Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) GameLauncher


Posted: October 14, 2016

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 52
First Seen: October 13, 2016
Last Seen: June 8, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

GameLauncher is a checkers game that security experts have classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). This application may often be found in low-quality software bundles that aim to convince users to install software they might not need. The bundles that include GameLauncher also may use misleading tricks or confusing installation instructions to increase the chances that users will accept to install GameLauncher on their computers unknowingly.

Although GameLauncher is not a threatening application, some of its variants may be associated with the distribution of Trojan.Notepices, a piece of software that may modify the behavior of the user's Web browser. There are two things that this Trojan may do to make your day miserable – it will either launch your default new Web browser and open a low-quality page that hosts disturbing content, or it will open the page in a new tab if the Web browser is already active. Regardless of what scenario you experience, it goes without saying that you should take measures to uninstall GameLauncher and clean the Trojan.Notepices infection from your computer immediately.

We advise all users regardless if they were affected by this software or not, to be more careful while installing random games they found on the Web. Make sure to download your software from reputable websites, and always use anti-malware software to keep your PC protected at all times.

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