Dear reader you have probably noticed a suspiciously looking software present on your PC in the form of FreeGamesZone. Most online security experts agree that this is a type of Adware virus. What is not quite clear is how damaging this malware can be.
The confusion is stemming from the fact that Adware is commonly considered not very dangerous as far as viruses go. While most people agree that Ransomware this is not, FreeGamesZone presents the type of challenges that if left unattended might lead to very real trouble for you.
Let’s start with the obvious- as Adware viruses go this one here is not different. You will be bombarded with countless annoying pop-up Ads. No matter how irritating this can be and let’s be honest here – it’s infuriating, you should not under any circumstances try to interact with the displayed advertisements. They are utterly fake and will just redirect you to shady websites that will most probably infected with even more dangerous types of malware.
Ways in which FreeGamesZone can affect your device
You have probably noticed that your computer is performing poorly and more slowly than before. This is most likely the Adware’s fault. It is making your browser unstable and requiring much more memory usage than it normally does. In addition to this you might notice that your web browser has some strange toolbar present that you have never seen or installed before. Your web browser of choice might be altogether replaced with another one more susceptible to allow more malware to infiltrate your computer.
Most importantly though – there are multiple reports of sensitive personal information been collected via FreeGamesZone. Browsing history, user names and passwords, all is fair game for this pest. It’s especially alarming regarding online payment methods, including online banking and credit card information. Our strong recommendation is to immediately remove this virus from your hard drive and change your passwords after (but not before) successfully dealing with this threat.
And here are our instructions how to do it:
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove FreeGamesZone from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove FreeGamesZone from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Before we begin the actual removal process it’s imperative you understand something about the virus and our guide. The creators of this particular type of malware are always on the lookout for removal instructions, guides, videos etc. They want to prolong the “life” of their creations. Thus they alter the virus and there might be different versions of FreeGamesZone floating the web. What that means is universal methods might not always apply to the particular version of the Adware that you might be trying to remove.
In most cases small adjustments might be necessary but that shouldn’t be too much of a hassle for you. So if you don’t understand or recognize a particular step of the guide, just skip it and move on with the process.
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.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new 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.
Windows 10 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).
Continue with Step 2.
Unfortunately for you it’s a foregone conclusion that FreeGamesZone has affected all your browsers. Even the ones you don’t use regularly or at all – it’s more than likely they are infected as well. So brace yourself – to be completely safe you will need to apply each step of the way for each browser present on your hard drive at the time of the infection.
Do your best to try and reconvene if you installed any additional software prompted by FreeGamesZone. If you did you will have to locate it and remove it as well.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find FreeGamesZone . Remove 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
FreeGamesZone should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
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, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for FreeGamesZone 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:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
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 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.
Go to STEP 5.
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.
VERY IMPORTANT! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
You have reached the most pivotal steps in the removal process. Please be advised that failure to execute them properly might lead to significant damage to your system. If you don’t feel up to the task or simply don’t want to take any risks we strongly recommend using a professional scanner and remover for FreeGamesZone. In hindsight it might be a better option altogether because this virus can come back and infect your browser again if not completely and utterly removed. Not only that but you should also remember that your sensitive information is in danger as previously outlined.
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
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 removed 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 Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.