Pcgamestorrents[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is pcgamestorrents[.]com?
Pcgamestorrents[.]com is an untrustworthy Peer-to-Peer sharing website, allowing users to share content via torrent files. Aside from infringing on copyright laws, this site also poses a threat to device/user safety. pcgamestorrents[.]com uses rogue advertising networks, hence visitors to it can get redirected to various unreliable and malicious webpages. Furthermore, torrent websites often offer PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) and even trojans, ransomware and other malware - disguised as and/or packed with ordinary content. Therefore, it is strongly advised against visitors/using pcgamestorrents[.]com and other dubious download sources.
Websites that employ rogue advertising networks can redirect users to various sale-based/promotional, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious pages. These sites can be force-opened when the initial page (e.g. pcgamestorrents[.]com) is accessed, once any of the advertisements hosted and/or buttons presented in it - are clicked on. Furthermore, intrusive ads (which are often hosted on webpages that use rogue advertising networks) not only redirect to dangerous websites - some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Unwanted apps can have different unmentioned abilities and these features can be in varied combinations. PUAs can force-open untrustworthy and malicious sites. Adware-type PUAs run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e. deliver the previously described adverts, which also have the aforementioned abilities. Another type of PUAs called browser hijackers modify browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. The promoted web searchers are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate search engines. Browser hijackers can also reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers and/or restrict/deny access to the browsers' settings outright. Most PUAs (regardless of type) can track data; they monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by pcgamestorrents.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||CRDF (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Observed Domains||dl.pcgamestorrents[.]com; webdisk.pcgamestorrents[.]com; mail.pcgamestorrents[.]com|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Cpmlink.net, file-upload.com, ytbmp3.club, filez.top, magnetdl.com - are some examples of other websites that are monetized using rogue advertising networks. This is a very common monetization technique; hence, there are thousands of webpages that use it. Due to the variety of risks posed by such sites, it is expressly advised against visiting and/or using them.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This false marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing harmful and/or bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission. Some PUAs have "official" download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Since untrustworthy channels, like: unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions detected - removed without delay. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance variants of the pcgamestorrents[.]com website (GIF):
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- What is pcgamestorrents[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes pcgamestorrents[.]com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pcgamestorrents.com, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by pcgamestorrents.com 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pcgamestorrents.com, 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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pcgamestorrents.com, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by pcgamestorrents.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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