[toggle heading=”What is Games Bot?”]Games Bot (also called GamesBot or Games Bot virus) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is promoted as a program you can use to download Shockwave games to your computer. Games Bot and distributors who promote the program may take advantage of deceptive tactics to infiltrate a computer system without user knowledge. Games Bot and additional objects that it may bundle with are known to cause issues for computer and internet users, such as decreased computer performance. Furthermore, it can access user browsing data (such as all activities, bookmarks, and history) and inject websites with targeted advertisements based off of user browsing data.

Games Bot

Games Bot creates and schedules several tasks on Windows Task Scheduler called GB Runner, GB Update, and more. The GB Runner task will start the unwanted program every time you log into Windows. It will also periodically check to see if Games Bot is running, and if it is not, the tasks will launch the program. The second task, GB Update, will run every 6 hours and download new configurations or instructions for gbRunner to use.

Games Bot is not technically defined as a computer virus, but the program is still a threat or the sign of a serious computer infection. Potential Games Bot malware has been identified to positively download and install alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including Browse Pax and MediaPlayerVid1. This means that it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions to stop all unwanted activities. Apart from manually eradicating the program and others that it bundles with, files may remain undetected to the average computer user. That is why it is recommended to use a reputable anti-malware product to remove Games Bot and malicious files that it installs alongside with.

The Games Bot extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Read and change your browsing history.
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Manage your downloads.

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[toggle heading=”How does Games Bot get onto a computer?”]Games Bot adware is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more. The image below shows that it was advertised by popular freeware.

Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install Games Bot adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

In some cases, Games Bot and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.[/toggle]

Games Bot (Removal Guide)

Step 1: Remove Games Bot add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall Games Bot

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for Games Bot by PlayMyVid and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential Games Bot malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Games Bot malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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