameOn (Tutorial)

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Should I trust GameOn application?

If you are an online gaming enthusiast, then there is a great chance that you may encounter GameOn virus while searching the web for new games. In this questionable website you will be offered to download and install GameOn add-on/toolbar and access such supposedly useful functions as instantly playing online games directly “from your new tab page”, and enjoy a collection of “all the newest and most popular online games”. Interestingly enough, this same add-on offers to increase the user’s browsing experience by also providing a web search engine. We do not advise you to be tempted by these proposals because, in reality, the online security experts put this application on the list of potentially unwanted programs. In fact, this fake gaming add-on/search engine is created merely for the marketing purposes, and, because of the aggressive methods it uses to promote the third-party affiliate websites GameOn can be categorized as browser hijacker type virus. Because of its concealed processes, silently running in the background of your system, your browsing speed definitely will not experience any increase. On the contrary, after the GameOn hijack, your surfing may become extremely sluggish, the web pages may take significantly longer to load, the browser may freeze or crash entirely. Because of these reasons alone you should remove GameOn from your system, not to mention the numerous, intrusive ads it generates on your visited web pages. These ads may come in different forms and may feature various information. Pop-up, banners, in-text ads and other advertisements may try to convince you to obtain some some questionable software or update the already existing one. Do not trust these ads and do not click on them because they are merely a product of GameOn redirect issue. When browser hijacker programs take over the victim’s browser, they usually redirect the user through their malicious sites, in this way, enabling different ads to be injected into the search results and visited web pages.

On top of it all, after an analysis of this application’s website, the Privacy Policy has shown that this program tracks not only non-personal but also sensitive information about its users! Here is a direct quote from this document:

“The Whiz may collect two types of information: 1) Personal Information, and 2(Anonymous Information. Personal Information means information that may directly or indirectly identify you, such as your name, address, email address, and telephone number. Anonymous Information means information that does not directly or indirectly identify you, such as the number of page views, link clicks, and login times.”

Questions about GameOn

Decide for yourself, whether you want to entrust your sensitive and non-personal information into the hands of unknown sources, which may as well share it or sell it to the further third-parties. If you do not wish upon that, you should think about GameOn removal from your computer system as soon as possible.

GameOn virus example screenshot

How did this virus hijack my computer?

Even though GameOn has an official website from which you can download it, many users report having discovered this dubious application installed on their computers without their consent. Such situation can be explained by a deceptive software marketing method referred to as “bundling”, which essentially means that the potentially unwanted programs are stealthily attached to regular, yet more popular programs and stealthily installs along with them. The majority of the users do not pay enough attention to the software download and installation processes. This is why the developers of such PUPs intentionally hide their malicious creations within the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation modes. So, the users who rush through the mentioned installation modes and opt for the default ones often end up with PUPs like GameOn on their computers.

How can I remove GameOn virus from my PC?

Removing this application, just like any other viruses takes time and practice. If you have less of them both, we recommend choosing the automatic GameOn and eliminating this threat with a help of a trustworthy antivirus tool. If you have time and skills, you can try deleting the virus manually. However, you should remember that viruses like these often spread their related components throughout the system so it may be a challenge to detect and eliminate them all. You might end up with this browser hijacker bouncing back to your browser. If you still want to give it a try, you can check the detailed step-by-step GameOn removal guide we have provided below.

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To remove GameOn, follow these steps:

Eliminate GameOn 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 GameOn and related programs
    Here, look for GameOn 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'
  5. Remove GameOn from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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

Erase GameOn 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, GameOn should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall GameOn 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 GameOn 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete GameOn removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete GameOn 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 GameOn 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete GameOn removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate GameOn 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 GameOn or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by GameOn, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 GameOn removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. GoblinBell says:
    March 22nd, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I dont think its a virus but its sure is a useless program. The games are boring and theres not that much of them like they claim

  2. Gerthy Piersen says:
    March 22nd, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Hey I dont get it, how do I remove the toolbar?? I managed to get rid of the website but cant seem to delete the GameOn toolbar

  3. Cody says:
    March 22nd, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Why dont you read the instructions more attentively? Its all there. OR go download SpyHunter. That should help

  4. Gerthy Piersen says:
    March 22nd, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I wouldnt be asking if i managed to delete it jeez… Seems like Im doing something wrong. Will try Spyhunter tho, thanks

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