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Remove Gamevance ads (Virus Removal Guide) - Jan 2020 update

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Gamevance – adware that comes bundled with other PUPs such as the Ask.com toolbar and The Weather Channel Desktop app

GamevanceGamevance is a rogue application that can come bundled with various PDF converters and download managers

Gamevance, also known as PUP.Optional.ArcadeCandy, is adware that is promoted via third-party websites such as playpickle.com, tikiarcade.com, and loudmo.com. Users on forums have been discussing this app's ability to distribute various junk and its hard removal process.[1] Once the adware enters a computer system, it drops dynamic link libraries[2] such as gamevancelib32.dll, gvtl.dll and adds them as a browser helper object to Internet Explorer. However, there still is a chance that the PUP might appear on other types of web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc. After successful installation, Gamevance might bring additional rogue applications such as the Ask.com toolbar and The Weather Channel Desktop program to the affected computer system and web browsers.

Gamevance virus can also modify the Windows Task Manager and drop the gvun.exe executable as its main process. This task might allow the app to launch within every computer startup process, display pop-up notifications, and get the user involved in other annoying activities such as redirecting. Continuously, suspicious changes can also occur in the Windows Registry where the ad-supported program might add questionable entries.

Name Gamevance
Also known as PUP.Optional.ArcadeCandy
Type Adware/potentially unwanted program
Related files Once the adware infiltrates the targeted computer system, it includes gamevancelib32.dll, gvtl.dll, and gvun.exe files 
Promotion sources This adware app is known to be promoted by other third-party websites such as playpickle.com, tikiarcade.com, and loudmo.com
Sponsored apps It is known that this adware comes together with other third-party applications such as the Ask.com toolbar and The Weather Channel Desktop app
Distribution ways The main adware distribution sources include software bundles that are downloaded from cnet.com, softonic.com, download.com, and similar websites and come in forms of PDF converters, download managers. Also, the PUP can get delivered to the computer system through infectious advertisements, hyperlinks, and fake software updates
The elimination You can employ automatical software to get rid of the adware program or complete the step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article 
Fix tool If you have found any signs of system compromisation, you can try fixing it with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software

Gamevance software has been developed and released by a marketing company called Future Ads. The firm was established in 2001 and its website gamevance.com became the sixth-fastest developing web page in 2009. Gamevance ads are most likely to appear on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP computer systems. However, we still cannot decline the possibility that this app might approach macOS users also. 

Gamevance malware is the name given to this adware by random computer users who have experienced its intrusive activities and unexpected appearance. There is a big chance to receive this third-party application from questionable PDF converter, download managers, and similar software that comes from websites such as softonic.com, cnet.com, and download.com. The most common technique used for adware distribution is “software bundling”.

Gamevance adwareGamevance is an adware app that can display an entire load of intrusive advertisements

When you enter gamevance.com, you can get redirected to gamesafari.com. However, if you are thinking of playing games on the Gamevance website, you should give it a second thought. This application is considered to be very annoying and intrusive. Consequently, it tends to stream you with various ads and banners. Even if you are very patient, you might quickly lose your temper after the ads start trailing in every website. You might receive notifications marked like this:

  • Gamevance ads.
  • Ads by Gamevance.
  • Ads powered by Gamevance.
  • Powered by Gamevance.
  • Brought to you by Gamevance.
  • RocketTab powered by Gamevance

Additionally, the main goal of Gamevance is to collect pay-per-click revenue through every single advertisement that is clicked by the users. Regarding this purpose, the third-parties will try to display as attractive-looking ads as possible. They might include tracking cookies into your web browser in order to collect details about your browsing history and commonly searched offers so that they can provide you with similar deals.

Gamevance offers quick and easy games for users who like to relax playing games online. However, choosing a legitimate and malware-free game website or application sometimes becomes a challenge. Thus, this adware might also look like an ordinary gaming domain. However, after you start using it, you might encounter the redirecting issue. The ads might lead you to other gaming websites or advertising domains.

The problem is that that the developers of these sites often use the services of unknown third-parties which help maintain the websites. In exchange, they allow those third-parties to show diverse ads and links. Overall, these advertisements might be dangerous malware. Thus, if it gets to your system, some essential functions might stop working. In any case, Gamevance should be eliminated as soon as possible.

