Free Ride Games are annoying free game applications you can download from freeridegames.com. Once you install these programs, they will not stop bugging you with advertisements that are mostly about trying to make you buy the ad-free version of the games. It is also possible that some of these free games show third-party advertisements as well. Visiting the promotional website may hold certain virtual security risks since it hosts a number of potentially unreliable third-party advertisements. Reports show that not only the popularity of these games is decreasing, but their reliability as well. Research suggests that these games are becoming more and more unwanted. Although we cannot claim that these programs mean direct danger to your computer, we have labeled them as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Keeping such an application on board might cause system security issues by potentially exposing you to unreliable advertisements. We believe that your computer would be a safer place without these games. Therefore, we advise you to remove Free Ride Games from your system. Please continue reading our article to find out more about these PUPs and how they may cause issues for your operating system.
As we have already mentioned, these applications can be downloaded from freeridegames.com as free games. However, landing on this site is already annoying as a pop-up greets you that tries to push you to pay for the games to get the ad-free versions. So why name it Free Ride Games, if it is not about promoting free games really but making you pay for them right from the start? You can find over 700 games in 8 categories, including time management, hidden object, puzzle, arcade, and online games. It seems that these games actually used to be fun and free but tables have turned and now you have to pay $9.99 a month not to be annoyed by advertisements. Of course, we have got used to the fact that whatever is advertised as free has its price in one way or other. It is mostly true for ad-supported programs that may display potentially unsafe third-party ads on your screen. Clicking on these ads is always risky because you may be redirected to malicious websites.
The EULA clearly states that “The Software enables and supports the appearance of advertisements integrated within certain Games,” which, of course, makes these PUPs potentially harmful, even if indirectly. The website is a bit questionable, too, since it shows several third-party ads in your browser window. Again, these ads should not always be trusted. This kind of exposure to potentially unsafe web content is exactly what gets a lot of unsuspecting computer users into trouble. Clicking on such content may result in a malicious bundle downloading in the background or your ending up on a fake website where you may get scammed out of your money.
It is also possible that by using Free Ride Games and the website, third parties can collect information about you, i.e., spy on you. This is what the EULA reveals about this:
Using this instrument, each of the third-party advertising company (collectively - the "Companies", and each - a "Company") collects data regarding the advertisements, how long You were exposed to them as part of the Games, what is Your reaction towards the appearance of any advertisements and other related information.
This mostly happens to enable third parties to target you with customized advertisements and products. However, this information in the wrong hands can end quite badly for you. Clicking on an ad that seems related to you may well serve as bait to lure you onto malicious websites run by cyber criminals. Every scam starts with a single click on the “wrong” content. If you want to prevent such unfortunate consequences from happening, we suggest that you delete Free Ride Games from your computer.
If you are convinced that these PUPs have nothing to do on your PC and you are better off without them, we are glad to share with you that these applications have working uninstallers. They should remove Free Ride Games without a trace. Since it is possible that you are a more experienced user who wants to manually erase these annoying games, we have included manual instructions as well, as a second option down below. Please follow our guide step by step if you are not familiar with the necessary steps. If you are looking for an automated solution, we recommend that you install a reliable anti-malware application that will also protect your PC from future attacks.
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
Windows Vista and Windows 7