ProxyGate removal instructions
What is ProxyGate?
ProxyGate is an application that falsely claims to enhance the web browsing experience by providing access to a number of proxy servers. These fake promises often trick users into believing that ProxyGate is a legitimate application, however, it is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) ProxyGate delivers various intrusive advertisements; 2) this application gathers various data types relating to Internet browsing activity, and; 3) ProxyGates often infiltrates systems without users' consent.
After stealth system infiltration, ProxyGate employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, and various other advertisement types. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site, thus concealing underlying content and significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, these ads often redirect to malicious websites - clicking them risks further computer infections. ProxyGate also gathers various information that might include personal details. Data includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), websites visited, search queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, and so on. Developers share this recorded data with third party persons (often cyber criminals) who attempt to generate revenue by misusing private data. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app such as ProxyGate on your system can lead to serious privacy issues. We strongly advise you to eliminate ProxyGate adware immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Research reveals hundreds of adware-type applications similar to ProxyGate. Examples include USB Locker, BrowsingGuard, QkSee, and CurveLayer. All adware promises 'valuable features' to trick users to install, however, none provide the functionality promised. Adware-type apps simply display intrusive advertisements and collect personal data. They are designed only to generate revenue for the developers - applications such as ProxyGate are useless for regular users.
How did ProxyGate install on my computer?
Developers distribute ProxyGate via an official download website and by using a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular applications. Developers are aware that many users do not express enough caution during the download/installation processes and conceal bundled programs within the "Custom" or "Advanced" section of these processes. Skip this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications such as ProxyGate.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent system infiltration by potentially unwanted programs, be very cautious during the download/installation processes. Closely analyze each step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Furthermore, all additionally-included programs should be cancelled. Bundled software is often rogue and, thus, should never be installed. The key to computer safety is caution.
Deceptive free software installer distributing ProxyGate adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is ProxyGate?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ProxyGate application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ProxyGate adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ProxyGate ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by ProxyGate' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ProxyGate ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ProxyGate adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "ProxyGate version 188.8.131.526", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ProxyGate ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ProxyGate adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "ProxyGate", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the proxygate ads, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "ProxyGate", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the proxygate ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "ProxyGate".
Computer users who have problems with proxygate ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the proxygate ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove proxygate ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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