Furthermore, the adware might also attract additional unwanted “guests” – programs to your device. Often they happen to be just ordinary adware programs. After they sneak into your computer, they might occupy too much space on a hard disk, thus, resulting in slower PC functions. Additionally, the more adware pile on your computer, the greater the probability that you start seeing more Gamevance ads. They might get too irritating by covering online content and diminishing browser speed.

 Gamevance virus

Gamevance removal is necessary if you want to browse the Internet with full speed and quality. Besides, the adware program can complete changes on your web browser's homepage and the new tab URL bar. These modifications can be diminished only by eliminating the potentially unwanted program from your computer system and web browsers. The process can be completed with the help of antimalware software or by performing the manual instruction guide.

In some cases, adware programs are used for distributing malicious products on the system. If you find anything dangerous on your computer system, you should also eliminate it ASAP. After you remove Gamevance and its added objects, you can start searching for possible damage automatically. If the software detects any type of compromisation on your computer system, you can try fixing it with the help of a tool such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Software bundles often include adware 

If you ever spot an adware program lurking on your computer system, it is most likely that the PUP has slipped into the device when you were installing a new program. Scammers are aware of users' common vice not to read the installation guides. Thus, since the majority hops through the installation process and recklessly clicks “Finish”, they often do not get the slightest idea adware or another PUP was installed as well. 

Also, you should be careful with the downloading settings that you choose. Do not opt for the “Quick” or “Recommended” mode as these settings do not include the required protection from PUP distribution. Instead, choose the “Advanced” configuration as default. Here you will be able to check on all of your incoming downloads and opt-out components that look questionable to you.

Most commonly, adware programs and similar third-party apps come bundled[3] with rogue PDF converters and download managers from sources cnet.com, download.com, and softonic.com. According to cybersecurity specialists from NoVirus.uk,[4] it is advisable to get all of your software and services from trustworthy sources and the original developers only.

Other adware spreading sources involve infectious advertisements and hyperlinks. Regarding this fact, you have to be very careful while browsing on the Internet sphere. Our recommendation would be not to click on every component that pops out and get an adblocker to prevent annoying ads. Also, be aware of misleading software, e.g. flash player updates that also can hide adware in the installation process.

Gamevance removal options

There are two ways how you can get rid of this adware. You can try both options, automatic and manual eliminations. If you are in a rush or do not want to meddle with Gamevance virus on your own, then, scan the system with an anti-spyware application. Do not forget to keep it updated for it to function properly. Moreover, having the newest version might be crucial in terms that it eliminates the adware faster than previous editions.

Alternatively, you might remove Gamevance manually as well. You can either find alternative instructions or use the ones below. We have decided to include both OS and web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari cleaning steps. Precision and accuracy are required in order to ensure the complete elimination of this PUP, otherwise, the adware might return very easily.

If you decide to proceed with the Gamevance removal on yourself, you need to make sure that you have enough skills and time to complete the entire task. If you think of yourself as a regular, non-advanced user, you should probably proceed with the automatical removal option as it is much safer and easier. Also, the antimalware tools ensure that the entire process is finished within a few minutes of time and effective results are spotted.

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To remove Gamevance ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Gamevance from Windows systems

To eliminate the adware application and all other programs that it has brought to the Windows computer system, use the below-provided instructing steps.

  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 Gamevance and related programs
    Here, look for Gamevance 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 Gamevance 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 Gamevance 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'

Remove Gamevance from Internet Explorer (IE)

To clean Internet Explorer from bogus components and reverse the browser back to its previous state, perform the following guidelines.

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

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

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

Uninstall Gamevance from Google Chrome

To get rid of suspicious extensions and other components, you should continue cleaning Google Chrome by completing these instructions.

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

Eliminate Gamevance 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 Gamevance 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 Gamevance removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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. Jimmy says:
    May 26th, 2016 at 2:09 am

    One does not simply play these low-level games. 🙂

  2. Kristy says:
    May 26th, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Again, annoying little adware.

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