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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


No, you will not get access to games directly via GamingSearch; however, you might be able to search for them using this suspicious extension. It has an integrated search engine, but it certainly does not work better than any regular search tool you can find online. In fact, one might argue that the search engine represented by the extension is dangerous to use. Perhaps you have figured that out already, and all you want to do is delete the extension quickly. Is that the case? We have a few important tips that, hopefully, will help you remove GamingSearch from your system quickly and effortlessly. And if you are not yet sure what you want to do, or if you are currently figuring out if you want to install the extension in the first place, we recommend that you continue reading as well. You will learn exactly why this seemingly harmless extension has been classified as a PUP – potentially unwanted program. Please take note of any questions that might come up, and add them to the comments section below.

According to our research team, GamingSearch could be introduced to Google Chrome users via a pop-up. This pop-up could be represented via unreliable websites, and it might redirect to The PUP could also be bundled and introduced by third-party distributors. Unfortunately, bundles are often unreliable because they package PUPs along with malware. If this is how the extension slithered in, or you were surprised to find it installed altogether, inspecting the system with a legitimate malware scanner is a must. Allow this tool to examine your system and check for any hidden threats that require removal. The scanner might find no other threats if you downloaded the extension from The installer on the Chrome Web Store implies that the extension can optimize search results, and that might be attractive to some users. However, it is important to note that the PUP is supposed to optimize Yahoo Search results, and that is a problem. Just like HDMusicStreamSearch, PDFConverterSearchHQ, and other clone PUPs, GamingSearch modifies search results.

If you do not remember installing GamingSearch at all, you might not have noticed that your default search provider has been replaced by either. This search tool does not look dangerous at all because it simply redirects to Some users might think nothing of it even if they realize that GamingSearch does not offer anything useful. They might continue believing that the results shown are somehow optimized. Well, they are optimized in a sense that they optimize third-party advertisers’ chances of receiving clicks. The PUP injects third-party links that might route to different websites and promote different products and services. Well, if the content presented matches your search queries, how dangerous could it be? That is the thing, we cannot predict that. Nothing is known about the third-party partners of the PUP, but it is clear that they can use your browsing history and preferences to show exactly what you are likely to click on. If this is exploited to expose you to unreliable content and websites, your virtual security could fall at risk.

Is GamingSearch worth the risks it might bring into your life? Only you can decide that, but our team of experts suggests that it is not. Yes, the extension can help you find games, but simply because it offers a search tool, which you can use to find anything you can think of. Of course, there is another issue with the search service, and that is that it cannot be trusted. The PUP modifies the results you see, and so trusting the service is kind of impossible. If you knew for sure that the involved parties could be trusted, perhaps you could decide to keep the extension installed, but it is impossible to know what parties are involved. So, if you wish to delete GamingSearch, you might have already seen the guide below. You certainly can use it to eliminate the PUP along with the browsing data that is associated with it. But can you ensure that your system is clear afterward? A trusted anti-malware tool can scan your system, identify all threats, perform the removal, and also rebuild security. If you have not yet considered installing such a tool, we suggest that you do it now.

GamingSearch Removal

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Access the Chrome menu by tapping Alt+F keys.
  3. Click More tools and then select Extensions.
  4. Remove the undesirable extension.
  5. Tap Alt+F keys and click More tools once more.
  6. Select Clear browsing data this time.
  7. Move to the Advanced section in the menu.
  8. Pick a time range and boxes.
  9. Click the Clear data button below.
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