A toolbar known as Ultimate Gamer has been recently identified as a PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program) by virus researchers. The toolbar is advertised as a helpful software to assist gamers in their online experience, however it is advisable not to trust it. What is more, Ultimate Gamer Toolbar has been developed by Trovi, a company with a reputation for creating ad-supported applications and collaborating with affiliates. In case you have this toolbar it is recommended to remove it and scan your computer with specific software to identify whether or not you have been indirectly affected by it.
|Name||Ultimate Gamer Toolbar|
|Short Description||The browser extension is advertised as useful for users but may heavily display advertisements to users.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness his browser to become increasingly slow, unfamiliar icons on his desktop, pop-ups and other advertising and sometimes even browser crashes..|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or direct download.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Ultimate Gamer Toolbar|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Ultimate Gamer Toolbar.|
Ultimate Gamer Toolbar – How Did I Get It?
One way to add this browser extension is via several different websites on of which its official site:
However, the main method of distribution for this toolbar may be through bundled downloads. Bundled products are usually very effective and used by websites who offer software like widely used media players, antivirus programs and other freeware in one place. Given that most inexperienced users rush through the installers, they frequently tend to miss ‘Add this as a free extra’ type of installation steps or opt-out Windows. This is why it is advisable for users to:
- Download freeware from official sites if available.
- Always to carefully monitor the installation process and the outcome of it.
Ultimate Gamer Toolbar – More About It
Once activated the toolbar may begin to collect different user information In order to display targeted advertisements to users. This is called behavioral advertising because it uses information collected via online searchers, clicks and browsing history in order to display targeted banners, pop-ups, ad-supported search results and even redirect to suspicious third-party websites.
What is more, the toolbar has been created by Trovi – a company known for giving shady privacy policies to its products:
Just like Mindspark, Conduit and other organizations, Trovi creates various different PUPs and it advertises third-party websites via those most likely as a part of affiliate schemes and pay-per-click marketing.
The risk in this case is for the user – he may connect directly to all sorts of suspicious third-party websites:
- Fake tech support sites that aim for information or money via social engineering.
- Fake prize claiming sites that aim to phish the information by promising users to enter it to claim a reward.
- Fraudulent online retailer websites that usually aim for the user`s financial data.
- Websites that may contain malware embedded in them (Trojans, Viruses, Worms and others).
Cyber-security experts often advise users to stay away from such unwanted programs because cyber-criminals may do anything for profit and they may make it seem legitimate. However stealing personal data is considered to be unethical and nobody would want their credit card details to fall into the wrong hands. This is why it`s removal for which we have instructions below is highly recommended.
Removing Ultimate Gamer Toolbar Completely
In case you have decided to remove this software from your computer, you should follow the instructions, provided in this article. What is more, it is highly advisable to download and scan your machine with an advanced anti-malware program that will make sure any files that are left-over after removal are terminated. Having such software will also help you detect any other intrusions if there are such on your machine and protect you from future threats.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Ultimate Gamer Toolbar 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 Ultimate Gamer Toolbar.
Step 2: Remove Ultimate Gamer Toolbar from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Ultimate Gamer Toolbar and click “Remove”
After Ultimate Gamer Toolbar is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Ultimate Gamer Toolbar 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 Ultimate Gamer Toolbar 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 Ultimate Gamer Toolbar
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Ultimate Gamer Toolbar. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Ultimate Gamer Toolbar will be removed.