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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


TheGameSearcher is not a browser extension you should install even though 47 870 users have already installed it directly from the Chrome Web Store because it is not exactly what it seems to be. This piece of software is promoted as a useful tool that allows users to access a collection of online games and play them for free. Users need to type “game” and press TAB to activate the search. Without a doubt, some users find TheGameSearcher useful, whereas others decide to remove it right away, but what stays unchanged is that it is the same potentially unwanted program in all the cases. Unfortunately, we cannot call this extension fully reliable. Of course, it is not a harmful malicious application either, but you should disable it without further consideration if you find it on the list of active Google Chrome extensions. The next two paragraphs of this article contain more information about TheGameSearcher. Read them both carefully if you do not know whether you should remove this extension from your web browser or not.

No matter you download and install TheGameSearcher from the Chrome Web Store, its official website, or it manages to affect your browser without your knowledge, it acts the same in all the cases. First, it changes the default search tool making the preferred user’s page gone. Because of this, when users activate the search tool TheGameSearcher promotes and use it to find the information on the web, their all searches go through http://feed.thegamesearcher.com/ before they see Yahoo! search results on their screens. Because of this, some search results might be modified. These modified search results are not malicious, but if you click on them, you might one day end up on a website that promotes untrustworthy applications, contains malicious links opening external websites, or wants to obtain certain personal details. Even though not all modified search results promote dubious websites, you might be one of unfortunate users who end up on them, so you should be very careful if you use the search tool set by TheGameSearcher. If you are sure you are not going to use it, there is no point in keeping active potentially unwanted program either. Read this article until the very end if you have never deleted an undesirable browser extension before and, consequently, do not know where to start.

If you let TheGameSearcher stay, you should know that this piece of software also automatically collects certain details about users. As indicated in its Privacy Policy document, the non-personally identifiable information it records consists of technical information automatically sent by the device used, for example, the type of the user’s device, language preferences, IP address, the operating system type, Internet Service Provider, and more. Even though all these listed details cannot identify users personally, they might be disclosed to third parties, e.g. media networks and retailers. Unfortunately, it is unclear what they will do with this data. Because of this, we suggest that you do not let this potentially unwanted application gather information about you.

Potentially unwanted programs might be spread in software bundles and get installed on users’ computers next to other programs; however, in this case, it is more likely that you have installed TheGameSearcher on your computer by clicking on a pop-up advertisement promoting it, or you have downloaded it yourself from the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/thegamesearcher/cafloompkfpcfoonhijmekcogofdjoah) or its official website (thegamesearcher.com). You already know that potentially unwanted programs might be promoted by pop-ups or travel in software bundles, but, unfortunately, there are no guarantees that it will be enough to have this knowledge to prevent these suspicious applications from entering the system in the future. Because of this, there must be security software enabled on your computer 24/7 no matter how experienced you are.

If you have not found TheGameSearcher beneficial, you do not know why you have it installed on your PC, or you simply do not like it, you can easily get rid of it through the add-ons manager. Of course, if you have never done that before, you, most likely, do not know where to start. In such a case, use our manual removal guide to delete the undesirable extension manually. If this procedure turns out to be too complicated for you, you should use an automated malware remover to make your system clean.

Remove TheGameSearcher

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Click More tools.
  4. Open Extensions.
  5. Select TheGameSearcher.
  6. Click the trash button.
  7. Click Remove.
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