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Remove GamingTreasure ads (Removal Instructions)

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Why do these GamingTreasure ads appear on my screen?

If “ads by GamingTreasure” or “powered by GamingTreasure” pop-ups and banners appear when you browse the Internet, it means there is an adware-type software running on your computer. Some computer users rush to call this adware as GamingTreasure virus because they do not understand where do these ads come from and why is it impossible to get rid of them just by closing them. These ads are not regular web ads, and they do not come from websites that you visit, so if you want to eliminate them, you must remove this adware from your computer.

There are several negative aspects of this program that we would like to discuss. First of all, this program makes the computer run slow since it continuously monitors user’s activity and generates ads based on information it collects. Although it cannot collect personally identifiable information about the user, unless he/she provides it willingly, it can collect various non-identifiable information, for instance, your search queries, browsing history, clicks on links, time spent on certain websites, and so on. To put it simply, this program seeks to find out what the computer user is interested in and what kind of content it enjoys exploring. Based on such information, this software serves targeted ads from third-parties. However, developers of GamingTreasure adware claim that they are not liable for content these third-parties want to promote, so they say that your interaction with third-party content is solely between you and these third-parties.

Examples of ads by GamingTreasure adware

Questions about GamingTreasure ads

We would like to remind you that not all third-party websites are trustworthy. There is a possibility that some of them promote suspicious ad-supported apps or browser hijackers that you probably do not want to install. Of course, these parties present such programs as very useful tools that you just desperately need in your life, so do not fall for their tricks. If you do not want to see intrusive and deceptive web ads on a daily basis, remove GamingTreasure from your computer using an anti-malware program like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, or uninstall it manually. If you want to delete it manually, but you do not know how to do it, please take a look at GamingTreasure removal guide that is given on page 2.

How does this program spread?

You can install this PUP from its official website, which provides various free online games. This site has a premium section, but to access these games, the user has to install GamingTreasure PUP. However, if you receive ads by this Gaming Treasure but you are positive that you did not install this program from the aforementioned website, it means that you have installed it unconsciously. It spreads in conjunction with other free programs. Good news is that you can always refuse to install optional programs added to your download, but you need to configure its installation settings first. Select Advanced or Custom settings and then look through items added to your download. Make sure you reject suspicious browser extensions and apps.

How to remove GamingTreasure?

Without a doubt, you do not need GamingTreasure virus in your computer system because it can only make your computer act sluggish and annoy you by displaying tons of intrusive web ads. If you want to play more online games, you should you to try to explore other gaming portals, which do not ask you to install some suspicious applications in order to access games. To get rid of GamingTreasure adware, follow instructions provided below. To complete GamingTreasure removal, use the anti-spyware program.

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To remove GamingTreasure ads, follow these steps:

Remove GamingTreasure from Windows systems

To remove GamingTreasure from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to GamingTreasure (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of GamingTreasure from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove GamingTreasure from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for GamingTreasure-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove GamingTreasure, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to GamingTreasure and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the GamingTreasure-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete GamingTreasure from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for GamingTreasure and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete GamingTreasure removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate GamingTreasure ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the GamingTreasure-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall GamingTreasure from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to GamingTreasure and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case GamingTreasure did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete GamingTreasure removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase GamingTreasure from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to GamingTreasure by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the GamingTreasure-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete GamingTreasure removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove GamingTreasure from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to GamingTreasure and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Olivia Morelli
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  1. Sandroe says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I didnt expect to deliver SO many ads.

  2. maddy says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I know right?! I have installed it because I want to play these Premium games. I didnt tell my parents anything about it. I started to freak out when these ads started to pop up one after another! Lucky me, I managed to remove this virus before my parents came back from work 😮

  3. Chris11 says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:36 am


  4. leo.killer says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:37 am

    easy-to-follow instructions, tnx guys. I will never play games on gamingtreasure site again :/

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