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.
|Type||PUP – a Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Symptoms||A slowing down of your PC; advertisements appearing when unwanted.|
|Distribution Method||Games Desktop can be distributed by software bundles, adware or, possibly you yourself installed it but now you want to get rid of it.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
3: Permanently delete Games Desktop “Virus” from Task Manager’s processes.
4: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
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.
Games Desktop “Virus” (Uninstall Guide)
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Games Desktop “Virus” and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Games Desktop “Virus” remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If these things fail to help you find Games Desktop “Virus” you need to resort to a professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.
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