What is AnonymizerGadget?
AnonymizerGadget (NotToTrack) is presented as the fastest proxy application currently available. On initial inspection, this app may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is often distributed as a 'bundle' with other software. Furthermore, it generates various intrusive online advertisements.
According to the developers, AnonymizerGadget generates no more than two ads per day, however, its displayed advertisements do not originate from users' visited websites. By concealing underlying web content, these advertisements significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience.
Furthermore, there is a chance that promoted websites will contain malicious content. Clicking them risks further adware or malware infections. Be aware that potentially unwanted programs are likely to gather various Internet browsing-related information that might contain personally identifiable details.
In addition, this recorded data is often shared with third parties who are likely to misuse personal data to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, all potentially unwanted programs should be uninstalled immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Detection Names||BitDefender (Application.Agent.HZN), DrWeb (Adware.Zaxar.121), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.AnoGad.gen), McAfee (Artemis!65F1C36413FC), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Supposed Functionality||AnonymizerGadget is presented as a high-end Proxy application.|
|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)||
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AnonymizerGadget shares many similarities with DNS-Keeper, YTDownloader, Storm Alerts, and hundreds of other potentially unwanted programs that not only generate intrusive ads, but also cause unwanted browser redirects and gather personal data. PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers.
Promises to improve the Internet browsing experience are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimate and useful software. In fact, they provide no real value for users.
How did AnonymizerGadget install on my computer?
AnonymizerGadget is mostly promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of rogue software with regular software/apps. The main issue is the lack of attention paid by users during the download and installation processes.
Developers know that many users rush these processes and skip most/all steps. For this reason, they conceal PUPs within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings. By rushing these processes, users inadvertently install rogue software, thereby exposing their systems to risk of further infection and putting their privacy at risk.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Only by paying close attention during the download and installation will you be able to protect your system from potentially unwanted programs. Most of these apps are concealed and, therefore, it is important to closely analyze each single step when downloading/installing software and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.
Deceptive free software installers promoting AnonymizerGadget ("Anonymous Gadget" or "NotToTrack") adware:
Screenshot of the AnonymizerGadget application:
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- What is AnonymizerGadget?
- STEP 1. Uninstall AnonymizerGadget application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove AnonymizerGadget adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove AnonymizerGadget ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by AnonymizerGadget' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove AnonymizerGadget ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
AnonymizerGadget adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "AnonymizerGadget", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes AnonymizerGadget ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove AnonymizerGadget adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, AnonymizerGadget did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the nottotrack adware, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the nottotrack adware, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with nottotrack adware 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 nottotrack adware, 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.
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