Removing Gameorplay.info Ads (Adware/PUP)

Apr 2nd 2018 - by Jean-tech in: Blog PC Protection News Virus Removal | 0 Comment

ATTENTION, PLEASE!

Malware may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. This may require tracking down dozens of files in different locations.

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What is Gameorplay.info Ads? And how does it work?

Gameorplay.info Ads is a dubious domain that floods browsers with a bunch of sponsored content such as banners, pop-ups, in-text links, and more. Most of the ads it displays are Russian content. If you find yourself getting redirected to this domain (gameorplay.info/nextpage.html) more often than not, this means that an ad-supported program or adware is most likely installed in your computer that’s been triggering the redirects to Gameorplay.info.

Security experts classify Gameorplay.info as an adware program or PUP because of the potential threat it brings to users as it can redirect you to suspicious web pages like phishing websites or malware-laden ones that could inject malware into your system. This shady domain also has the ability to gather non-personally identifiable information including OS and browser version, browsing history, websites you frequently visit, and so on. The information gathered is used to generate more targeted ads to obtain more revenue via pay-per-click marketing.

Browsing the web while the adware is still installed on your computer isn’t safe so you have to remove the adware before you continue browsing.

How does Gameorplay.info spread online?

Like pointed out, Gameorplay.info is triggered by an adware program installed on your computer. Adware programs are often distributed via software bundles offered on free sharing sites. To avoid unauthorized installation of such programs, you have to use the Custom or Advanced installation setting when you install freeware or shareware.

Refer to the instructions prepared below to remove Gameorplay.info from your computer.

Step 1: Start by opening the Control Panel. To do so, tap the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.

Step 2: Look for any suspicious program that is affiliated with Gameorplay.info and then Uninstall it.

Step 3: Close all the browsers infected with Gameorplay.info. If you’re having a hard time closing them, you can close them using the Task Manager just tap on Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

Step 4: After you open the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the infected browser’s process and end it.

Step 5: Edit your Hosts File

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
  • Go to System32/drivers/etc.
  • Open the host’s file using Notepad.
  • Delete all the entries containing Gameorplay.info.
  • After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.

Step 6: Reset all your browsers to default to their default state.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome, press Alt + F, move to More tools, and click Extensions.
  2. Look for Gameorplay.info or any other unwanted add-ons, click the Recycle Bin button, and choose Remove.
  3. Restart Google Chrome, then tap Alt + F, and select Settings.
  4. Navigate to the On Startup section at the bottom.
  5. Select “Open a specific page or set of pages”.
  6. Click the More actions button next to the hijacker and click Remove.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the browser and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
  2. In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
  3. Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
  4. Select Options and then move to the General menu.
  5. Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. Tap Alt + T and select Internet options.
  3. Click the General tab and then overwrite the URL under the homepage section.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Step 7: Hold down Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.

Step 8: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files associated with Gameorplay.info and delete it/them.

  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  • %TEMP%

Step 9: Close the File Explorer.

Step 10: Empty the Recycle Bin.

Follow the advanced instructions below to ensure the removal of Gameorplay.info as well as all the file residues it left behind.

Perform a full system scan using asr. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
  2. After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

  1. To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
  2. Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
  3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

  1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
  2. Type in the URL address, https://www.fixmypcfree.com/download.php?asr in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
  3. After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
  4. Once the installation process is completed, run asr to perform a full system scan.

  1. After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Nowbutton.

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