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Remove Dongtaiwang (Virus Removal Guide) - Apr 2019 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser Hijackers is the website used to promote VPN application called Freegate

Questions about Dongtaiwang is the potentially unwanted application promoted as the tool designed to access websites that are blocked based on the users' country or IP address. Unfortunately, this site categorizes as a potentially unwanted program because it makes changes to users' browser and affects the performance significantly. Once installed this browser hijacker changes browsers' homepage, new tab settings and starts causing additional redirects and pop-up messages with various commercial content. This cyber threat forces to visit other questionable pages, so every view on the site can get monetized, and revenue for the publisher gets generated this way.  Additionally, cybercriminals can use the fact that the domain is popular and trick you into browsing the counterfeit copy of the website. Then initiate installs not only of the Freegate VPN application but other more significant malware like trojan horses.

Also known as  Dongtaiwang or Freegate application
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms Changes important setting on the browser, alters homepage, new tab preferences, delivers intrusive commercial content, causes redirects to more suspicious pages
Distribution Deceptive advertisements, freeware installers, fake software cracks
Main danger Tracks and collects information about the user. This activity can lead to privacy issues
Removal tips Use Reimage for general system cleaning 

This website provides Chinese-speaking users the chance to access the internet without restrictions by the government, but this is not safe to use because Dongtaiwang collects and tracks information about the user and his or her browsing activities.[1]

While browsing online, you might encounter various potentially dangerous domains and programs, and Dongtaiwang virus happens to be one of them. Since this cyber threat is classified as a browser hijacker, it tends to redirect you to insecure websites and fill your browser with highly bothersome ads.[2]

What is more, you may notice significantly deteriorated PC performance and slow browser processes. That is why you should not delay Dongtaiwang removal. One of the ways to do it is to run a system scan using a reputable anti-malware program like Reimage. is owned by Dynamic Internet Technology company that has the purpose of distributing VPN service Freegate. The website initiates an automatic download of this application on affected devices and can also install other suspicious programs to your computer. PUP can also install other programs and browser extensions like:

  • Suspicious search engines;
  • Browser add ons;
  • Toolbars;
  • Extensions or tools.

Freegate browser hijacker is distributed by DynaPass.exe, FreegateX.exe,, Freegate.exe files that may appear on the system out of nowhere when initiates the automatic installation of the app. Unfortunately, various AV engines can detect this site as not malicious, you still need to get a reputable antivirus program and clean the machine.

You might wonder why this program is considered a malicious one. Mainly it is detested for its Dongtaiwang redirect tendency. After starting to use this insecure search engine, you realize that current browsing considerably deviates from your expectations.

In other words, the hijacker modifies search results by delivering only sponsored by third-parties. Thus, if you want to enter an objective website without ads covering it entirely, then you might struggle to find one. Additionally, you should know that those redirect links might be infected with harmful malware, for instance, trojans or ransomware. That is why you should restrain from peeking in them. Therefore, it is vital to remove Dongtaiwang as soon as possible.  Dongtaiwang browser hijacker is the website that infiltrates the system and changes browsers' preferences to redirect online traffic and generate pay-per-click revenue for other advertisers and PUP providers.

Furthermore, the hijacker might spy on your daily browsing activities by employing various cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies. Though legitimate websites do that as well, might leak the compiled data to third-parties. On their behalf, they violate it for creating advertisements.

Such activity brings material profit to them and any other associated commercial content creators who employ Freegate browser hijacker for the purpose of redirecting. After they successfully analyze the information, you may spot even more pay-per-click ads bombarding your computer with more content geared towards your preferences. All in all, Dongtaiwang hijack might be quite unpleasant.

Methods of the hijacker distribution

The distribution ways of this PUP are quite intriguing. Usually, it is spotted traveling along with free applications as any potentially unwanted program does. Once users download one of them, they recklessly finish the installation process without giving a second look.

As a result, browser hijacker, adware or any other PUPs infect the computer. You should change your habits by installing new software to prevent unwanted applications from entering your computer, as many experts recommend.[3]

Firstly, you should select “Custom” installation settings. Afterward, make sure you de-select any existing add-ons. Additionally, note that this program might get into your system via corrupted hyperlinks. Convinced that it is a legitimate search engine alternative, you may download the hijacker directly from its webpage.

Make sure to remove quickly as possible with AV tools

There are two ways to get rid of this virus. The first solution includes manual removal. Since it is a browser hijacker, deleting it entirely without leaving any traces is of utmost importance. Make sure you go through each installation step thoroughly.

There are manual guidelines provided below on this page. Alternatively, you may opt for automatic removal. It might be a less time-consuming option. The software deletes the malware within a few minutes. Generally speaking, such a program is highly beneficial since it effectively blocks any malware.

However, you may ease its job by staying vigilant as well and sticking to legitimate search engines rather than opting for new ones. If you are still determined to renew your browsing experience, before you install a new browsing tool, check reviews whether it isn’t classified as a browser hijacker or doesn’t include any malicious features.

Keep in mind these precautions, and you will be able to remove and stop other similar infections before the infiltration.

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 Dongtaiwang, follow these steps:

Eliminate Dongtaiwang from Windows systems

Get rid of the intrusive hijacker:

  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 Dongtaiwang and related programs
    Here, look for Dongtaiwang 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'
  5. Remove Dongtaiwang from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of Dongtaiwang 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 Dongtaiwang 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'

Delete Dongtaiwang 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 Dongtaiwang 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 Dongtaiwang removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Dongtaiwang 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, Dongtaiwang should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Dongtaiwang from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow steps and reset the Firefox to eliminate completely

  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 Dongtaiwang 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Dongtaiwang removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Dongtaiwang from Google Chrome

Make sure to clean the browser additionally and eliminate or any suspicious extension and toolbar

  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 Dongtaiwang 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Dongtaiwang removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Dongtaiwang 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 Dongtaiwang or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Dongtaiwang, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Dongtaiwang removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Fredy says:
    April 27th, 2016 at 9:53 am

    A Chinese browser hijacker? It seems that they are crafty at everything.

  2. Vanessa says:
    April 27th, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Surprisingly, I got infected wth it! I had the anti-spyware app remove it for me.

  3. Alvin29 says:
    July 22nd, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Cant believe it, but I have removed a computer virus with my own hands. Thank you for the help!

  4. Reese says:
    July 22nd, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Very annoying chinese app, I had a hard time trying to remove it!!!! but thanks for providing instructions!!!

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