This article aims to help users remove Discover Treasure Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Discover Treasure Ads is malicious application of the Adware variety. It exists to generate revenue for whoever created it and install other viruses on the infected computers. Both goals are achieved by swarming whatever internet browser is currently in use with advertisements (Ads). These Ads could be in the form of pop-up windows, banners and sometimes entire pages that may hold some information (like weather forecasts, news), but are also filled with Ads to the brim. On some rare occasions Discover Treasure Ads has been known to transform certain keywords into hyperlinks. Whenever these words appear in a text an Ad will appear if you hover your mouse over them and they will also work as hyperlinks if clicked on.
It is a very good idea to remove Discover Treasure Ads from your computer as soon as possible. This application will slow down your machine, spy on your browser’s history and search queries and even try to install other viruses on your PC!
How to handle Discover Treasure Ads before it is removed
There are a couple of things you should absolutely never do while Discover Treasure Ads is on your machine. You should not click on the Ads, you should not download any files and you should absolutely never install anything offered to you by Discover Treasure Ads.
Remember that Discover Treasure Ads is actually malicious software and thus does not have your best interests in mind. The Ads are created to look as real and believable as possible, but that is just a lure to make you believe everything is legitimate. If you click on the Ads at best you will be sent to some 3rd world shady store that pays “finder’s fee” to the developers of the virus. The chance of getting scammed in such a site is very high – legitimate sites prefer legitimate advertisement channels and not programs like Discover Treasure Ads. It is, however, also possible to see Ads that advertise products in online you know and maybe even frequently visit. Be wary of all such offers, because those are the worst types of scam. You visit the site and log-in to your account believing you are logging in to the real site, but you are actually logging in into a fake.You account name and password will be recorded and the hackers will use them to log in into the real site stealing your billing data in the process.
Any file that Discover Treasure Ads may offer you for download will be either a virus or a some sort of bloatware. You should never install any executable files (files that end with .exe) unless you are positively certain that those are safe. The only way to be certain an .exe files is safe is to downloading it from the official site developing the program or its mirrors. Any torrent, forum, blog or online storage site is possibly infected with the virus.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Discover Treasure Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Discover Treasure Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
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Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Discover Treasure Ads has likely infected all browsers that you have installed on your computer. Now that Safe Mode is ON it is time to do something about cleaning those browsers. Run Steps 2&3 for each and every browser you have installed on your PC. Note that even if you havn’t used a browser in a while (Internet Explorer for people who rely on Chrome/Firefox is a good example) it doesn’t mean it isn’t infected. Make sure you are through while doing it. Leaving even a single instance of the virus may allow it to reinfect everything by copying itself from whatever copy you missed.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Discover Treasure Ads . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Discover Treasure Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Discover Treasure Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
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What you have to do next is very important to ensure that Discover Treasure Ads is gone for good. Unfortunately this operation can be dangerous too as it involves deleting of core virus files and could easily be mistaken with system-related files. Make sure you read and follow the instructions correctly, otherwise you run the risk of causing significant damage to your PC. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to instead try the professional Discover Treasure Ads remover we’ve tested and highly recommend. So far it has managed to get rid of every malware we threw at it and the in-build scanner is ideal for locating any other viruses that Discover Treasure Ads might have installed on your PC.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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