GameTrekkers. Is it worth installing?
GameTrekkers is yet another toolbar from a known developer. There are tens of similar apps that belong to this developer. No matter that these programs are not a considered malicious, you should avoid installing it on your computer. Even though it’s not malicious, it is known for being included into the suspicious activities. GameTrekkers developer, which is already well-known for complementing its applications with unwanted programs, such as Ask Search. GameTrekkers offers to install a toolbar that works as a search engine for games and allows accessing thousands of free online games.
If you are considering to install this toolbar on its official website, be very careful and opt out of suggestions to set Ask as your default homepage and search engine. However, it may also get into your computer unnoticed along with other free software. In this case, it may corrupt DNS settings of all most popular web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer) and set aforementioned search engine as your default. If this has already happened to you, you should act immediately and run a full system scan with any reputable anti-spyware because GameTrekkers is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that may try to drive traffic to the questionable websites of its affiliates, track your web browsing activities, slow down your computer and may even try to spread other potentially unwanted programs.
How can GameTrekkers show up on my computer?
GameTrekkers is an untrustworthy toolbar that is associated with third parties and affiliate marketing. Such and similar programs usually provide users with some sort of service, but in addition to it, they implement a whole list of unwanted activities, such as use PC’s resources, connect to the Internet for the updates, modify search engine and homepage, cause redirects to affiliate websites, and so on.
This app can be installed on computers manually if you visit its official website and get intrigued by the promises to gain access to thousands online games for free. Unfortunately, it may get inside behind your back via other freewares and sharewares. Such distribution method is called ‘bundling’. Bundled software is very commonly found on the Internet, so you have to be careful not only to prevent infiltration of GameTrekkers plug-in, but also other suspicious programs. It’s quite simple to opt out of apps that are traveling as ‘additional components’ along with the freeware that you have selected.
For that, you just have to select Advanced or Custom installation method, check everything carefully, and unmark ticks that notify about installation of various add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars or extensions. In case, GameTrekkers redirects have already started bothering you because you have been tricked into installing a freeware with a bundle, follow the instructions that are below and get rid of this PUP right now.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of GameTrekkers Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
How to remove GameTrekkers?
When having this program on board, you should prepare for continuous pop-up ads, altered search results and similar content. In this case, you should avoid clicking on them because GameTrekkers redirects can make you visit unsafe websites. Moreover, it may cause information leakage because this toolbar is usually spread around in one pack with cookies that collect personally non-identifiable information (some pieces of personal data might also be collected).
After doing so, it may send this data to third parties that may use it for affiliate marketing. In order to stay safe, you should avoid such and similar programs. If you have accidentally installed it on your PC, make sure that you remove it.
- Uninstall programs that are related to GameTrekkers Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for GameTrekkers Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (GameTrekkers Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section.
6. Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.