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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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner 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 virus
AnonymizerGadget 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner 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 ads
AnonymizerGadget 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner . 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.

  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 AnonymizerGadget and related programs
    Here, look for AnonymizerGadget 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 AnonymizerGadget 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 AnonymizerGadget 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 AnonymizerGadget removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate AnonymizerGadget 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, AnonymizerGadget should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase AnonymizerGadget from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

  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 AnonymizerGadget 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 AnonymizerGadget removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall AnonymizerGadget from Google Chrome

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

  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 AnonymizerGadget 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 AnonymizerGadget removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove AnonymizerGadget 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 AnonymizerGadget 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 AnonymizerGadget removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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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