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Remove Master Gamer ads (Free Instructions)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Master Gamer has seriously diminished my PC’s performance so badly! I though that it will be a useful app that will deliver the latest games, puzzles, FPS, and other useful material. It’s a pity I fall into believing in this!

What should I know about Master Gamer add-on?

Master Gamer is a free web browser add-on that has been developed by Howard Software Ltd. in 2014. It has the official website and can be added to the extensions list of Chrome, IE, Firefox, and Safari. At first, Master Gamer may seem like a handy tool for those who want to download games easily, check Search Cheats or find Tips and Tricks. Unfortunately, but in reality it’s just another ‘adware’ and a ‘potentially unwanted program’ (PUP). Security experts point out that Howard Software Ltd has developed Gizmodock, FixCleanRepair, and other suspicious applications too. Thus, it’s not surprising that Master Gamer add-on is suspicious as well.

Master Gamer ads

If it manages to slither on a computer via freewares, it hijacks web browsers and inject third-party advertisements on each of them. Consequently, it may start generating tons of commercial advertisements (pop-up ads, banner ads, in-text links, interstitials, full-page ads, etc.). To distinguish them from the others, you should look for slogans like “Ads by Master Gamer,” “Master Gamer Ads,” “Powered by Master Gamer” on the ads that are displayed on your PC’s screen. If you see such ads right now, make sure that you bypass each of them without clicking because they are powered by third parties and can contain diverse content. Master Gamer redirects cab expose you to reliable online shopping websites and other domains that simply seek to increase the rank in search results. However, the chances of landing on a compromised websites are the same, so it’s better not to click on any of the ads that are displayed by Master Gamer adware. To sum up, misleading advertising is by far the most important factor due to which you are strongly advised to remove Master Gamer virus from the system. For this purpose, we would recommend usingReimage or another reputable anti-malware.

Advertising. Is this the only downside that this program exhibits?

Questions about Master Gamer ads

No. Master Gamer virus is deemed as suspicious no only because it displays third-party ads and seeks to make people visit affiliate websites. Another noteworthy fact is that this adware is involved in the vicious circle of data collection and distribution. It seems that it is primarily targeting at personally non-identifiable information, such as browser’s type, language, software/hardware information, PC’s IP address, browser’s type, search terms, pages viewed, bookmarks, and so on. It is stated that such information is used for the improvement of Howard Software Ltd’s websites, including,,,, Media Player,,,,,,,,,, and Unfortunately, but other third parties may also receive information related to your browsing habits and use it further for the development of customized advertisements.

Also, Master Gamer virus may corrupt settings not only on your web browser but the entire PC’s system. For example, it can affect your firewall, registries, Windows startup, and so on. Consequently, your PC’s performance may diminish significantly. All in all, do you still consider keeping Master Gamer redirect virus installed? Probably not.

So, how can I get rid of Master Gamer virus?

Master Gamer removal guide is given at the end of this post. To say in advance, adware like this can be removed both manually and automatically. However, in this particular case, you may not be allowed to remove Master Gamer adware by yourself because frequently it installs a Browser Helper Object, which blocks all users attempt to remove it. In this case, anti-spyware could help.

By the way, to prevent infiltration of such and similar PUPs in the future, keep in mind that they are typically spread bundled with other free programs. Therefore, don’t skip advanced/custom settings uncheck because that may be your only chance to deselect ‘optional downloads,’ such as Master Gamer virus.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Master Gamer ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer and related programs
    Here, look for Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer 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'

Eliminate Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Master Gamer 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, Master Gamer should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer 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 Master Gamer removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. sT.Patric says:
    November 5th, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Would never be installed Master Gamer add-on by myself. Useless tool whatsoever. Displays bogus coupons and promo codes, dont get fooled!

  2. BrendonUK says:
    November 5th, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Thanks for the help! Highly recommend this website 🙂

  3. RayBax says:
    November 5th, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Maybe anyone knows why each time when Im trying to remove Master Gamer virus, a popup window shows up and says that FixCleanRepair is open and does not allow to remove this tool. As far as I remember, i have never installed this app on my computer. What could that be? Virus?

  4. Thommmm says:
    November 5th, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Raybax, I think that youve installed a whole bundle. Th popup makes it obvious that FixCleanRepair is installed on your PC and need to be removed first. I had similar issue, so i did a full scan with anti-spyware.

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