What is Gstatic?


The Gstatic Virus is a dangerous application that works in a way very similar to an Adware program. But What is Gstatic? in reality. The proper answer to this is that it is a website advertised by third parties in unpleasant ways.


The Gstatic Virus.

The virus creates a large number of advertisements whenever you start your internet browser or load a page/tab/link while browsing. The goal of these Ads is, of course, to generate revenue for whoever created the virus. They are not meant to help you in any way – worse – they can contain dangerous software, which can be infected with viruses. It is actually a well known fact that programs who spread unwanted advertisements often work as “droppers” and “back doors” for other, much more dangerous viruses like ransomware, rootkits and spyware.

What is Gstatic.com?

In a way Gstatic is considered to be an adware. The complaints we received about Gstatic include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.

First of all Gstatic Virus slows down your machine. Whenever you load a page your computer also has to load an Ad – and to load the Ad it also has to access the internet and download the data needed to display the Ad. For modern computers that also have good internet speeds this will translate into a second or two of delay, for older machines that rely on not-so-good internet (Wi-Fi in hotels naturally springs to mind) this could be several seconds of delay or outright non-responsiveness or crashes. The slowdown is just a superficial hindrance however compared to the possibility of having your personal data stolen from you. Programs much alike Gstatic Virus have been known in the past to send their creators’ data from the infected computer. Accounts, passwords, browsing history, search queries – basically anything that can be used to sold. It usually takes some data before the first transaction, so you need to remove Gstatic Virus before that happens. If you are still asking what is Gstatic – this is your answer.

The Gstatic Virus

Gstatic is an adware type of unwanted software. Gstatic is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it is responsible for, but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.

If those weren’t enough, the Gstatic Virus can also try to install others of its kind on your computer. Fortunately it cannot do that on its own – it needs your permission first. To get it Gstatic Virus can try all sorts of misdirection, though they usually involve an offer to install some free software. To make it more enticing and to implore urgency it could also create Ads that actually look like system messages. These messages can report all sorts of non-existent problems with your machine – stuff like missing plug-ins, registry errors, required codecs or video players in order to view media online and more. The virus-infected .exe will be offered to you as the means to fix those problems for free. Even if the file is not actually a virus it is likely bloatware – a program that doesn’t actually do anything. It will demand payment before it can fix the issue and if you make the mistake of paying it will simply stop the generation of the fake problem messages. It will still be completely useless and unable to do anything if a real problem arises.


Name Gstatic
Type Browser Hijacker
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Gstatic Virus Removal

You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.


  • Gstatic is a response code generation/redirect page, it has nothing to do with advertisements. That’s why, in step 2, you can’t find a screenshot of the “extension” it ‘installed’ – there is no extension. Chrome and other browsers navigate to it as an easy way of generating a 204 response code, hence why the URL is gstatic.com/generate_204.

    You will see your browser directing to it when you’re at a captive portal, e.g. Safeway, Starbucks, Whole Foods, so that you can authorize yourself on the network. It’s causing the gateway to generate the login page for you by navigating to a URL that redirects to the router.

  • Guys please help .. I cant find any Gstatic extensions in my browsers.. when you tell us to disable and remove Gstatic from our browsers, you mean by disabling and removing AdBlockers?

  • Hi Dillon,
    i would suggest to you to download our software from one of our banners above and use the free scan feature. The Scanner will locate any infected files where you can delete manually. Keep us posted if you have any other issues.

    • Hi citosiul,
      i would suggest to you to complete the guide there might be something in your registry.

    • Usually, a large number of IP’s in your Hosts file means that you have some form of undesirable software on your PC. Delete them from the Hosts file and save the changes to remove the issue. Tell us in the comments if that was enough to resolve your problem.

    • You must delete all of them since all of those IP ‘s are coming from undesirable software. Delete them and save the changes.

  • Did you try completing any of the steps from the removal guide at the bottom of the article?

  • The reasons why this piece of software is deemed unwanted have been thoroughly explained within the article. Anyone who still wants to keep this software on their PC is free to do so. We just provide our readers with information regarding the characteristics of this program so everyone can decide for themselves what to do with it.

  • They are scammers, don’t trust them. Microsoft will never call you about a virus or anything bad about your PC.

    • its chrome webiste whats allows you make a google account, i have Certificate broken and i cannos use my own google account

  • I already downloaded your free app and it says there is no more infected files but I still can’t log in in my gmail or install any web browers such as Google Chrome. Please help me. I would appreciate your prompt response.

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