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What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #44,172
United States Rank #30,445
Reach 0.0021%


VersionDistribution 24.14% 41.38% 34.48%


What is GameFlake?

GameFlake is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner and in-text link advertisements) web browser plugin distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page and search settings.

About  (from Pinball)

The Software will display to you targeted Web sites and/or advertisements that are hosted by third parties ("Third Party Hosted Advertisements"). These Third Party Hosted Advertisements may place cookies on your hard drive and use the cookies to tailor delivery of content to you by profiling your use of a site or adver...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named GameFlakeSACB.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 1.29 MB (1,349,864 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Delivers various 'optional' bundled software during install
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • May modify the web browser's home page
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in GameFlake.
GameFlakeSACB.exe (6061bb2e2543de4c7fc2f10a12251380) has been flagged by the following 14 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2013.03.04 Trojan/Win32.HDC
Avira AntiVir Adware/Agent.274944.10
avast! 2014.9-130613 Win32:HotBar-CB [Adw]
AVG 2014.0.3467 Generic5
Bitdefender Gen:[email protected]
Comodo Security 15449 UnclassifiedMalware
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:[email protected]
F-Secure 11.2013-13-06_5 Gen:[email protected]
G Data 13.6.22 Gen:[email protected]
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper
Malwarebytes v2013.06.13.01 Adware.Shopper
SUPERAntiSpyware 10554 Adware.Agent/Gen-Pinball
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.164 TROJ_GEN.RCBH1AH
VIPRE Antivirus 15848 Pinball Corporation
GameFlakeUninstaller.exe (16ce1a945579b75cde5005ded3f659a2) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir TR/NSIS.Bar.A.17
avast! 6.0.1289.0 NSIS:HotBar-A [Adw]
AVG Zango
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.Generic.338442
Comodo Security 14755 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Shopper.302
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Win32.Shopper.AMN (A)
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/Shopper
F-Secure 9.0.17090.0 Adware.Generic.338442
G Data 22 Adware.Generic.338442
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper
Jiangmin 13.0.900 AdWare/Shopper.dt
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper.aad
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2012.9.22.155 Win32.Malware.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5.400.0.1158 Artemis!16CE1A945579
McAfee-GW-Edition 2012.1 Artemis!16CE1A945579
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.338442
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Shopper.bbgcqq
Norman 6.08.06 W32/App_Generic.ATAAS.dropper
Panda Antivirus Trj/CI.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.RCBB1LL
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Shopper.aad
gameflakeSAHook.dll (7e32829074065068901dfd8de2dfacab) has been flagged by the following 21 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir Adware/Hotbar.GT.14
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.Shopper
AVG Skodna.Generic_r.M
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.HotBar.S
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.Hotbar.GT
Comodo Security 16923 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Shopper.312
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Hotbar.GT (B)
ESET-NOD32 8789 a variant of Win32/Adware.HotBar.S
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.Hotbar.GT
G Data 22 Adware.Hotbar.GT
IKARUS anti.virus T3. AdWare.Win32.HotBar
Jiangmin 16.0.100 AdWare/Shopper.du
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes Adware.HotBar.GF
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.9800 Adware:Win32/Hotbar
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Hotbar.GT
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32..bczajp
Sophos 4.91.0 Hotbar
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.RCBH1B6
VIPRE Antivirus 21398 Hotbar
gameflakeSA.exe (e131753c5fea7a7337d3466f49fb6a26) has been flagged by the following 17 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost Adware.Agent!aak2u51Aeag
Avira AntiVir TR/HotBarBZ.A.12
avast! 6.0.1289.0 Win32:HotBar-BZ [Adw]
Bitdefender 7.2 Application.Generic.494430
Comodo Security 15848 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Zango.15
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Win32.180Solutions.AMN (A)
ESET-NOD32 8202 probably a variant of Win32/Adware.180Solutions
F-Prot W32/180Solutions.D.gen!Eldorado
F-Secure 11.0.19020.35 Application.Generic.494430
G Data 22 Application.Generic.494430
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper
K7 AntiVirus 9.164.8482 Adware
Malwarebytes Adware.HotBar.CP
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Zango.biebfo
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R47H1C3
VIPRE Antivirus 16636 Pinball Corporation
       View all 74 all detections
GameFlake has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.
Find out how to remove GameFlake.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Pinball Corporation.
URL: www.gameflake.com
Help link: www.gameflake.com/support.html
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\gameflakesa\bin\
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\gameflakeSA\bin\\GameFlakeUninstaller.exe" Web
Estimated size: 1.29 MB

Program filesFiles installed by GameFlake

Program executable:GameFlakeSACB.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) GameFlakeSACB.exe
  • (Malware detected) gameflakeSA.exe
  • (Malware detected) gameflakeSAHook.dll
  • (Malware detected) GameFlakeUninstaller.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • gameflakeSA.exe is scheduled as a task named 'RunAsStdUser Task' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • gameflakeSA.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'gameflakeSA' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\gameflakeSA\bin\\gameflakeSA.exe".

How do I remove GameFlake?

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Or, you can uninstall GameFlake from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program GameFlake, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove GameFlake.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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Win 7 (SP1) 48%
Win XP 10%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.62%
Windows 8 20.69%
Windows Vista 10.34%
Windows XP 10.34%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.93%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.34%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.34%
Windows 8 6.90%
Windows 8 Pro 6.90%
Windows 7 Professional 6.90%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.23%
  Germany 7.69%
  Canada 7.69%
  United Kingdom 5.13%
  France 2.56%
  Spain 2.56%
  Iran 2.56%
  Italy 2.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 50.00%
Dell 17.86%
Toshiba 7.14%
Sony 3.57%
Lenovo 3.57%
Gateway 3.57%
Acer 3.57%
American Megatrends 3.57%
ASUS 3.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 7.69%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.69%
VIA VT8363 3.85%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855D 3.85%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D 3.85%
Sony VPCCW21FX 3.85%

About (from Pinball Corporation)

Pinball Corporation delivers online content and monetization solutions for small to mid-sized web publishers, and keyword-based online advertising solutions for direct-response and ecommerce marketers.
Publisher URL: www.pinballcorp.com


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