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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Gamesquest Extension

Gamesquest is a browser extension that is supposed to help you access free online games. However, the Gamesquest extension does not enhance your game searchers. Instead, it changes the browser settings of the Chrome browser so that you are provided with modified Yahoo search results. The extension is promoted on its official website gamequest.co and is also available through the Chrome store. Additionally, the Gamesquest extension may be spread by software bundles and pop-up advertisements offering you to install Gamesquest. Due to the practice of distribution employed, the extension is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which can and should be removed from the computer.

Upon installation, the Gamesquest extension alters the default search engine of the browser. If you have a look at the search engine section in the browser settings, you will find that Gamesquest has taken control of your search settings. All search queries made after installing the Gamesquest extensions are directed through gamesquest.co/yhs/search?p=[search term] to retrieve Yahoo-based search results. You might not suspect that a search result page may contain some purposely added links to malicious websites. A single click may lead to a harmful website, on which you might be tricked into providing your personal information or downloading malicious software. Scenarios may differ, but you should be aware of potential hoax when dealing with a search provider that has been set instead of your default search engine. In order to prevent adverse consequences, consider removing the Gamesquest extension, especially if you have not installed it yourself or had no intention of installing it.

The Gamesquest extension is programmed to change proxy settings. A proxy server is a server that functions as a intermediary between the computer used to connect to the Internet. Very often, people use a proxy to connect to specific websites or conceal their identity, or rather their actual IP address, because only the IP of the proxy employed is accessible. Security specialist point out that it is important to use reliable proxies so that no damage is caused. For example, some open proxies may display advertisements before you access the website requested. If you have noticed some questionable advertisements are displayed after having the home page changed, the odds are that those ads are displayed due to the changes of proxy settings. It is also important to note that using unreliable proxy servers might lead to data losses, which may occur if someone responsible for the maintenance of the proxy works irresponsibly.

Additionally, the Gamesquest extension may be collecting some information about your browsing behavior, which is a typical feature or browser extensions. The browser application is likely to record your search terms, URLs clicked, advertisements viewed, and some other information related to you search sessions. Such information is usually said to be targeted for marketing purposes. The data collected is processed so that some tendencies are determined and new strategies created.

If you have already experienced the drawbacks of the Gamesquest extension and want to get rid of it, we recommend taking immediate action. In order to fix your browser, it is necessary to restore your former proxy setting, remove Gamesquest and reset the browser. You can do so with the help of the removal guide provided below. Bear in mind that you can have the Gamesquest extension removed by antimalware. A powerful malware removal tool is highly advisable so that you can browse the Internet safely. Even after removing the unsolicited extension manually, you should scan the system to make sure that your operating system is not affected by any other infections.

Fix Google Chrome settings

Restore proxy settings

  1. Click the menu button (three horizontal lines or three dots, depending on the version).
  2. Click Settings.
  3. In the latest version, scroll down to the System section and click Open proxy settings. For older versions, find the Network section and click the Change proxy settings.
  4. In the Internet Properties window, on the Connections tab, click LAN settings.
  5. Deselect the box under the heading Proxy server.
  6. Click OK.

Remove Gamesquest Extension

  1. Click the menu button.
  2. Select More tools (or Tools in older versions) and click Extensions.
  3. Remove Gamesquest.

Reset Google Chrome

  1. Click the menu button.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Move down to the very bottom of the scroll-down menu and click Reset under the heading Reset.
  4. Confirm your selection by clicking Reset in the prompt window.
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