Hey you,
BE IN THE KNOW!

35,000 ransomware infections per month and you still believe you are protected?

Sign up to receive:

  • alerts
  • news
  • free how-to-remove guides

of the newest online threats - directly to your inbox:


Remove Discover Treasure Permanently

Name Discover Treasure
Type Adware, PUP
Short Description Whenever the user is browsing the internet, many advertisements of potentially malicious sites are displayed. .
Symptoms The user may have installed the application without his approval. A lot of intrusive ads appear and the used browser may crash periodically.
Distribution Method Bundling, freeware installers.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Discover Treasure

“Discover Treasure” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on your computer it will begin showing various advertisements in your browser, including full-page ads. The user may be redirected to sites with malicious content and the main aim of the malware is to generate revenue to its creators from these redirects.

Discover-Treasure-ads

Discover Treasure – How Did I Get It?

The “Discover Treasure” adware usually gets into your system through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your knowledge, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “Discover Treasure”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.

Another way of getting infected is just by browsing the adware’s official website “DiscoverTreasurenow.com” or by you knowingly installing it, thinking of it as an online shopping adviser.

Discover Treasure – More About It

“Discover Treasure” may be described as a browser helper and a shopping adviser, but it is actually an adware. The adware may crash your browser constantly, due to the fact that it may try to gather information details about you and your browsing activities in many different ways, including JavaScript and the Flash plugin. The adware may have files installed in the hidden AppData folder in Windows to store program settings and evade being detected.

The “Discover Treasure” adware does not disclose who its creator is or where the information collected by it goes to. If you read the “Privacy Policy” and “End-User License Agreement” provided on the malicious site, you will see that users agreeing to them might be subjected to their personal data to be collected – about their system and other devices, their location, identity on the web, their browsing activity and habits, what they type in searches and etc.

It is also stated there that the users will be shown various advertising content, based on the gathered personal data mentioned above, and that tracking details are to be used, supplemented, sold, and shared with third-parties for business purposes. Another problem is when the user does not read this information or is not able to do so, because it got injected into his system by simply visiting a malicious site or by installing a program, which is bundled with the adware, and not disclosing the “Discover Treasure” EULA properly, or that “Discover Treasure” will be installed whatsoever.

discover-treasure-ads-privacy-policy

Once you have “Discover Treasure” installed on your machine, it will start showing many, personalized advertisements on pop-ups, banners, floating ad-boxes and even full-page promotions, with the help of all the personal data it gathers, mentioned in the above paragraph. It may also redirect you to sites with malicious content such as “Selectgo.net”. The purpose of these redirects is to create revenue for the creators of the malicious program.

Remove Discover Treasure Completely

To remove “Discover Treasure” manually from your system, make certain to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this adware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats you may come across.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Discover Treasure in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Discover Treasure.

    Step 2: Remove Discover Treasure from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select Discover Treasure and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After Discover Treasure is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Discover Treasure and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After Discover Treasure is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select Discover Treasure to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Discover Treasure has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Discover Treasure
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Discover Treasure. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Discover Treasure will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Discover Treasure automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Discover Treasure associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Discover Treasure threat: Manual removal of Discover Treasure requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

    More Posts - Website

    Share on Facebook Share
    Loading...
    Share on Twitter Tweet
    Loading...
    Share on Google Plus Share
    Loading...
    Share on Linkedin Share
    Loading...
    Share on Digg Share
    Share on Reddit Share
    Loading...
    Share on Stumbleupon Share
    Loading...
    Please wait...

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Want to be notified when our article is published? Enter your email address and name below to be the first to know.