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Ads by FutureGames

Also Known As: FutureGames adware
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is FutureGames?

FutureGames is presented as a legitimate app that supposedly improves the Internet browsing experience by rendering various interactive content such as, graphics, text, etc.

On initial inspection, this functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, FutureGames is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP), since it infiltrates systems without users' permission, displays various intrusive online advertisements, and collects Internet browsing-related information.

FutureGames adware

The types of advertisements delivered by FutureGames include banners, pop-ups, interstitial, price comparison, coupon, and in-text ads. These may seem harmless, however, none originate from the visited websites. Most redirect to various e-commerce websites (such as online stores), however, they can also redirect to bogus sites containing infectious content.

Therefore, clicking them might lead to further computer infections. To achieve this infiltration, developers employ a virtual layer, which allows placement of third party graphical content (ads) on any visited websites.

In addition, FutureGames gathers various data that might contain personally identifiable details including Internet Protocol (IP), website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other collected data. These details are later shared with third party companies who can misuse them to generate revenue.

Thus, having FutureGames installed on your system can lead to various privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are concerned with your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall FutureGames adware immediately.

This adware is identical to the Istreamer, Kikblaster, PrintOnKeyFlashBeat, and LolliScan apps. All claim to provide various useful features, however, none (including FutureGames) provide any real value for users.

Adware-type applications are designed to generate revenue by displaying intrusive online advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collecting personal data (which is later sold to third party companies).

How did FutureGames install on my computer?

Developers distribute FutureGames using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps with the chosen software). Therefore, this app usually infiltrates systems without users' permission. Research shows that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software.

For this reason, the developers intentionally hide installation of bogus apps within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Unaware of this, many users rush the download/installation processes and skip most steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs (PUP).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent infiltration of apps such as FutureGames, be attentive when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each step and opt-out of all third-party applications included. Furthermore, safe download/installation can be only performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any PUPs hidden within this section and allow you to cancel them.

Deceptive free software installer used in FutureGames adware distribution:

futuregames adware installer

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Quick menu:

FutureGames adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

FutureGames adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "FutureGames", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes FutureGames ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove FutureGames adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, FutureGames did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing FutureGames ads from Internet Explorer step 1

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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing FutureGames ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the futuregames adware, 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 FutureGames  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing FutureGames ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the futuregames adware, 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 FutureGames ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing FutureGames ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with futuregames adware 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the futuregames adware, 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 adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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