Dear reader, if you are looking through this article then you have correctly identified Ads by GameZooks as a virus-like program. Ads by GameZooks behaves in a manner very similar to a group of viruses called Adware. They are characterized by their pattern of operation – that is to infest all of your internet browsers and spam advertisements in your face.
The Ads can be about pretty much anything, but there is a good chance that Ads by GameZooks scanned your internet history, searches and cookies and filters the content to what you have looked at before. This is very dangerous behavior, because the virus might also send this data back to it’s creator. Might even include credit card numbers and passwords too!
What else can go wrong while you have Ads by GameZooks installed
First of all you will experience slowdowns. Whenever you load a page your computer has to effectively load two pages – the one you want and the Ads. This means extra work for the CPU and extra bandwidth for the download. New computers may only get slowed down by a second or two, but older machines might even hang or at least your browser temporarily unresponsive. The Ads themselves may be in the for of pop-ups, banners and entire pages.
Then there are the scams. The sites the Ads link to are beyond any supervision and many of them are actually frauds waiting for you to fall into the trap. Not only will they give you nothing when you try to purchase an item – they might also practice identity theft.
Worst tho is the viruses that Ads by GameZooks may try to install on your computer. They will be in the form of some free software download. Some fake pop-ups may appear claiming there is a problem with your computer. The virus will thus be something along the lines of anti-virus program, missing plug-in, PC optimization program or the like.
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|Distribution Method||Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.|
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How To Uninstall Ads by GameZooks
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Before we start we have to warn you that some of the following steps may not be necessary to uninstall Ads by GameZooks. This is so because multiple versions may exist – and not all require every step in order to uninstall the virus. Thus if any of these steps do not produce the desired result and you are certain you have done everything correctly then you should simply proceed to the next step.
Also note that the virus might make some last ditch efforts to install another virus in the form of alternative software downloads. Don’t fall for those.
Our first step here 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 Users:
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. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
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 new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
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.
Next we’ll have to clean Ads by GameZooks from all of your browsers – even those you may have installed, but you are not actively using. This means running Steps 2&3 multiple times – once for each browser.
If you made the mistake of installing a file offered by Ads by GameZooks this is a good moment to try and remember the name. Search you download folders if necessary. If you spot the name of this new virus uninstall it like you will uninstall Ads by GameZooks. You can search for a more detailed removal guide once we are done with Ads by GameZooks.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by GameZooks . uninstall it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by GameZooks should be somewhere around here – uninstall it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select (uninstall).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. uninstall anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, uninstall EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by GameZooks and anything else suspicious-looking. 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:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. 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 is anything 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.
WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING
The next few operations are somewhat more complicated and much more dangerous if performed wrong. Doing a big mistake here can damage your PC significantly. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download professional software that can do this for you, safely. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus as explained below and this is beyond what we can do manually.
If you do not uninstall 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 new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “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 the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just uninstalld a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To uninstall Guide’s Optimization Tips.