This page aims to help you remove the Tgmgo.com “Virus” with our instructions. They work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, and all other modern browsers.
The guide that you are going to read is dedicated to a very common browser hijacker called Tgmgo.com. If you have been disturbed by its intrusive activity, in the next lines you will read some useful information about the way it functions, the places where you can encounter it the most and, of course, how you can remove it. The chance is that you have most probably experienced the aggressively popping ads and promotional pages that have taken over your browser. Whether you are using Chrome, Firefox or some other popular browser, the Tgmgo.com “Virus” may change your homepage, place a new search engine and redirect your searches to dozens of sponsored advertisements. Fortunately, you are not the only one who may wish to get rid of that annoying program. That’s why, the removal guide below is for everyone who wants to effectively uninstall the Tgmgo.com “Virus” and remove all of its traces from their computers.
Tgmgo.com – a common source of browsing disturbance
Browser hijackers are a common source of browsing related disturbance and unfortunately, they can be encountered quite often on the web. These programs are pieces of software, created with the idea to hijack users’ browsers and redirect their searches to various sponsored web pages and advertisements in order to get some more clicks and views. Over the years, browser hijackers have turned into a common tool that online marketers use to drag more traffic to their sites and they often even pay for the clicks. Thanks to a method called Pay-Per-Click, browser components like the Tgmgo.com “Virus” and other ad-generating programs have become a major source of income to some online based businesses and a great source of disturbance to some online users who are facing the browser hijackers’ intrusive activity.
The free software and its price…
You probably wonder why there are so many free programs available on the web and how there can be so many generous people who give them away. And even if you don’t wonder, you still may find it great and you probably enjoy downloading and installing such software for free. Freeware platforms, torrents, direct download from the web, installation manages, and sponsored links are all places where you can get different programs for free. However, there is a good old saying that nothing free comes for free. This is very valid when it comes to freeware because this is where browser hijackers like Tgmgo.com can be found the most. Software developers usually use browser hijackers in a bundle with some other programs they develop and distribute for free. This way, when users download and install the attractive free program bundle, they usually get a program like Tgmgo.com along with it, which immediately imposes some changes in their browser. As a result, they may get exposed to different advertisements, pop-ups, banners, page redirects, links, sponsored websites and replaced homepages. This entire advertisement invasion has one goal – money. Instead of earning from the sales of the software, the programmers earn from the advertisements when users get to click on the pop-ups and the pages that the browser hijacker redirects them to. And while there is nothing wrong in that remuneration method, some users may feel heavily disturbed by the amount of the ads they are exposed to, that they may wish to remove the hijacker. This, however, isn’t that easy as uninstalling the free software and may require some guide like the one below.
The rather questionable Browser hijacker’s behavior…
Apart from the ads invasion, Tgmgo.com may track users’ online activity and collect traffic data, which later may be transmitted to some third parties and used for marketing purposes. Also, some users may experience a significant slowdown of their infected browser, which may add up to their decision to uninstall the browser hijacker. However, the usual question when it comes to such rather undesired programs is “Are they dangerous?” Fortunately, browser hijackers can’t be compared to threats like Trojans, Ransomware or other nasty viruses. Usually, these programs are not malicious and their aim is not to lock your files or corrupt your system, but to make you click on the sponsored ads. However, be cautious when clicking on randomly popping messages and page redirects because you never know what a tricky virus may be lurking behind them. Ransomware and Trojans especially like to spread via Malvertisement, so the best way to stay away from such threats is to eliminate any ad-generating software that may involuntarily redirect you to some insecure web locations. In your case, removing Tgmgo.com is the best you could do, and the instructions below will show you exactly how to do that once and for all.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Changes in your browser homepage and search engine, intrusive ads exposure.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware platforms, software bundles, torrents, direct download from the web, installation manages, and sponsored links.|
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Tgmgo.com “Virus” Removal
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – Tgmgo.com 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 or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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.
Remove Tgmgo.com from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Tgmgo.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Tgmgo.com from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat 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 dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End 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 threat’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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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