I wrote this article to help you remove GamesQuest.co. This GamesQuest.co removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Browser hijacker infections are a menace. They are considered very intrusive and annoying. Dealing with a hijacker will not be a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, the fact that you are reading this article shows that you cannot get rid of the GamesQuest.co page and you are looking for help. We can help you with getting rid of it. In fact, this article is just for you. It provides all the necessary information about the GamesQuest.co hijacker. You will learn what it is, what it does, how it entered your system, and most importantly, how to remove it and prevent future infections.
The removal guide that you need is down below. However, we recommend that you read the whole text first. This way you will understand exactly what kind of parasite you are dealing with and how hazardous it is. This will give you the chance to take fast and adequate measures against it. It is crucial that you don’t procrastinate. The hijacker you are stuck with won`t disappear by itself. On the contrary. It will become more and more intrusive as time passes. Do yourself a favor and delete it before it causes you some irreversible damage.
Once the hijacker gets is, the mess-making begins. The pest starts making unauthorized changes in your browser settings. It replaces your previous homepage and search engine with the http://www.gamesquest.co/yhs/search?q= page and you cannot change it back. Every time you go online, you are forced to go through the site. It is now your search engine. You cannot make a single move without using it. The problem is that it doesn’t provide the safe and accurate search results you would hope for. What it does provide is quick access to malware. That`s right. With the hijacker on board, nothing you see on your screen is reliable. You are exposed to numerous malicious links which lead to shady pages full of parasites.
Also, most of the results you see are actually ads even though they are not marked as such. If you click, you end up visiting a suspicious site which is probably dangerous. Aside from that, your private life is not private anymore. From the moment it enters, the hijacker starts spying on you, using your browsers. It monitors your every single move and collects sensitive information which it then sends to the crooks behind it.
Imagine what will happen if the pest steals your personally identifiable and financial details and gives them to hackers. Your situation will become from bad to worse in seconds. Don’t set this scenario to unfold and protect your privacy. Once you spot the http://www.gamesquest.co/yhs/search?q=, find where the hijacker is hiding and delete it upon discovery. The page is your warning sign. Don’t ignore it. The sooner you get rid of the nasty infection, the better for both you and your system. If you delay, though, it won`t be long before you regret it.
How did the browser hijacker manage to enter your machine without you realizing? One of the most commonly used and popular infiltration methods is called freeware bundling. It is so effective because users tend to throw caution to the wind when installing programs on their machines. Hackers attach malware to other applications and if you don’t pay attention during the installation process, said malware enters your PC undisturbed. If you, however, take your time and read carefully what you are agreeing to, you will be able to spot the intruder and prevent it from entering. Just don’t rush and do your due diligence. Don’t make hackers` job easier by being negligent and making yourself an even easier target.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove GamesQuest.co from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.