What is Gstatic? (Remove Gstatic Virus)

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How irritating is this virus?

What is Gstatic? What Gstatic is in your case, is probably a PC virus that redirects to gstatic.com. This article aims to help users remove Gstatic Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.

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 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.

There are multiple reasons why you need to remove Gstatic Virus from your computer as soon as possible

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.

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.

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Gstatic Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Gstatic Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Remove Gstatic Virus


Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


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 Note that Gstatic Virus has likely infected all of your internet browsers. Now that you have Safe Mode enabled you can begin cleaning them one by one. To do that run Step 2 and Step 3 for every browser that is currently installed on your computer. Include ALL install browsers even if you haven’t used some of them for a while – there is a good chance those are infected as well and may serve as a backup/restore point for the virus at a later date. If you think this is a good time to uninstall some browser remember to delete the virus first, uninstall afterwards.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Gstatic Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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Gstatic Virus  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Gstatic Virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.


Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


The next step is very important for the ensured deletion of Gstatic Virus, but can also be dangerous as it involves manipulation and deletion of the virus’ core files. Unfortunately those can be easily mistaken with files from your OS or other programs. Double check before deleting anything, otherwise you run the risk of inflicting significant damage to your OS and associated programs if you make a mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Gstatic Virus remover. The one we recommend has so far handled everything we’ve thrown at it and the automated scanner is pretty good too – it can sniff out even deep rooted viruses. It is even possible that Gstatic Virus was installed by another virus that infected your computer before it. An automated scan is your best bet for locating such a virus.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

Move on to STEP 6.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once 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 you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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STEP 7 – Optimization

We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.

  • Niles Black

    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.

  • George

    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?

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi George,
      no we mean only the malicious extensions. Are you still having issues ?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    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.

  • citosiul

    So I couldn’t find the extensions on any of my browsers should I keep going or …. well I don’t know.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

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

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Can you send us a screenshot of your Hosts file?

  • Safa Saleh

    What should i do if i have alot if ip addresses added ? Am I hacked? (One of the ip’s names is gstatic)

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      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.

  • Ramadhian
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

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