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What is PowerGamesNetwork ads?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that PowerGamesNetwork ads is a potentially unwanted program that behaves like adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by PowerGamesNetwork ads?

You may see these warnings during install:

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this icon in the menu-bar of the affected browser:

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and these browser extensions:

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How did PowerGamesNetwork ads get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their website:

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the Chrome extension after a redirect to the webstore:

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How do I remove PowerGamesNetwork ads?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of PowerGamesNetwork ads?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes PowerGamesNetwork ads completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this adware.
As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the PowerGamesNetwork ads adware. We protect our customers from these extensions by blocking the sites that spread them:
 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

FF Extension: (PowerGamesNetwork ads) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\{89ac12b3-2da6-423f-afdd-a755925070d9}.xpi [2019-01-23]
CHR Extension: (PowerGamesNetwork ads) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd [2019-01-23]

Significant changes made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0
       Adds the file adentify.js"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 163761 bytes, A
       Adds the file background.html"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 178 bytes, A
       Adds the file background.js"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 141102 bytes, A
       Adds the file content.js"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 46239 bytes, A
       Adds the file inimgContent.js"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 102596 bytes, A
       Adds the file install.js"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 407 bytes, A
       Adds the file intextContent.js"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 118681 bytes, A
       Adds the file intextstyle.css"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 1613 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 1955 bytes, A
       Adds the file overlay_style.css"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 14208 bytes, A
       Adds the file vsframe.js"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 21774 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 8129 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/11/2018 1:43 PM, 2860 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\img
       Adds the file close.svg"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 1594 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 12857 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 4663 bytes, A
       Adds the file info.svg"="12/7/2018 5:21 PM, 1251 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd
       Adds the file 000003.log"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd
       Adds the file 000003.log"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="1/23/2019 8:52 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\browser-extension-data\{89ac12b3-2da6-423f-afdd-a755925070d9}
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file {89ac12b3-2da6-423f-afdd-a755925070d9}.xpi"="1/23/2019 8:54 AM, 649104 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd"="REG_SZ", "7ED9D96B55E437F680A8A3077E75D7893DF1857170E08E65630A61A12972D2A7"

Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 1/23/19
Scan Time: 11:59 AM
Log File: 02c5e392-1efe-11e9-81b5-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.6.1.2711
Components Version: 1.0.482
Update Package Version: 1.0.8932
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 235728
Threats Detected: 37
Threats Quarantined: 37
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 57 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 6
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\img, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932

File: 30
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\EXTENSIONS\{89AC12B3-2DA6-423F-AFDD-A755925070D9}.XPI, Quarantined, [2180], [628539],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\img\close.svg, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\img\icon.png, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\img\icon48.png, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\img\info.svg, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\adentify.js, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\background.html, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\background.js, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\content.js, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\inimgContent.js, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\install.js, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\intextContent.js, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\intextstyle.css, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\overlay_style.css, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\8.1.1.5_0\vsframe.js, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\000003.log, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\CURRENT, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\LOCK, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\LOG, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\000003.log, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\CURRENT, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\LOCK, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\LOG, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\iclllcgfogjnjkmjepkffmnbggobdidd\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932
PUP.Optional.PowerGamesNetWorkAds, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [2180], [625498],1.0.8932

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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