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AnonymizerGadget removal guide

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Anonymizer Gadget is an adware-type program that drops various files like AnonymizerLauncher.exe on the system to ensure its presence

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Anonymizer Gadget is a PUP that can be detected by antivirus tools as PUP.Optional.AnonymizerGadget or Adware.AnonymizerGadget. Being developed by Jetico Ltd., this application can also be found under NotToTrack name. However, every time you run into its official site, it claims that you should install it to encrypt your Internet traffic and hide your IP address from hackers and spies.

Although such a description sounds promising, you should be careful with proxies in general as you can reveal your sensitive information for wrong people. Besides, once installed, AnonymizerGadget virus starts acting like typical adware[1] which causes numerous ads, in-text links, and similar content to help its developers gain some income. 

Questions about AnonymizerGadget ads

The most common adware symptom is the most annoying feature of the Anonymizer Gadget too because all those coupons, in-text-ads, pop-ups, banners, blinking boxes fill up the screen making the machine useless and even running extremely slow. You cannot fix the performance nor other issues until you delete this PUA completely from the machine and fix alterations made in the registry, in browser settings and startup preferences.

Name Anonymizer Gadget
Can also be known as NotToTrack 
Type  Adware
Promoted as  Optimization app that provides proxy services
Main payload file AnonymizerLauncher.exe
Can be detected as 
  • PUP.Optional.AnonymizerGadget;
  • Adware.AnonymizerGadget
Symptoms Redirects online traffic to questionable sites, delivers intrusive commercial content
Distribution Software bundles, promotional advertisements
Elimination Use ReimageIntego and remove Anonymizer Gadget from the system

AnonymizerGadget should be used with carefulness because it the provided proxy services can make its users vulnerable to data loss and identity theft. However, the most popular issue its users are dealing with is intrusive ads which are displayed while people are browsing the Internet. After clicking them, you are brought to the third-party site seeking to:

  • sell you something;
  • convince you to provide your personal information;
  • install some tool/add-on/plugin on your computer.

The program starts the previously-mentioned activities right after it settles down on the system. Anonymizer Gadget can alter files on the system or add new data to ensure that it is working on the device for as long as possible. The program can install these components:

  • AnonymizerLauncher.exe;
  • AGLoader.dll;
  • AGUtils.dll.

Although Anonymizer Gadget won't uninstall easily, this is nothing but a PUP that can be categorized as an adware-type application as well. Adware type programs are known for annoying promotional content and infiltration using deceptive techniques like software bundling. Security experts[2] advise paying more attention during installations merely because of these unwanted programs.

Be aware of misleading ads – they can look catchy, but in reality, they are fake ads that can end you up on rogue websites that belong to third-party companies. Some of these websites can be dangerous or carry infectious content, so make sure you do not agree to install any suspicious programs or updates from such unreliable web sources.

This shady program raises some questions when it appears on the system out of nowhere. Users call Anonymizer Gadget a virus for the intrusive behavior and questionable distribution methods.[3] Unfortunately when he person encounters the PUP and tries to uninstall it, he or she realizes how difficult that is to achieve. If it is not listed in programs, cannot be found in Control Panel, you need an automatic tool that can terminate the program with all the applications and associated files. AnonymizerGadget virusAnonymizerGadget is a potentially unwanted program associated with NotToTrack proxy application. These intruders focus on creating commercial content and redirecting users' online traffic to insecure sites.

You can recognize ads by NotToTrack by the text above or below the advertisements (pop-up ads or banners). Examples include:

  • “Powered by AnonymizerGadget“
  • “Brought to you by AnonymizerGadget “
  • “RocketTab powered by AnonymizerGadget“
  • “Ads by AnonymizerGadget”
  • “Ads powered by AnonymizerGadget“
  • “AnonymizerGadget deals.”  

If you want to stay safe on the Internet, we do not recommend to keep this adware program on your system. Plus, AnonymizerGadget continuously connects to various ad servers in the background and uses your Internet connection. Because of that, you are going to encounter problems with computer functionality – it is going to work much slower than it usually does. Finally, we should also add that the adware can track your online searches to know more about your search preferences.[4]

If you have been dealing with the unwanted content, there are a few ways to get rid of it. You can delete all suspicious programs, files, and plugins manually but there is an easier method of virus elimination. We recommend opting for an automatic Anonymizer Gadget removal with an anti-spyware program. If it reports about PUP.Optional.AnonymizerGadget or Adware.AnonymizerGadget, make sure you terminate the entry.

