Remove ProxyGate “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

I wrote this article to help you remove ProxyGate. This ProxyGate removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

If you are currently reading this page the chances are you have been infected with the ProxyGate “virus” and you wish to get rid of it. This is the absolute right decision but do you actually know what ProxyGate it and what it does. You must have noticed that your browser settings, whichever one you are using, have been modified without your approval. Also, the ads. You simply cannot miss the ads existence. You have opened your browser one day to find that nothing is the same anymore. Your browsing experience has changed and the changes are not pleasant. In this article, we will answer all of your questions regarding ProxyGate. Moreover, we are offering you our detailed removal guide which is easy to follow and which will help you remove ProxyGate for good. But before that, we recommend you take a few minutes to clearly understand what kind of parasite you are dealing with and what you can do to prevent it from infecting you again.

What is ProxyGate?

ProxyGate is a piece of software which is capable of invading all of your browsers. It takes complete control over them and makes completely unauthorized changes to their settings. Keep in mind that all of your browsers are infected and switching from one to another won`t help you. What kind of changes ProxyGate makes? For example, you must have noticed that after the parasite got it your homepage has been replaced. The same goes for your preferred search engine. They both have been substituted with new ones and you were never asked if you agree with this. Now, you see your brand new engine and homepage each time you open your browser or a new tab. Trying to use the new search engine must have led to you being redirected to suspicious unknown sites full of numerous annoying ads, right? And not only the first time. Every time you want to search for something. This cannot be what you call a normal and pleasant browsing experience. You being redirected and bombarded with ads all the time can absolutely ruin your online time. This is what an adware does. That what ProxyGate is. It is a member of the adware family. It is annoying, stubborn and of course unwanted. Nothing good ever comes from having an adware on board. This is the exact reason we have created this article – to help you uninstall it effectively and restore your normal browsing activity which is now being interrupted 24/7.

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The ProxyGate Virus

Is ProxyGate a “Virus”?

Contrary to what the majority of victims believe, ProxyGate is not a virus. People get this wrong impression mostly because of its aggressive meddling behind you back, redirects you all the time and throws an avalanche of ads your way. But luckily, Adware pieces are not considered viruses. A virus, like a Ransomware, Spyware or a Trojan, has absolutely different intentions when it comes to your system. Their aim is to completely wreck your machine, or steal your data, or extort you, or damage your files, or all of the above. Moreover, s virus stays hidden until it has managed to accomplish its goal or until it get red flagged, which is clearly the better option but it doesn’t work out like this every time. That’s why adware cannot be put in the virus category. It is hardly ever detected by an AV-program and this is because it doesn’t contain any harmful scripts. It is even legal, according to the law, as it is used for the purposes of the online advertising industry to display commercial and generate profit to its publishers via the Pay-per-Click mechanism. Corrupting your machine is not its goal. It is not capable of doing so. But this doesn’t change the fact that it must be removed. It can be harmful to you in another way. Remember all of this redirects and ads we talked about? Sometimes the adware may redirect you to a dangerous page laced with malware. From there, your will be one click away from compromising your PC with a much more serious threat, like a Ransomware or a Trojan. Don’t be misled by the fact that ProxyGate is not a virus. Moreover, you do not have put up with all the interruptions and annoyance it puts you through. How you are completely familiar with your situation you can proceed to delete ProxyGate once and for all.

How to protect myself in the future?

The chances are you got stuck with ProxyGate via a software bundle. Adware use this distribution tactic a lot and it is one of the most popular. If you download bundles program, especially from illegitimate sources, the chance of ending up with a parasite increases. This is because you cannot know what you are getting in addition unless you check the entire bundle program by program. Unfortunately, most users don’t take the time to do so. Also, they don’t tend to read the Terms and Conditions and EULA. They have not been made to be skipped. Pressing “next” without thinking twice about it the worst possible tactic. Especially when there is a way to prevent the intruder from entering by opting for the Advanced settings instead of the Basic ones and deselecting each program which looks suspicious and you don’t want to download it. Preventing an infection is much easier than dealing with it later. Luckily for you, our removal guide is available and you can remove ProxyGate in no time by simply following the instructions. However, do your best to protect yourself as next time you may not be so lucky and get stuck with a much more destructible infection.

ProxyGate Uninstall

STEP-1 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.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
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.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here 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.
firefox extensions
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).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

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

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.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove ProxyGate from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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