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Remove Games Junkies adware (Virus Removal Guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

Games Junkies is a product of APN, LLC. This company has also released several other potentially unwanted programs PUPs). Games Junkies is an adware, and it means that this program has a rogue appearance. It pretends to be a legitimate application that is supposed to provide shortcuts to computer games, but in reality it only functions to advertise its sponsors. Such sponsors are usually third-party companies, which seek to make their web sites more popular. They want to achieve greater amounts of visitors browsing through their websites, so they pay for adware developers to promote these sites. As a result, inexperienced PC users who have never heard of Games Junkies adware become victims of this potentially unwanted program, because it is able to enter computer systems seamlessly.

How does Games Junkies adware work?

Games Junkies PUP can initiate various arbitrary activities on your computer. It can install its extensions and also its toolbar to your web browser and monitor your browsing activity, such as what websites do you visit, what do you download or install on your PC, and also your search queries. Such data is collected in order to predict your interests and your needs. As a result, this program selects advertisements from its server and starts displaying them for you. You will receive banners, pop-ups or in-text link ads that will suggest various “great” offers. Be attentive because most of these ads by Games Junkies are misleading and may end you up on questionable websites.

Questions about Games Junkies adware

Be very careful and avoid clicking on Games Junkies ads. The websites that you may be redirected to can offer you a wide range of different applications that can be infectious or contain malicious files. Moreover, Games Junkies ads will slow down your PC as they use computer resources to load themselves up. If you do not want to expose your system to potential risks or experience other unpleasant effects, you should install an anti-spyware program that can block the entrance of your PC for potentially unwanted programs. We recommend Reimage for that.

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How can I prevent Games Junkies and similar programs?

Games Junkies is distributed via two methods – either via its official website or with other freeware or shareware. The second method occurs much more frequently. It is a rogue distribution method called bundling. It means that Games Junkies is spread when being attached to legitimate free programs. That is why you have to be very cautious when installing new programs to your computer because no one is going to notify clearly you about such bonus attachments. You should rely only on yourself and check if there are any unexpected attachments by checking the installation settings. Change the “default” or “standard” or “basic” installation option to “advanced” or “custom” and then look for unfamiliar statements. You should receive a list of statements that suggest installing optional downloads, so refuse such offers by deselecting them. That is basically all you need to do to prevent PUPs.

FAQ about this adware:

Question: I have already noticed activities of Games Junkies virus on my computer. Can you help me to remove it?

Answer: Games Junkies PUP can be removed automatically or manually, and no matter which method you will choose, you will make a right decision to delete this computer parasite. We recommend to install an anti-malware program that will ensure your computer‘s security and stability for a long time, however, you can try to remove this adware using the manual removal method. For that, we have prepared comprehensive step-by-step removal instructions. You can find them below this article. Follow the steps carefully, and you will get rid of Games Junkies in no time.

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 Games Junkies adware, follow these steps:

Delete Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies and related programs
    Here, look for Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies 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'

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

Get rid of Games Junkies 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, Games Junkies should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies 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 Games Junkies removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Mohammed165893 says:
    November 2nd, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    It does not seem to work at all. I am very disappointed!

  2. HaoHao says:
    November 2nd, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Does anyone know how can I secure my computer once and forever? Is this suggested app called SpyHunter is really reliable? Or should I look for other security methods?

  3. Nina says:
    November 3rd, 2015 at 6:15 am

    My kid has installed this parasite without my permission, but I have uninstalled it successfully. These instructions were helpful, I appreciate your help, 2-spyware.

  4. Fredericopolo says:
    November 3rd, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Ahh! I am so mad… AND totally disappointed about this app! However, I have learned the lesson and be more careful from now on. I did not realize that default installation settings are so deceptive!

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