Are you tired of the online games you play every day? If you are, GameSearchMedia might seem to offer a solution. After all, isn’t it a tool that should help you search for new games? Well, you should not pay attention to the names of extensions in all cases. That is because they can be misleading. In fact, this particular extension has nothing to do with gaming at all. It hijacks the default search provider, but only to redirect users’ searches to search.yahoo.com. Where is the problem with that? We explain that further in our report, but note that you should never trust suspicious extensions that redirect searches to popular search engines and claim to present optimized or enhanced search results. If you are not yet sure why you should delete GameSearchMedia from Google Chrome, you should keep reading. If you are ready to remove the PUP (potentially unwanted program), you can move to the last section.
As soon as we started researching GameSearchMedia, it became painfully obvious that this is just another clone of such extensions as IncognitoSearchPro, TopSportsSearch, or BestConverterSearch. They all offer the same useless service, and they are even introduced in the same way via the Chrome Web Store. The installers of these PUPs are, of course, found on different pages. The PUP we are discussing today can be found at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gamesearchmedia/lcbnfpoaclbdkoleoamnfmnioecdbabf. Is this where you downloaded the PUP from? If it is, you know that it reads browsing history and changes search settings. Are you comfortable with that? Of course, many legitimate and trustworthy services have access to browsing data in one way or another, and so you might assume that all tools have the right to access it. Well, you should pay attention to what kind of information you share and make available to unknown parties. Did you know that the creator of GameSearchMedia can even record personally identifiable information? Did you know that they can share it with undisclosed third-party partners?
Feed.gamesearchmedia.com is the search tool that takes over the default search provider after you install the PUP, but it is a stretch to identify it as a search tool at all. In fact, it is a redirector, and so its main job is to redirect your searches. Unfortunately, GameSearchMedia redirects to Yahoo Search, and many Chrome users are likely to be comfortable with this search provider. Well, you should not trust the search results introduced via this provider. Why? That is because the PUP injects sponsored links among normal results, and because little is known about the parties whose links are injected, we cannot recommend trusting the service. On the contrary, we recommend deleting the PUP. In fact, there is no reason not to get rid of this extension simply because it offers nothing. It does not provide you with any useful tools, it does not help you search the web in a more efficient way, and it has nothing to do with gaming!
Surely, you want to remove GameSearchMedia from your Google Chrome browser, and if you do, you need to decide how you are going to approach the situation. Are you planning on deleting this PUP manually? If you are, use the guide below, and you will have the PUP erased and the related browsing data cleared within a minute. Are you thinking about employing an automated anti-malware tool? If you know that other threats exist (use a malware scanner to check that), if you do not want to deal with the manual removal of the PUP, or if you are concerned about the security of your operating system, it is strongly advised that you install a trusted anti-malware program as soon as possible. This program will ensure that all threats are eliminated and your system is protected. Do you still have questions about the PUP or its removal? We are happy to answer them all via the comments section.