Easy Gaming App browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Easy Gaming App?
Easy Gaming App is the name of an application designed to provide easy access to various online games. In fact, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. Typically, apps of this type promote the address of a fake search engine and gather browsing data. In most cases, people download and install browser hijackers inadvertently. Note that Easy Gaming App is installed together with another PUA called Hide My Searches.
Easy Gaming App promotes search.easygamingapptab.com (the address of a fake search engine) by assigning it to browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Typically these settings cannot be undone or changed as long as the browser hijacker is installed on the browser and/or computer. Therefore, users of Easy Gaming App are forced to visit search.easygamingapptab.com when they open a browser/new window, new tab or enter a search query into the URL bar. To remove search.easygamingapptab.com from the settings and avoid being forced to visit this address, users must uninstall Easy Gaming App. Note that search.easygamingapptab.com is fake, since it does not generate any unique results - users are provided with results generated by Yahoo. I.e., search.easygamingapptab.com simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com. Furthermore, browser hijackers often collect information relating to users' browsing habits such as IP addresses, addresses of opened/visited web pages, entered search queries, geolocations, and so on. Some browser hijackers also gather personal, sensitive) data. The developers misuse the data to generate revenue, or sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who also misuse it for the same purpose.
|Name||Easy Gaming App|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), AVG (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/OpenDownloadManager), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Easy Gaming App|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly provides access to various online games.|
|Serving IP Address (search.easygamingapptab.com)||18.104.22.168|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated internet browser settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the internet using their search engines.|
|Additional Information||Easy Gaming App is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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There is a strong possibility that an installed browser hijacker will cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft. Typically, developers advertise these apps as useful, legitimate, and so on, however, few browser hijackers operate as advertised (they deliver no useful features or any other value). They are designed only to perform actions to help the developers to generate revenue. Some examples of other browser hijackers are Utilitool, Converter King and Free Converter Tool.
How did Easy Gaming App install on my computer?
In some cases PUAs are downloaded/installed through clicked intrusive ads, however, it mostly happens during download/installation of other software. I.e., when they are included into various download and/or installation set-ups. This distribution method is called "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing several apps through a single setup. In most cases, offers to download/install additional apps can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of set-ups. Many people leave the settings unchanged, thereby allowing additionally-included apps to be downloaded and/or installed through the set-ups of programs that people wish to download and install.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Do not use unofficial, dubious websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers or other sources of this kind to download or install software or files. Use only official websites. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of the download/installation setups, since they often contain offers to download or install unwanted software. Intrusive advertisements that are displayed on dubious pages can lead other untrustworthy websites or cause download/installation of unwanted apps. Therefore, do not click them. When a browser opens dubious websites and/or displays unwanted ads automatically, it can usually be stopped by removing all unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins. It might also be necessary to apply this to programs of this type that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Easy Gaming App, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Easy Gaming App browser hijacker:
Easy Gaming App browser hijacker installer:
Easy Gaming App asking permission to read and change various data:
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- What is Easy Gaming App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Easy Gaming App application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.easygamingapptab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Easy Gaming App browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.easygamingapptab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.easygamingapptab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Easy Gaming App browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Easy Gaming App"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.easygamingapptab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Easy Gaming App browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.easygamingapptab.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Easy Gaming App".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.easygamingapptab.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Easy Gaming App" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Easy Gaming App" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.easygamingapptab.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "hxxp://search.easygamingapptab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.easygamingapptab.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Easy Gaming App", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Easy Gaming App" or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.easygamingapptab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with search.easygamingapptab.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.easygamingapptab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.easygamingapptab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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