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Remove Ghostify ads (updated Jan 2017) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Where do Ghostify ads come from?

Online users tend to use label “Ghostify virus” when speaking about this ad-supported software by Epikai Ltd. However, the indicated app does not initiate illegal activities on the target computer, so it cannot be assigned to malware section. But Ghostify adware can sure annoy you if it finds its way to hijack your computer. This program may be introduced and promoted as a useful DNS service[1], but, in reality, it is an ad-based application which uses affiliate advertising to generate profit. It is interesting that this software’s download site is based on gostify.com domain. This reveals a direct connection to the Gostify ads we have discussed on our website previously. Presumably, these ads are generated by the same adware, so they can be eliminated the same way too. You will find suggestions how to remove Ghostify from your computer below. We should also remind you that you can always choose an easier approach and remove the virus using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other professional virus-fighting utility.

An image of Ghostify virus download website

Questions about Ghostify ads

Since this application is promoted as a DNS managing utility, it may conveniently use these settings to mess with your browser. When this program is on your computer, you will be automatically browsing through the ad servers which will allow the adware to provide you with modified content. As a result, you will probably witness an appearance of numerous Ghostify ads or even experience random redirects to very questionable sites. Be careful not to click on any of the online notifications that feature slogans like “Ads by Ghostify” or “Brought by Ghostify“ if you do not want to be involved in the shady advertising business. What you should also know about this program is that like the majority of adware programs, it may collect information about your browsing history, including search queries, visited websites or viewed pages. Although this data is all non-personally identifiable, you cannot be sure if the virus will not accidentally or purposefully disclose your personal information[2] either. If this happens, it can easily lead to more serious privacy violations and even identity theft[3]. It goes without saying that Ghostify removal is the best option to go for if your device is ever infected with this virus.

How did this annoying piece of software sneak into my computer?

You may download Ghostify from its official website, though there are other, deceptive ways its developers use to distribute it. They may attach this potentially unwanted program to some other freeware or shareware applications, so when you unknowingly download and install them on your device, this adware installs along. Such strategy is called bundling[4] and is successfully used to spread adware, browser hijacker, and other lightweight viruses online. A way to avoid installing unnecessary bundled programs is by choosing advanced installation mode when setting up new software on the computer. Follow the installation steps carefully and terminate the installation of suspicious programs in case you notice some included in the software package.

Updated on January 2017: Ghostify adware is making rounds on the world wide web again, effectively infecting computers of unsuspecting victims who like to download free programs from the Internet. It just proves that many users are still unaware of adware and its ways of distribution. To protect yourself from the Ghostify hijack, configure installation settings whenever you install new programs on the computer. 

How to make your computer Ghostify-free?

Primarily, there are two techniques to remove adware from the infected computer. The first method involves manual virus elimination and requires a considerable level of computer skills. If virus-fighting is not your forte, it would be much quicker and efficient to remove Ghostify using some advanced antivirus utilities. Besides, obtaining a reliable anti-malware tool[5] will ensure a much safer online browsing and stronger computer protection in the future. Of course, we do not leave the manual Ghostify removal aside. You can learn how to banish this virus from your computer manually, following the instructions provided below.

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To remove Ghostify ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Ghostify from Windows systems

This tutorial will help you to clean the system from Ghostify’s remains. Simply access Contol Panel and choose unwanted programs from the list. Right-click on a program, then choose Uninstall.

To remove Ghostify 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 Ghostify (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.

Remove Ghostify from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Ghostify from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Ghostify-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Ghostify, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Ghostify and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Ghostify-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Ghostify from Internet Explorer (IE)

Open Internet Explorer and remove suspicious plug-ins or add-ons from it using instructions described here. Then reset the browser.

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 Ghostify 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 Ghostify removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Ghostify 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 Ghostify-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

Delete Ghostify from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Mozilla Firefox is one of Ghostify’s targets, so do not forget to clean this browser as well. You may want to use instructions provided below.

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 Ghostify 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 Ghostify 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 Ghostify removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Ghostify from Google Chrome

You must delete all suspicious add-ons from Chrome to stop Ghostify from controlling your web browser. Then reset Chrome.

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 Ghostify 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 Ghostify-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 Ghostify removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Ghostify 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 Ghostify 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Permont4 says:
    July 7th, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Ive heard about gostify ads before.. They sound like a true burden to the browsing

  2. AlisterKobby says:
    July 7th, 2016 at 8:14 am

    So should I look for this adware as Gostify or Ghostify??

  3. Martin says:
    July 7th, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I think you should scan your pc with some antivirus. You wont have to grasp around in the dark

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