Read this post to learn how to remove VideoGame Area ads “virus” from your computer and stop adverts from appearing in the future as well.
New ad-supported software, going by the name of VideoGame Area has been reported to be slithered onto unsuspecting users’ PC’s, causing them to slow down by cramping the desktop up with various types of ads. The software, also known as PUA (potentially unwanted application) has been reported to display various types of ads leading to third-party websites, based on what you search for online. However, since those sites may even be malicious in some cases, experts reccomend removing it from your computer.
What is the VideoGame Area Adware Program ?
In general adware programs just like VideoGame Area Adware have been around for quite some time. Their primary goal is to display different types of advertisements to get you to click on them. This happens while the program is actively running on your computer. Adware programs, generally exist on web browsers of computers or if they are directly installed on them, but they can also be spotted on mobile devices too.
The goal of programs like VideoGame Area Adware is to convince the user that it helps with something legitimate, like providing advertisements to help you find what you are looking for at the lowest online price or help you with any other online activity. These usually fake solutions result in cramping your system with ads and may even lead you to phishing web pages that aim to gather your information if you type it. We are talking about credit card numbers, financial data and several other types of info.
What Types of Adware are There?
Usually most hackers who are behind suspicious adware programs, like VideoGame Area Adware aim to make it as difficult as possible to remove their program. But they often give away it’s name by stating it in the pop-ups displayed, for example “Ads by VideoGame Area” on one of the sides of the pop-up or banner or if you drag your mouse over the advertisement.
Another way by which you may detect if you are about to have adware on your computer is to catch it while being installed. Adware programs like _ are usually being spread via third-party programs. The third-party software’s installers can be with included programs that are advertised as free bonus software or other seemingly useful code. However, the VideoGame Area Adware can present a potential harm to your computer and this is why experts often recommend to remove programs like it immediately.
How to Spot VideoGame Area Adware and Remove It?
Since detection of the VideoGame Area Adware program can be a tricky process, because most of the files it creates are concealed in different Windows locations, removal of it may be a tricky process. You can try to locate it’s suspicious web browser extensions on your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or other browser and you can try to uninstall it from the Programs and Features menu in Windows. However, this does not guarantee that the program won’t be back after this, like it usually happens with such software. This is the main reason why an adware-specific removal program should be used to scan for and delete all of the objects related to VideoGame Area Adware from your computer system.
Booting in Safe Mode
1) Hold Windows Key and R
2) A run Window will appear, in it type “msconfig” and hit Enter
3) After the Window appears go to the Boot tab and select Safe Boot
Cut out VideoGame Area in Task Manager
1) Press CTRL+ESC+SHIFT at the same time.
2) Locate the “Processes” tab.
3) Locate the malicious process of VideoGame Area, and end it’s task by right-clicking on it and clicking on “End Process”
Eliminate VideoGame Area‘s Malicious Registries
For most Windows variants:
1) Hold Windows Button and R.
2) In the “Run” box type “Regedit” and hit “Enter”.
3) Hold CTRL+F keys and type VideoGame Area or the file name of the malicious executable of the virus which is usually located in %AppData%, %Temp%, %Local%, %Roaming% or %SystemDrive%.
4) After having located malicious registry objects, some of which are usually in the Run and RunOnce subkeys delete them ermanently and restart your computer. Here is how to find and delete keys for different versions.
For Windows 7: Open the Start Menu and in the search type and type regedit –> Open it. –> Hold CTRL + F buttons –> Type VideoGame Area Virus in the search field.
Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Hit Enter -> Press CTRL + F buttons. Type VideoGame Area in the search field.