Lightgate.exe Removal Guide

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This page aims to help you remove Lightgate.exe also know as just Lightgate. These Lightgate.exe removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Why is Lightgate.exe so dangerous?

Lightgate.exe is a threat that comes in your computer as a chunk of an Adware program or a PUP. It is an Adware type of malware and we can’t stress enough that it could be be actually harmful and not innocent as some folks still believe. Remember that malware has come to be more confusing, growing from simply irritating to a threat for misusing crucial information.

Many people consider Adware programs or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) pure in nature and often just slightly annoying, but they definitely will have negative effect on your device. This publication will clarify why these programs could be a great danger if the user continues to keep them long enough on his/her computer.

Sometimes Lightgate.exe could be tricky and it is especially tempting when it offers free programs. These free programs should always be verified for trustworthiness because they may frequently include bundles with malicious software that comes in the form of pop-up ads, which appear as various boxes or banners. We have all at one point downloaded something like this, unfortunately. Revenue is generated for each click that has been initiated by the owner of the infected PC. Adware’s bad fame continues to grow and with the fact that they frequently install themselves without our knowledge or consent. This is the most famous procedure for Adware enlargement. Lightgate.exe is a malware often carried by these freeware programs.
Any interaction with these advertisements and the unknown files they freely give away is a potential danger and we strongly advise you to keep yourselves away from them, or at least keep close attention to everything that is within the installation process and do not install any additional software that later will be ranked as ‘unwanted’.
Clicking on these distrustful pop-up ads may cause extreme difficulties to uninstall later on. It could become impossible  to close websites or the ads will continue to appear and you will feel helpless in your attempts to remove them off your screen. It could also slowdown your PC significantly, freeze it, browser redirects may occur –when you try to open a web site and immediate redirection is before your eyes or an additional website is displayed– and many other bad results could take effect.

How You May Get Infected?

Sometimes we are misled by offers for downloads of audio or video plug-ins for example, or new ambiguous program updates. Be aware of all strange or weird e-mail attachments. Those are a primary virus carrier and it’s always best practice to scan them first. They will do you NO GOOD anyways!

Being educated on the type of  virus that is doing harm to your computer and knowing how it acts  by following the guidance in the detailed guide below, will better help you have Lightgate.exe effectively removed. If you find some parts irrelevant to your particular problem in the instructions listed below, please do not hesitate to ask us any questions and we will answer in a timely manner.

Keep in mind that once you’ve removed Lightgate.exe, it is not a guarantee that it won’t show up again under another guise, so learn now and prepare for the future! If this article does not answer the specific question you had in mind while searching for more information, take a look at some of our other articles and we almost guarantee that you will find the help you need.

Lightgate.exe is potentially dangerous and should be treated accordingly. You can download our SpyHunter scanning program  and scan your computer for FREE. If you don’t detect any viral presence–great! Then, you could do some adjustments and changes with your settings and install some pre-cautious programs that will help you keep your computer in the good shape it is in now.



Name Lightgate.exe
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium – it’s not going to damage your computer, at least not outright.
Symptoms Advertisements layered over web content are a strong symptom for the virus.
Distribution Method Torrents, fake video player or codec messages are popular distribution methods for this particular type of virus.
Detection Tool Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection you need to purchase the full version.


Lightgate.exe Removal

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Lightgate.exe may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Lightgate.exe from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Lightgate.exe from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Lightgate.exe from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!