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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.

Questions about GamingTreasure ads

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

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

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall GamingTreasure and related programs
    Here, look for GamingTreasure or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of GamingTreasure from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for GamingTreasure or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete GamingTreasure from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for GamingTreasure and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete GamingTreasure removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate GamingTreasure ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, GamingTreasure should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall GamingTreasure from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select GamingTreasure and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete GamingTreasure removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase GamingTreasure from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select GamingTreasure and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete GamingTreasure removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove GamingTreasure from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for GamingTreasure or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete GamingTreasure removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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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