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

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Where do Ghostify ads come from?

Questions about Ghostify ads

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 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

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.

  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 Ghostify and related programs
    Here, look for Ghostify 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'

Remove Ghostify 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 Ghostify 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'

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.

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

Uninstall Ghostify 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, Ghostify should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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.

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

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.

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

Get rid of Ghostify 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 Ghostify 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 Ghostify removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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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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