I wrote this article to help you remove TheAdGateway.com. This TheAdGateway.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The appearance of the TheAdGateway.com site is a bad sign. It indicates the presence of a cyber infection in your system. An adware pest, to be clear. The display of the above-mentioned page is a warning. Accept it as such and heed it. The sooner you take measures against the intruder, the better for you and your machine.
Adware infections do not make for pleasant companions. All they do is make a mess. The one you are stuck with is no different. You better find its exact hiding spot and delete it before your situation worsens. TheAdGateway.com will not bring you anything good. On the contrary. The more time it spends, the more problems you face. Do not let it ruin your browsing experience and expose you to malware risk. Find it and get rid of it. This is the best course of action you can take. Take it before it is too late.
The adware doesn’t need your permission to make changes in your browsers. It is able to act as it sees fit and leaves you to find the reshuffles yourself. For instance, one day you open your browser only to find that your previous homepage and search engine have been replaced with a new domain. No matter what you do, you cannot undo the reshuffle. The adware has taken control over your browsers. From now on, everything you do, the adware interferes. The pest constantly redirects you to suspicious looking sites. It bombards you with countless commercials. Even the pages which used to be ad-free are now heavy on banners, deals, offers, in texts, hyperlinks, etc.
Also, additional tabs open all the time. Your online videos get paused for commercials breaks. You are unable to find anything you are looking for because your browsers struggle to displays content correctly. The adware prevents you from using your machine normally. It also exposes you to constant malware risk. Nothing you see can be trusted. Not the ads, not the sites, nothing. A single wrong click and you may download more infections on your already infected machine. But there is more.
The pest also threatens your privacy. It spies on you and collects sensitive data. Then, it uses it to create commercials which will spark your interest. This way, it assures your clicks and your clicks bring hackers profits. This is called the pay-per-click mechanism. Every time you click on something the adware displayed, the crooks get paid. You become their sponsor AND you risk infecting your PC even more. Do yourself a favor and delete the adware NOW. It has no place on board. Use our removal guide below and clean your PC once and for all.
How did the TheAdGateway.com adware enter without you noticing? Do you often download free programs off of the web? If yes, do you opt for the Custom or for the Standard settings? If your answer is the Standard, change your habits. These settings are completely automatic. They offer you no control. If there are some extra apps attached to the program you are installing, they enter your PC as well.
With the Custom settings, however, you are able to deselect all extras before finishing the installation. Yes, this takes a little more time and this time could save you tons of future issues. Do not rush. A little extra attention goes a long way. Take the time to protect your PC. Preventing an infection from entering is always easier than dealing with its shenanigans later. Think about that next time you install something. Vigilance is what keeps your computer clean!
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove TheAdGateway.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.