AnyGameSearch browser hijacker removal instructions
What is AnyGameSearch?
AnyGameSearch is designed to promote a fake search engine (the anygamesearch.com address) by modifying certain browser settings. Therefore, that is the main reason why this app is classified as a browser hijacker. Also, it is possible that this app is designed to collect information related to user's browsing activities as well. Browser hijackers are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because most users download and install them unintentionally.
As a rule, apps like AnyGameSearch hijack browsers by changing address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab to an address of some fake search engine. This particular app changes those settings to anygamesearch.com. It means that it makes sure that this address would be visited/opened when users open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Anygamesearch.com is a fake search engine mainly because it does not generate its own results, it provides results generated by Yahoo instead (redirects users to search.yahoo.com). It is common that users cannot remove address of a fake search engine from browser settings/change it to any other address as long as a browser hijacker is installed on a browser (and/or computer). Furthermore, browser hijackers can be (and often are) designed to collect various browsing data. For example, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations and other data of this kind. However, there can be browser hijackers that are designed to collect sensitive information. Moreover, collected information could be sold by their developers to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, having a browser hijacked by such apps may cause problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (anygamesearch.com)||184.108.40.206|
|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.|
|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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More examples of browser hijackers are Smooth Search Tab, ConvertItSearch and AnyStationSearch. As a rule, their main purpose is to promote some fake search engine by changing browser settings. It is common that even if such apps are advertised as useful, legitimate, they do not improve browsing experience, include any features and/or are useful in any other way. They are designed to generate revenue for their developers and can cause problems to their users.
How did AnyGameSearch install on my computer?
One of the most popular ways to distribute PUAs is to integrate them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as extra offers. As a rule, such offers can be found in "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings of setups. However, it is common that users download and/or install programs without checking (and changing) those settings. When those settings are left unchanged, included PUAs get a permission to be downloaded and/or installed as well. This distribution method is called "bundling". Also, sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements. Although, it happens only when users click ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Downloads and installations should not be finished without checking (and changing, if necessary) "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings. It is common that such settings can be used to decline offers to download and/or install additionally included, unwanted software. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g, torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, and other similar download, installation tools, channels should not be used to download or install any software. Software (and files) should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Ads that are displayed on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other pages of this kind should not be clicked as well. They can be designed to open various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or cause downloads (or even installations) of unwanted applications. If some suspicious, unwanted, unknown extension, plug-in or add-on is installed on a web browser, then it should be removed. The same applies to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with AnyGameSearch, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Anygamesearch.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
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- What is AnyGameSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall AnyGameSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove AnyGameSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove anygamesearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove anygamesearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove anygamesearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
AnyGameSearch 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, "AnyGameSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the anygamesearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
AnyGameSearch browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "AnyGameSearch" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, 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 "AnyGameSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.anygamesearch.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 "anygamesearch.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 anygamesearch.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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "AnyGameSearch", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
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 "AnyGameSearch", remove hxxp://anygamesearch.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 anygamesearch.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 anygamesearch.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.
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://anygamesearch.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 "AnyGameSearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the anygamesearch.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.
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 anygamesearch.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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