Uninstall Easy Gaming App from the browser and operating system

Also Known As: search.easygamingapptab.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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.

search.easygamingapptab.com browser hijacker

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.

Threat Summary:
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.
Promoted URL search.easygamingapptab.com
Serving IP Address (search.easygamingapptab.com) 3.214.7.150
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.
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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:

Website used to promote Easy Gaming App browser hijacker

Easy Gaming App browser hijacker installer:

Official Easy Gaming App browser hijacker installation setup

Easy Gaming App asking permission to read and change various data:

easy gaming app wants to access data

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Quick menu:

Easy Gaming App browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

search.easygamingapptab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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".

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing search.easygamingapptab.com from Mozilla Firefox 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 Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

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 Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

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