Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) GamesMuze


Posted: July 25, 2017

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 2,026
First Seen: July 25, 2017
Last Seen: December 31, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

GamesMuze is a browser extension, which is almost identical to the gamesNet Search, the Can't Stop Playing Search and the gamesZone Search. All of these products are part of the portfolio of Medianetnow.com and Bettersearchtools.com, and all of them are categorized as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) by popular anti-virus product vendors. Supposedly, the purpose of these extensions is to provide users with a convenient way to find new any interesting online games, which can be played from their Web browser directly. However, in reality, users who opt to install the GamesMuze extension will end up being asked to authorize this software to tamper with their browser's new tab page. It seems like this product is only compatible with Google Chrome so that it is impossible for users of other Web browsers to notice the minor issues GamesMuze's installation may cause.

However, Google Chrome users who install this extension may end up noticing that their default new tab page is now different. The good news is that this undesired change is not harmful, and the website GamesMuze promotes, will not expose users to harmful content. However, it may redirect their searches to a 3rd-party search engine, which they are not used to use. In this case, it appears that GamesMuze first runs the search query through Searchalgo.com, and then takes the user to a Yahoo Search results page.

If you are not happy with the features that GamesMuze offers, then you should consider removing this PUP as soon as possible. The removal of GamesMuze may not require the use of security software since this software can simply be removed from Google Chrome's settings panel.