Master Gamer “Virus” Removal

I wrote this article to help you remove Master Gamer. This Master Gamer removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Master Gamer is an adware program. The rogue tool is presented as a legit application, dedicated to computer games. Master Gamer offers game downloads, cheat codes, tips and tricks for playing. The developers of the shady program have chosen to market the tool to a wide audience, as the popularity of computer games is at an all-time high. This is a wise strategy which could cloud the vision of less experienced PC users. The reality about Master Gamer is bleak. The adware performs malicious tasks which can lead to malware infections and data theft. You should have Master Gamer removed as soon as you detect its presence.

How does Master Gamer put my security in jeopardy?

The insidious program performs a task which has nothing to do with its described purpose. It displays pop-up ads, promoting bargain shopping deals. Master Gamer does not accommodate a setting which allows the user to stop or limit the ad flow. You will be exposed to the advertisements as long as the adware is installed to your system. The ads appear in various formats, including in-text links, coupon boxes, banners, freebies, rebates, contextual, interstitial, floating, transitional, inline, comparison and full-page ads.

Some of the listed offers could interest you. Master Gamer shows exclusive deals for a wide selection of consumer goods. The product palette encompasses garments, furnishing, accessories, technological devices, decorative elements, gardening equipment, sports gear, games and many others. The adware monitors users’ behavior to get a better idea about their interests and matches the ads accordingly. You will notice a relation between their content and your browsing sessions. Be advised that the windows lead to third party websites whose reliability is not accounted for. The entity behind Master Gamer, a company called Applon, Inc., is not responsible for the security of third party platforms.

Remove Master Gamer
The Master Gamer Virus

The other problem around Master Gamer is personal security. The secluded program has been set to track users’ browsing sessions and collect information on them. This includes their browsing history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, demographic details, email, phone number, user names and passwords. The gathered data is sold on dark markets without the required authorization. The people who acquire your data can use it to break into your online accounts and steal from them.

How did Master Gamer get access to my system?

Master Gamer is offered for download from its official website, master-gamer.net. There is an orange download button on the homepage, as well as a direct link next to it. Neither of them works, though. You did not decide to acquire Master Gamer. The furtive tool has tricked its way into your computer. There are a couple of ways for this to happen. The preferred entry point for Master Gamer is through another program. The adware gets attached to pirated utilities, freeware and shareware tools. The host is referred to as a download client. Master Gamer would be included in its terms and conditions as a bonus tool. You have to find where it is mentioned and opt out of it. Always take the time to read the end user license agreements (EULA) of the programs you intend to add to your system.

The other way for Master Gamer to sneak into your computer is through a spam email. The insidious program would be hidden behind an attached file, listed as an important document of some kind. The sender can state that the attachment is a letter, a receipt, an invoice, a bill, a fine or another document which requires your immediate attention. He will urge you to open it. Before accessing files from an email, make sure it comes from a reliable person. Check the contacts he has provided in the message.

Master Gamer Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Master Gamer from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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