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Remove GamesShift ads (Free Instructions)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Have you ever seen “ads by GamesShift,” “GamesShift deals” or “powered by GamesShift” advertisements? If you did, you probably know that these ads are very annoying and disturbing, too. Although this rogue application pretends to be a useful program that allows you to reach online and downloadable games with a single click, it should not be trusted nor used to play games. If you want to find out why GamesShift app is considered to be dangerous, please read this article.

Why is GamesShift dangerous?

Questions about GamesShift ads

GamesShift ads are produced by a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which, as you can see, is called GamesShift. However, this application is very suspicious. It can pursue your browsing activity and collect information like your browsing history, bookmarks, search queries, computer geolocation and so on. GamesShift adware claims that it can share this information with third-party organizations:

Your personal information is accessible by the [PRODUCT] administrator(s). We may also share your data with interested third parties. […] To safeguard your personal information, we keep all collected data at our secure database center.

We strongly recommend staying away from this dubious software. It does not only collect data about your browsing habits, but it also displays ads in a form of inline links, banners or pop-up ads. Be careful because these ads do contain suspicious hyperlinks that lead users to third-party websites in order to increase their web traffic. Mostly, GamesShift ads are not going to bring you any good deals or services at all. They are only going to slow down your computer and cause other inconveniences for you. Plus, the sites you might end up by clicking on these doubtful ads by GamesShift can be unsafe and even promote infectious software. Therefore, if you do not wish to expose your system to potential dangers, we strongly recommend avoiding clicking on suspicious ads or surfing on unfamiliar websites. The best solution is to install a reliable anti-spyware program on your computer to keep it safe. Such software can scan the computer system and detect spyware or malware. We recommend you to use Reimage anti-spyware. It is a known and trusted computer security app.

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How can GamesShift hijack my PC?

GamesShift download link can be accessed on its official website, GamesShift(dot)com. However, in most cases GamesShift travels packaged with other free programs. Such software packages are called software bundles. The developers of various PUPs tend to hide the agreements to install PUPs like GamesShift under the Default, Basic, Recommended and Standard installation modes. To deny to install such suspicious programs, you must select Custom or Advanced installation mode and deselect these agreements. We also recommend you to be careful and read each installation step very attentively. For example, some software bundles do not provide the opportunity to select installation settings and configure the installation. In such scenario, you must read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents to find out if your selected program does include bonus apps or not. In case you have already installed GamesShift virus, continue reading on page 2 to find out how to remove this rogue software.

How to remove this PC intruder?

If GamesShift ads already started to interrupt your browsing experience, you should not wait no more and uninstall GamesShift virus. It is strongly recommended to do that by using a reliable anti-spyware like SpyHunter – it can find and delete all suspicious software components that belong to GamesShift. Another removal option is that you can also try to uninstall this adware manually. We have even prepared a manual removal guide for you – it can be found below this article. The 2-spyware team wishes you luck removing GamesShift virus! If you encounter any problems while removing GamesShift, do not hesitate and contact us.

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To remove GamesShift ads, follow these steps:

Remove GamesShift 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 GamesShift and related programs
    Here, look for GamesShift 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 GamesShift 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 GamesShift 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'

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

Delete GamesShift ads 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, GamesShift should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of GamesShift 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 GamesShift 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 GamesShift removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall GamesShift 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 GamesShift 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 GamesShift removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove GamesShift 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 GamesShift 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 GamesShift removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. beatz says:
    December 14th, 2015 at 6:12 am

    stupid ads, stupid app, seems to work like a virus. I am deleting it asap.

  2. daniiiii says:
    December 14th, 2015 at 6:13 am

    how do I contact this page? I have a question

  3. Veronica94 says:
    December 14th, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Theres a button on the top of the page, look up. “ASK US” . click on it, i bet you can send your question via that form.

  4. dani says:
    December 14th, 2015 at 6:15 am


  5. infection says:
    December 14th, 2015 at 6:15 am

    These ads are infectious i believe, and they are kinda hard to remove… Ugh. What a struggle

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