If you cannot remove Anonymizer Gadget completely because it reappears on your system, run ReimageIntego to repair your PC completely. If you do that manually, you should take every step in exact order to terminate the PUP safely. However, make sure to use the repair software as well to bring your PC system to its starting position. AnonymizerGadget pop-up adsAnonymizerGadget virus is a cyber threat that displays pop-up ads, banners and injects your browser with various other commercial content.

Tips on how to avoid adware and other PUP infecting the machine

You can end up with adware on your system not only if you install it by downloading it from its official site. You can also get this unwanted program from the deceptive promotional ad or together with third-party software, e.g. completely unintentionally.

For example, if you like to download and try free programs from the Internet, you should be super attentive and investigate each software installer’s statement. Reading Privacy Policy, EULA, and other sections on the website may give you more information about the possible intruder.

The issue is, most of the potentially unwanted apps are spread using a bundling method, and it allows to distribute such shady programs silently. The bundled software looks like one application, and there are no signs that it holds several suspicious attachments unless you check it in the Advanced or Custom installation mode.

If the software has some “optional downloads” added, then Advanced and Custom installation options should reveal pre-selected agreements to install them. To reject these optional downloads, merely de-select the agreements to install them and continue with the safe install.

You need to note that Anonymizer Gadget removal needs professional tools

Anonymizer Gadget virus can be erased either manually or automatically. Our research team recommends using the automatic removal option as some computer users claim that it is quite hard to understand how to remove PUPs manually. Plus, a reputable computer security software can scan your system thoroughly and find all hidden computer parasites, and destroy them.

If you still want to remove Anonymizer Gadget by yourself, you need to make sure that every additional browser extension or file is deleted from the device. If not, this virus termination process gives no results. Adware adds data and makes changes on the device to keep this virus elimination more difficult.

If you have any questions related to Anonymizer Gadget removal, do not hesitate to contact us via the ‘Ask us’ form, which can be found at the top of the page. However, we believe that if you follow our provided guide step-by-step and use reputable anti-malware, there is no additional help needed.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove AnonymizerGadget ads, follow these steps:

Remove AnonymizerGadget from Windows systems

To remove Anonymizer Gadget virus, you have to carefully look through these instructions and do everything as explained below. Do not ignore even the smallest details and be patient. It takes time to discover and remove potentially unwanted programs. If you want to, you can try to find AnonymizerGadget uninstaller. However, we highly doubt that it provides one. You should look for this program's folder in C://Program Files/AnonymizerGadget. The uninstaller might be called as unins.exe or uninstall.exe.

To remove AnonymizerGadget from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to AnonymizerGadget (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete AnonymizerGadget from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for AnonymizerGadget and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete AnonymizerGadget removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate AnonymizerGadget ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the AnonymizerGadget-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase AnonymizerGadget from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Scan your device and remove AnonymizerGadget. Follow this guide to double-check if your Firefox was affected too:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to AnonymizerGadget and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case AnonymizerGadget did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete AnonymizerGadget removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall AnonymizerGadget from Google Chrome

Clean the browser further after AnonymizerGadget removal to make sure there is no additional content left:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to AnonymizerGadget by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the AnonymizerGadget-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete AnonymizerGadget removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove AnonymizerGadget from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to AnonymizerGadget and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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  1. Lordy says:
    December 30th, 2015 at 8:19 am

    AnonymizerGadget has no use, just a stupid program that makes your PC freeze. Do not install it!

  2. fOO says:
    December 30th, 2015 at 8:20 am

    i cannot add anything else, just agree with you. it is really worthless program! cost a lot of my nerves to remove it …

  3. KenBroke says:
    December 30th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for a great removal guidelines, 2-spyware. Removed AnonymizerGadget easily

  4. Meh says:
    December 31st, 2015 at 6:20 am

    AnonymizerGadget is a spammy product, which really is useless… Sad, because i thought I can secure my privacy online with a help of this app

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