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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

NetGaming Search

NetGaming Search is a new browser extension that has emerged in a growing family of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). This family also includes MusicNet Start, MusicNet Search, and MoviesNet Search, which are basically all identical tools with a slightly different feature. This particular PUP offer you a search website with easy access to an online music store where you can listen to all kinds of music. However, you do not actually need such a questionable tool to be able to do so as you can simply bookmark any page that you like or would like to have one click away. Since this PUP may enter you system alongside malware infections in deceptive ways, we believe that it is best for you to remove NetGaming Search from your browser.

In all fairness, we must mention that this PUP can be officially installed via its promotional page, medianetnow.com, and its Chrome web store page, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/netgaming-search/hhkjmcppnpikbcnnjbmhggbcjhdkhpcm. Its official page is rather simple. In fact, you can only find a list of five very similar media extensions to install from the same creators. While there may be thousands of users who have already installed this and the other tools through these official channels, we are sure that there are more who installed them unknowingly or by being a bit careless.

Our research clearly shows that this PUP can be found in free software packages as well. This means that schemers may include it in questionable bundles to spread it with other PUPs or even malware infections (browser hijackers, ransomware programs, keyloggers, and adware apps). Obviously, when you install such a package, you could easily harm your system by letting such a lot on board. This is why you need to be extra careful every time you are about to install a bundle. Even if you download it off of a legitimate website, you need to make sure that you are aware of the whole content and that all the additional tools and applications are legitimate and useful. This also means that you should read the license agreement and all installation screens carefully. You may also need to select the advanced or custom installation option when or if offered. Otherwise, you may end up having to delete NetGaming Search and all kinds of other threats. No wonder why we suggest that you run a reliable malware scanner after you remove NetGaming Search from your computer.

If you want to become a safer web surfer, you should avoid questionable websites that offer suspicious third-party ads and disguised content like fake buttons (download and navigational). These sites generally include file sharing, online gaming, betting, dating, and porn-related pages. Whenever you land on such a page, even if accidentally, you should close the tab or window right away without engaging with any content on these pages. You should also refrain from downloading free programs from questionable sources and clicking on third-party ads in general if you would like to protect your computer.

This PUP provides you with a small pop-up window that you can display if you click on its icon in your Google Chrome taskbar, possibly next to the menu icon. This pop-up lets you search online games from cantstopplaying.com and also offers you several trending games. However, we have found these games quite low quality, not to mention that this promoted page is filled with questionable third-party ads as well. This browser extension also changes your default search engine to play.eanswers.com, which is unreliable. It also does something to your homepage and new tab page settings since you will not see the usual default search box anymore, which may push you to use the address bar as a search box and thus you could be redirected to manipulated search results pages.

In fact, this PUP redirects all your queries to Yahoo search results pages, which could be filled with potentially unreliable third-party ads and links. If you were to engage with such content, you could harm your system even more by dropping further infections or you could lose money from your bank account if you land on a fake or malicious website as the consequence of your click. This is why we recommend that you act now and remove NetGaming Search from your computer.

If you are ready to act, we are here with the solution. Open the Extensions Manager of your Google Chrome browser and simply remove the unwanted extension to put an end to the potential threats coming from this PUP. You can use our instructions below if you are not sure how to do this. Remember that this PUP may not be the only threat on your computer. It is more likely that there are other threats as well, including malicious ones, too. Therefore, we suggest that you use a professional anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter, to automatically eliminate all existing infections and potential threats as well as to protect your PC from future ones.

How to remove NetGaming Search from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F to open the menu.
  2. Select More tools.
  3. Open Extensions.
  4. Locate the unwanted extension and press the Trash icon.
  5. Select Remove in the confirmation window.
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