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Should I remove RivalGaming?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
68% remove it32% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,588
United States Rank #8,583
Reach 0.0139%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 36.26 days
1069.80 days >
Average installed length: 562.10 days


1.0.0 0.36%


What is RivalGaming?

RivalGaming is a potentially unwanted application that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search provider and redirect web searches to what ever search engine partner the publisher has a revenue relationship with. In doing so, the toolbar performs a number of behaviors in order to maximize the potential of a user to click on sponsored advertising through search. This includes but not limited to:

- Changing the web browser's default home page to the affiliate search portal.
- Changing the browser's search provider, built-in search box as well as the address bar.
- Ability to modify the 'new tab' functionality to launch the modified search portal page.
- Provide automatic updates of the toolbar without the user's initiation.
- Adds an alternative error page and page not found functionality.
- Adds additional functionality that is designed to protect the search and home page settings.
- Access the HTML of all pages visited as well as capture URLs of the pages and search terms.
- In many cases can inject advertising in the form of context ads, pop-ups and pop-unders.


It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is RivalGaming.dll. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 644.84 KB (660,320 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in RivalGaming.
RivalGaming.dll (e5281ab253461090771eee3647f427fe) has been flagged by the following 33 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1104 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.Elzob.14387
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Adware.EpicGames
AhnLab-V3 2014.01.23 Adware/Win32.EpicGames
Avira AntiVir Adware/Gamevan.8879
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.EpicGames
avast! 2014.9-140126 Win32:Gamevance-DY [PUP]
AVG 2015.0.3582 Skodna.Gamevance
Bitdefender Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.Elzob.14387
Clam AntiVirus 0.98/18155 Win.Adware.Gamevance-108
CMC Antivirus Packed.Win32.TDSS.2!O
Comodo Security 17657 ApplicUnwnt.Win32.AdWare.GameVance.FGJ
Dr.Web Trojan.Siggen4.36386
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.Elzob.14387
ESET-NOD32 8.9325 probably a variant of Win32/Adware.Gamevance.DB
F-Prot v6. W32/RivalGame.A.gen
F-Secure 11.2014-26-01_1 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.Elzob.14387
G Data 14.1.24 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.Elzob.14387
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Gamevance
Jiangmin KV140126 AdWare/EpicGames.dm
K7 AntiVirus 13.175.10926 Riskware
K7GW 13.175.10926 Riskware ( 0040f01a1 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.EpicGames
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.EpicGames.cx.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7238 GameVance.gen.be
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7238 Artemis!E5281AB25346
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.Elzob.14387
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Siggen4.bciuvw
nProtect Trojan-Clicker/W32.Graftor.115200
Qihoo-360 Malware.QVM30.Gen
Rising Antivirus PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.1379E51D!326755613
SUPERAntiSpyware 10821 PUP.Gamevance
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.EpicGames
VIPRE Antivirus 25696 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Uninstaller.exe (5d4be23b0662c5a74eab8c9dd08ace81) has been flagged by the following 26 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost Adware.Gamevance!9uJWikfRGUw
Avira AntiVir Adware/Gamevance.i.j
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Malware-gen
AVG Skodna.Gamevance.IJ
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 Adware.GameVance.A4
Clam AntiVirus Win.Trojan.Gamevance-61
Comodo Security 17000 ApplicUnwnt.Win32.AdWare.GameVance.RGF
Dr.Web Trojan.Dyfuca.182
ESET-NOD32 8844 a variant of Win32/Adware.Gamevance.CC
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/Gamevance.IIOW
F-Prot W32/RivalGame.A.gen!Eldorado
IKARUS anti.virus T3. AdWare.Win32.GameVance
Jiangmin 16.0.100 AdWare/Gamevance.baq
K7 AntiVirus 9.172.9695 Adware
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Gamevance.iipj
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Malware.Heur_Generic.A.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes Adware.Gamevance
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 GameVance.gen.bf
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious.H
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.9901 Adware:Win32/GameVance
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Dyfuca.uxpnq
nProtect 2013-09-26.01 Trojan-Clicker/W32.GameVance.280576
Sophos 4.93.0 Rival Gaming
SUPERAntiSpyware Adware.Gamevance
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Gamevance
VIPRE Antivirus 21834 GameVance (fs)
rivalGamingPE.dll (164092d0555936cdf30fe4e0cee7169f) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
F-Prot W32/RivalGame.A.gen!Eldorado
K7 AntiVirus 9.172.9589 Adware
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R047H01G213
       View all 62 all detections
RivalGaming has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.rivalgaming.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\rivalgaming
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\RivalGaming\Uninstaller.exe
Estimated size: 644.84 KB

Program filesFiles installed by RivalGaming

Program module:RivalGaming.dll
Name:Gaming Add-on
Additional files:
  • RivalGaming.dll - RivalGaming Games
  • Uninstaller.exe - Removal Application
  • rivalGamingPE.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • RivalGaming.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'RivalGaming Games' with the class of {26D675AC-D925-4bbf-A720-62C2AA4A81EB}.

How do I remove RivalGaming?

You can uninstall RivalGaming 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program RivalGaming, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 RivalGaming.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by RivalGaming you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 78%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 68%
Keep it 32%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 80.66%
Windows Vista 12.41%
Windows XP 5.84%
Windows 10 1.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 70.22%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.93%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.88%
Windows 7 Professional 5.15%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.94%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

97.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 97.48%
  United Kingdom 1.05%
  Iran 0.42%
  Taiwan 0.21%
  Australia 0.21%
  Pakistan 0.21%
  Germany 0.21%
  Italy 0.21%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 43.46%
Dell 28.04%
Acer 12.62%
Toshiba 7.94%
ASUS 3.27%
Gateway 1.40%
Lenovo 0.93%
Alienware 0.93%
Compaq 0.47%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.73%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 5.73%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.82%
Dell Inspiron 620 3.18%
Dell Inspiron 560 2.55%
Dell Inspiron One 2305 1.91%


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