This page aims to help you remove Anonymizer Gadget “Virus”. These Anonymizer Gadget “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
What is Anonymizer Gadget?
Welcome to our article about Anonymizer Gadget, a software tool that has the ability to alter one’s proxy configuration so as to make the user’s online experience safer and provide them with some level of anonymity. Though on paper all of this might sound useful, there are a couple of thinks that our readers should be aware of when talking about Anonymizer Gadget. The software in question has been reported to have some rather questionable characteristics that we ought to mention here. This, of course, does not mean that the software we are talking about is some sort of a malicious program nor a real virus, contrary to popular belief. But if you have (or plan on having it) on your machine, we believe that you should be acquainted with the potential unpleasant traits security hazards that this program might possess.
The main issue that one might have with the said program is when the free version is used. Obviously, since the user doesn’t pay anything for it, the developers need to support their product through other means. In this case, Anonymizer Gadget is supported by adverts that, once the software is installed onto the PC, start to get displayed within the user’s browser. This can be rather annoying and obstructive. Still, it is understandable since the software is, after all, free. Normally, the user would have the option to buy a custom proxy server which would get rid of the ads. However, most users seem to usually prefer to use the free version and put up with the ads or simply remove the program altogether. If you have the software tool on your PC and feel overly-annoyed by the ads but do not want to buy a custom proxy, we can help you to uninstall the program and remove everything that it might leave behind. You can find instructions on how to do that within our removal guide manual which is located at the bottom of this article.
The ads that you see in your browser when Anonymizer Gadget is on your PC, apart from being irritating, could also represent a potential security threat. Researchers have reported that some of the advertising networks that support the developers of the program in question might be unreliable and could potentially feed one’s browser with fake and maybe even hazardous ads. This could leave your machine exposed and vulnerable to hacker attacks, especially if you are not careful and happen to interact with any of the browser banners, pop-ups and box messages that are coming from Anonymizer Gadget. Of course, this does not mean that every ad you see is malicious and will infect your computer with Trojan Horses and Ransomware yet still, we believe that it’s better to not take any unnecessary risks which is why we advise you to avoid clicking on any of those adverts. As far as the program itself is concerned, it is up to the individual user to decide whether to allow it to remain on the computer and feed the browser with unpleasant ads or use our guide to have it removed. Just keep in mind what was said so far and do what you think is best for your computer.
How did the program get installed?
A lot of you might have had the PUP (potentially unwanted program) installed on their PC without actually knowing it. This is because in many instances the software tool gets to people’s computers by being bundled with some other program. Most of the time, the PUP gets bundled with free applications so keep that in mind the next time you are about to install some piece of freeware. Nevertheless, it is in fact fairly easy to spot Anonymizer Gadget and prevent it from getting installed onto your machine while, in the same time, still obtaining the other program that you actually want to install. All you have to do is simply examine all options and settings within the setup wizard of the application that you are about to install. If you are provided with an Advanced/Custom setup option, be sure to go for that since this is where any bundled programs would most commonly be hidden. Once you figure out if there’s anything added to the installer of the software that you want, make a quick online research to see what you can find about the bundled programs. If anything turns out to be shady and potentially unwanted, do not hesitate to leave it out of the installation process.
Another valuable piece of advice would be to simple be careful what programs you download and where you download them from. If you stick to reliable and trustworthy websites and download sources, the chances of landing some unwanted and potentially harmful program would be significantly reduced. Additionally, keep in mind that a good anti-malware tool is always worth having and could greatly improve the overall safety of your computer system.
|Symptoms||If your browser is getting flooded with nagging and unpleasant adverts, then the potentially unwanted program might be on your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly through program bundles.|
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Anonymizer Gadget “Virus” Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
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.
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.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Anonymizer Gadget “Virus” 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 Anonymizer Gadget “Virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Anonymizer Gadget “Virus” 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.
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—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!