What is GamesLava

It is a vicious adware that displays unpleasant Ads by GamesLava advertisements on screen. This program uses unfair methods of installation such as software bundling and automated downloads. That is why most victims are unaware when their PC is hit by this malware. However, once it affects your machine, it causes bunch of spamful ads to appear.

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In daily life, everyone is used to see random promotional-ads on Internet. But the Ads by GamesLava are a bit different. They are actually linked to harmful websites which are property of cyber criminals (spammers/hackers). Infact the main purpose of this malicious app is to promote certain webpages that contain misleading information. Visiting such sites may cause you severe harms such as privacy issues or receiving additional viruses.

This nasty app will generate tons of pop-up windows causing you to see Ads by GamesLava popups all the time. It may display promotions of featured online or downloadable games, toolbar or similar applications. You must remember that clicking any ad or link of Ads by GamesLava will redirect you to malicious websites therefor avoid to click any banner, in-text or popup ad brought by Games Lava. Besides displaying those adverts, it even tracks your browser activities and steals sensitive information that may include contact details and even credit cards, logins and password stored in web forms. After gathering enough data, the stolen info is sent to the creators of this malware. All this process happens stealthily in the background so you wont be able to notice it.

What are Symptoms and possible risks of having Ads by GamesLava virus

  • It causes unstoppable pop-up or pop-under windows filled with advertisements
  • Frequent toolbars and gaming applications may get downloaded without your permission
  • System performance may decrease and Internet may run super slower then usual
  • You may find ads matching with your interests, this happens because the malware already has knowledge of your favorites and interests because it is tracking your activities
  • It may cause data loss, identity theft, loss of money or cyber attacks on your system
  • Although Ads by GamesLava is mostly installed on a computer against user`s will, though it has its own official webpage where anyone can download it. You are strongly recommended to be careful when installing or surfing the Internet to avoid accidental or intentional installation of such malicious programs.

    How to get rid of Ads by GamesLava virus

    To manually remove this, you must be aware of what you are going to do.
    1: Go to Control Panel and find the Programs and Feature or Uninstall Programs wizard.
    Inside the programs list, find out any suspicious browser add on, toolbar and click Uninstall.

    2: Now go to your web browser`s settings (Chrome, Firefox, Internet explorer).
    Navigate to Extensions and also to Plugins and then Uninstall any suspicious or unknown file that you did not intentionally install.

    3: Open Documents and Settings folder (Usually Located in C: or windows installation drive), remove/delete any folder or files linked to Ads by GamesLava

    Automatic Removal

    To remove this malware using automated process, Following tools are advised to be used:

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