|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 – 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
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.
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Discover Treasure.
Step 2: Remove Discover Treasure from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Discover Treasure and click “Remove”
After Discover Treasure is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
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’.
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.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Discover Treasure
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.