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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts

iWin Games

iWin Games has been classified as potentially unwanted program. It is not a malicious application and it will not damage your computer. However, we have heard that this application may show unreliable third-party advertisements, so all of you security-minded users might want to remove it. Cyber security should never be taken for granted. You should always make sure that the applications you use and the websites you visit are reliable. The fact is that iWin Games displays ads casts a shadow over its legitimacy, yet many users still use this application. So let us see if there is something new worth knowing about it.

Some of you might be familiar with its website Iwin.com. The website features browser-based games and it also hosts game downloads that require you to install a dedicated download manager, which is fine by us. The website and the application is owned by a company titled iWin, Inc, which is located in San Francisco, Calif. Unfortunately that is all of the information we know regarding the application’s origins. But to our knowledge iWin’s games might be hosted on third-party websites as well.

Let us say that you are browsing through Iwin.com, looking for a game. You stumble upon a game that you like, and click “Play Now.” The setup will then be downloaded. When you run the setup it will download the Download Manager, which you can agree to install. Once the downloader is installed, it will begin downloading the actual game. Before the game begins installing you will be offered to install an iWin Games ToolbarOnce for Firefox and Internet Explorer. You will also be offered to change your default homepage to Yahoo.com. Whether or not you want to get these things is completely up to you. Once the game is downloaded you will be able to enjoy ad-sponsored gaming.

The ads will not be shown on your browser. As far as we know, they should be shown on the game’s window while it is running. But during the research we did not encounter any advertisements. Perhaps the ads appear only occasionally or only on certain games or they are just inactive for the time being. We regard iWin Games as potentially unwanted, because we have received information that its ads come as fictitious Java, and Flash updates that actually install adware programs that display even more ads.

So all things considered iWin Games deserves to be called potentially unwanted. You should not take this application at face value, because that might lead to undesirable consequences. Still, we cannot downplay the fact that the program might show commercial ads. If you are not too bothered by these things then you can keep iWin Games and play its games as much as you like, but if you are concerned about the unreliable ads, then you should remove this application in a timely manner.

Remove iWin Games from windows

Windows XP

  1. Click Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find iWin Games-related applications and click Remove.

Windows Vista & 7

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Find iWin Games-related applications and click Uninstall.

Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. Tap the Windows key+R.
  2. Type Control Panel in the dialog box and click OK.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Find iWin Games-related applications and click Uninstall.

Restore your browser’s settings

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet Options.
  2. Open the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Select the Checkbox.
  4. Click Reset and then click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Reset Firefox.
  3. In the dialog box, click Reset Firefox.
  4. Click Finish.
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How to manually remove iWin Games

Files associated with iWin Games infection:

iWinTrusted.exe
DesktopAlerts.exe
iWinGamesHookIE.dll
iWinGames.exe
iWinArcadeAutocleanup.bat
iWinGamesInstaller.exe

iWin Games DLL's to remove:

iWinGamesHookIE.dll

iWin Games processes to kill:

iWinGamesInstaller.exe
iWinTrusted.exe
DesktopAlerts.exe
iWinGames.exe
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