What is Treasure Track?
Created by SuperWeb LLC, Treasure Track is a deceptive application claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by displaying coupons, enabling comparison shopping, and other similar features - "We're passionate about improving web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We've combined all of our great ideas into the Treasure Track product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!"
Initially, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, Treasure Track is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP), since it usually infiltrates systems without users' permission, generates intrusive online advertisements, and tracks Internet browsing activity.
Treasure Track employs a virtual layer to display interstitial, transitional, full-page, pop-up, coupon, banner, search, and other similar advertisements. These advertisements do not originate from the visited sites and conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Most redirect to e-commerce websites offering certain services or selling various merchandise, however, some will redirect to bogus sites containing infectious content. For this reason, there is a high probability that clicking them will lead to further computer infections.
This statement is false, since Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, visited websites, pages viewed, search queries, unique identifier numbers, and other similar types of data could indeed contain personal details (and these are later shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue).
Thus, having Treasure Track installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstal this adware from your system.
All claim to improve the Internet browsing experience, however, all applications developed by this company are designed to generate revenue by displaying intrusive online ads (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collecting personal data (which is later sold to third party companies). The user receives no real value.
How did Treasure Track install on my computer?
Treasure Track is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional programs with regular software/apps. The developers are aware that most users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software, and thus, intentionally hide rogue applications within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings.
Unaware of this, many users rush these processes, skip this section, thereby inadvertently installing applications such as Treasure Track and exposing their systems to risk of computer infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Pay close attention during download and installation of software. Closely analyze all steps, while opting-out of any additional programs.
To successfully perform safe download/installation, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. The key to computer safety is caution - do not rush the download/installation processes.
Deceptive free software installer used in treasure track adware distribution:
Treasure track adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'Ads by Treasure Track'):
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- What is Treasure Track?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Treasure Track application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Treasure Track adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Treasure Track ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Treasure Track' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Treasure Track ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Treasure Track adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Treasure Track", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Treasure Track ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Treasure Track adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Treasure Track", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the treasure track adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Treasure Track", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the treasure track adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Treasure Track".
Computer users who have problems with treasure track adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the treasure track adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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