TheAdGateway “Virus” Removal (May 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove TheAdGateway “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

One of the most annoying kinds of software that you could encounter is what is known as browser hijackers – the reason why these software applications that typically function as some sort of browser extensions are seen as irritating and are deemed unwanted has to do with the way they behave once installed on somebody’s computer. As we mentioned, hijackers are similar to regular browser extensions – they are typically compatible with most popular browsers (Chrome, Opera, Edge, Firefox, IE, etc.). However, there’s one main difference – this type of software doesn’t typically provide its users with any actual useful features. Instead, what hijackers do is they impose different unwanted changes to the users’ browsers. The main page of the browser might get changed as well as its new-tab page. Also, some hijackers try to aggressively redirect the user to random pages in order to give those pages more views and potential clicks. It’s also possible that such an application could try to fill your screen with irritating advertising materials such as box messages, pop-ups, banners and other similar content. Obviously, all of this can be incredibly annoying, especially if you need your browsing program in order to do your job. The good news is that I you have such a hijacker/browser page-redirect on your computer, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get rid of it as long as you have a general idea of what you need to do in order to uninstall and remove the nagging piece of software. In the lines below, we will give you some more information regarding this software class putting our emphasis on TheAdGateway “Virus”- a hijacker application that has been recently released. Since a lot of users have been looking for ways to get rid of this particular hijacker, below the main section of this article, our readers will be able to find a detailed removal guide with screenshots that will help anyone who has TheAdGateway “Virus” on their machine get rid of the intrusive hijacker.

TheAdGateway “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

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).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

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

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove TheAdGateway from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove TheAdGateway from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove TheAdGateway 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.

Step6

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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 up 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

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

What’s important to know about hijacker redirects

It should be pretty obvious what such applications are normally used for by their creators – if a typical hijacker has one main purpose, that would be to advertise and promote something – a website, an online service, a search engine, a software product or anything else. The developers of hijackers like TheAdGateway earn money from those advertising campaigns carried out by their products – the more users have TheAdGateway “Virus” installed on their machines, the greater the revenue earned by the creator of the intrusive advertising software. As we mentioned above, most hijackers do not actually offer anything beneficial to the end-user. Sometimes, a hijacker-like browser add-on might offer some kind of useful feature but this is usually not the case. Furthermore, even in instances where such an application actually proves to be helpful in some way, it would still likely be annoying and thus unwanted.

However, despite the typically irritating and obstructive behavior of this software category, we ought to pint out that they cannot be regarded as some sort of malware viruses – Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, Worms and other similar malware threats is what you must really be concerned about as those are actual harmful programs that can harm your system and your virtual identity. A hijacker, for the most part, would be nothing more than an annoyance – a really irritating, nagging and frustrating annoyance. That said, there are still risks related to hijacker page-redirects. The most important thing you ought to be careful with are the ads and pages you could get redirected to as they might not always be safe to explore. Just make sure to avoid any advertising content coming from the hijacker in order to stay safe. The chances of encountering some malicious Trojan Or Ransomware by interacting with some hijacker-generated content is still pretty low yet it’s always better to avoid taking any unnecessary chances.

Distribution of hijackers/page-redirects

File-bundling is what gets most users such intrusive software applications. Typically, the hijackers is added as an optional component to the installer of another program and is enabled by default in the Default setup configuration meaning that if the user goes for this option, the hijacker gets installed alongside the main program. It’s easy to fall for this but it’s also easy to avoid it – simply check the settings provided in the installation menu. Oftentimes, there’s an option labeled Advanced or Custom that gives you more control over the installation process and enables you to opt-out of any bundled optional installs. Therefore, from now on, if you see some application bundled to a program you are about to install, determine if you really need the said application by looking it up and then decide whether or not to opt out of its installation. One more thing to remember that should go without saying is to always be careful online – avoid going to shady sites and opening spam e-mails or other Internet messages that seem suspicious. Also, many misleading ads out there are used to distribute hijackers like TheAdGateway “Virus” so make sure to keep away from those as well.

SUMMARY:

Name TheAdGateway
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Obstructed browsing due to unpleasant browser changes and generation of irritating advertisement materials in your browser.
Distribution Method Bundles, suspicious ads and misleading online offers, fake update prompts, spam messages, torrents, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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