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Remove Gostify ads (Tutorial) - 2016 update

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Ghostify | Type: Adware

Why should you not keep Gostify installed on your PC?

Questions about Gostify ads

Gostify virus (or Ghostify) comes as a supposedly useful application which claims to provide a reliable DNS service. In other words, this program allows you to access country-restricted content from other locations around the world. This service may be legitimate, however, because this program is free to download, it is monetized through promoting third-party content. So, essentially, by installing this tool, you are also allowing your browser to become an advertising platform for numerous companies and products. So, do not be surprised if you suddenly start seeing an unusual amount of pop-up ads, banners and other notifications labeled as “Ads by Gostify” or “Ghostify ads“ while browsing online. Also, do not panic if you do not manage to close them. Simply close the browser and run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other anti-malware software to remove Ghostify from your PC.

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We should also warn you that the content promoted by this adware is unpredictable. You may be offered to download some unknown software, system optimization tools, browser add-ons or similar suspicious content. Needless to say, you should install any of these on your computer. If the virus purposefully redirects you to a random site and some unknown download starts automatically, cancel it immediately or close your browser. You do not want any viruses entering your system. What most of the users also find irritating about Gostify is that it significantly impacts your system’s performance. And not in a good way. It slows the computer down, the desired websites take ages to load, while the browser may simply crash in the process. Is your country-unrestricted browsing really worth such sacrifice? Besides, there are DNS services that do not involve in any of the affiliate advertising, redirects and which improve your browsing experience instead of diminishing it. As you can see, there are numerous reasons to take care of the Gostify removal without even second-thinking it.

What are the most common adware distribution techniques?

If Gostify adware has infiltrated your computer, you might be wondering how could you not notice it. Think about whether you have recently installed some freeware or shareware applications on your computer? If you did, you might already have the answer. Potentially unwanted programs like Ghostify often come bundled with other programs, so the users rarely have any clue such infiltration ever happened. To gain more control over what software you are installing on your computer, you should go for the Advanced/Custom setup modes. These modes decompose the installation process into separate parts, allowing you to observe what additional content is being installed on your computer and to cancel the unwanted software manually.

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Nothing is more annoying than the never-ending ads popping up here and there, overlaying the original content of the visited websites and pushing products you are completely not interested in. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the users are complaining about after installing Gostify on their computers. Do we even need to mention that a full Gostify removal is a necessary step towards a healthy computer? If you are well aware of all the inconveniences and dangers a potentially unwanted program can bring on your computer, you are probably looking for quick ways to remove Gostify from the system. To help you with that, we have prepared manual virus removal instructions, provided at the end of this article. Although, we suggest opting for the automatic virus elimination instead,

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To remove Gostify ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Gostify from Windows systems

  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 Gostify and related programs
    Here, look for Gostify 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'

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

Get rid of Gostify 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, Gostify should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Gostify from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Erase Gostify from Google 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 Gostify 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 Gostify removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Gostify 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 Gostify 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 Gostify removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. tania145 says:
    July 4th, 2016 at 8:39 am

    quite pathetic to see how freeware program creators have to involve themselves into such shady businesses…

  2. Mattews says:
    July 4th, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Nothing annoys me more that constant popups when im trying to read the news!! This adware is a total bummer

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