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Remove Ads by AdGazelle

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as AdGazelle ads, AdGazelle virus, AdGazelle adware | Type: Adware

What is AdGazelle?

AdGazelle by Popajar Inc. is a name that is used to describe an adware that may show up on users’ computers out of nowhere and may cause a serious havoc on all the most popular web browsers. Usually, it appears as a Browser Helper Object, add-on or browser extensions depending on the web browser’s type that the user employs. Generally speaking, this dubious adware may prevent you from efficient and comfortable Internet browsing by causing irritating advertisements, slow downs and redirects to suspicious domains.

The first sign indicating that your computer has already been infected by this adware is commercial advertisements marked as ‘Ads by AdGazelle’. As soon as you start receiving such advertisements, we recommend you to employ a reputable anti-spyware, (e.g. Reimage) and remove this adware from the system right away. The majority of anti-spyware programs detect AdGazelle virus as Win32/AdGazelle.C and classify it as a potentially uwnanted program (PUP). It means that it’s not considered as malicious; however, it may cause various issues that may cause computer-related issues. To be more precise, it may cause slowdowns and may increase security vulnerabilities. Even more, it may initiate AdGazelle ads that may be linked to really suspicious websites where you may even be tricked into installing other PUPs. Finally, this adware may even cause privacy-related issues as it may use cookies to track your browsing routine. Due to all aforementioned issues we recommend you to remove AdGazelle virus without any delay.

How can AdGazelle hijack my computer?

AdGazelle is non-malicious application. However, it may slither onto your computer unnoticed and cause various inconveniences that may not only disrupt your daily browsing activities but may even cause serious computer and privacy related issues. In order to prevent infiltration of this adware, you should keep in mind that it’s usually distributed bundled with other freewares. It may be included in the list of ‘Optional downloads’ among other potentially unwanted programs, such as Smart Suggestor, Go HD, OffersWizard, MetaSearch and offered to install for no cost. However, you should carefully think before doing that because ‘optional downloads’ are usually deceptive programs and once installed appear to be adwares or browser hijackers. That’s why we always urge people to deselect them. Unfortunately, they commonly forget that freewares may be filled with additional components and accelerate freeware’s installation without checking anything. DON’T do that. Make sure that you always select Advanced or Custom installation and read all the terms that are disclosed to you. Carefully check every check box because it’s very easy to skip additional programs and enable them to be installed by default. If AdGazelle redirects have recently started bothering you, don’t waste your time and fix your PC right away.

How to remove AdGazelle virus?

As we have already mentioned, AdGazelle redirect virus seldom spreads on its own. It’s typically bundled with other poor reputation freewares and other PUPs. Thus, we recommend you to remove AdGazelle virus using a reputable anti-spyware. In case you prefer to remove it manually, then follow the guide that is given below:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove AdGazelle ads, follow these steps:

Erase AdGazelle from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall AdGazelle and related programs
    Here, look for AdGazelle or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete AdGazelle from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for AdGazelle or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove AdGazelle from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for AdGazelle and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete AdGazelle removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of AdGazelle ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, AdGazelle should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate AdGazelle from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select AdGazelle and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete AdGazelle removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall AdGazelle from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select AdGazelle and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete AdGazelle removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase AdGazelle from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for AdGazelle or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete AdGazelle removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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