If you have Game Desktop already installed on your PC and have no idea how it got there or are simply wondering what is Games Desktop and whether it is dangerous, please keep reading the article we have prepared for you today. “Games Desktop что это”, “как удалить Games Desktop” and “Como desinstalar Games Desktop” are some of the messages that landed in our contacts form recently, showing the this PUP infects primarily non-english speaking countries.
What is Games Desktop?
A note: Games Desktop is not truly a virus, however people refer to it as such. For simple simplicity we will just call it as such until you understand the difference between a virus and a PUP outlined below.
Games Desktop is a software developed by Tuto4Pc with the goal to spam your computer screen with online advertisements. Of course that will only become apparent once you have the program installed. Officially it is a tool used to find and download popular free games and it adheres to that functionality. Looking into the specifics it will link to popular storage sites for software like Softonic.com, Download.com and others. We have no recorded activity of Games Desktop attempting to do anything dangerous to your computer, however it is widely believed to be installed with adware or browser hijackers – meaning it is likely related to them. In and by itself Games Desktop is harmless.
Note that many of the sites Game Desktop links to use download managers of their own, so if you try to make use of the links from Games Desktop you might soon find your computer bloated with unnecessary application installed only for the sake of a single download. Some of these applications will also run Ads on your computer themselves!
In our opinion Game Desktop is not a program worth keeping and you should strongly consider removing it, as it is also regarded as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) by most reputable anti-malware companies. We’ll try to outline the reasoning behind this below so you can make an educated decision for yourself.
What are the characteristics of a PUP?
The one trait that nearly all PUPs share are the shady method by which their installed. Since most are obscure pieces of software that few users would willingly install themselves PUPs are offer distributed through alternative means – through online Ads or through a practice known as software bundling. If you can’t remember installing Games Desktop yourself it’s likely because it came from such a bundle. A software bundle is an installer for a single program that will also install several other programs to your computer if allowed. The Default installation option will always install such programs, so it is prudent to always select Advance and see for yourself what you’ll get from a program. Blocking any unwanted extras will go a long way towards keeping your PC safe. Note that besides PUPs (which are usually annoying, but harmless) software bundles are also responsible for the installation of a large variety of Adware, Malware, viruses and Trojan Horses. The fact that Games Desktop got installed in this way also means that your computer may have been infected by something malicious that could have been also included in the bundle containing Games Desktop.
PUPs also usually contain browser add-ons that bring unwanted Ads to your computer. For as long as you keep Games Desktop installed you will see Ads injected on many pages you visit and that can quickly get very annoying. Sometimes these Ads could also be dangerous and if you try to download anything from them it could be a virus or a Trojan. These types of programs are not known for their tight control over the content of the Ads displayed by them. Games Desktop also attaches itself to your list of programs that start when you log in into Windows, which will slow down the overall process. It also continuously runs a Windows Service in the background that steals system resources and it often the reason people suspect Games Desktop to be a virus.
Regardless of your decision is to keep Games Desktop or not make sure to run an anti-virus scan on your computer. As mentioned even though Games Desktop is harmless on its own some other dangerous software might have been installed alongside Games Desktop and you definitely want it found and removed before it can do any damage.
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Games Desktop “Virus” (Uninstall Guide)
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.