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Remove ProxyGate ads (Removal Guide) - May 2020 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

ProxyGate is calling itself a free VPN but is more likely to be an adware


ProxyGate is promoted as a free VPN service[1] that allows accessing geo-restricted websites created by a company called Gold Click Ltd. However, this application has plenty of negative features and operates as adware. It means that it can display commercial content as soon as it gets into the system.

ProxyGate adware seems to be actively spread using bundling – a deceptive software marketing method that allows installing this potentially unwanted program (PUP)[2] without asking direct user’s permission. However, some users might discover its official website and install it voluntarily.

Questions about ProxyGate ads

It seems that ProxyGate virus allows third-party ad servers to place cookies on user’s computers to track how the user interacts with advertisements, which, by the way, are also served by these ad servers and networks. According to the developers of this adware-type program:

We have included links on this site for your use and reference.

Be aware that third-party links can lead you to unexpected locations on the Internet, including possibly malicious sites. Therefore, we do not recommend you to click on any content (pop-up ads, banners, in-text links) that is marked as “ProxyGate ads.”

Logically, the appearance of repetitive ads uses computer resources, so do not be surprised if your computer starts to run slower right after the installation of the indicated adware. Therefore, to fix this issue, it is recommended to remove ProxyGate from the computer and scan it for other threats using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software.

Additionally, the majority of ad-supported applications are capable of tracking user’s activities online; and ProxyGate might not be an exception. According to, security specialists, it might track browsing history, clicked ads, search queries, IP address,[3] and similar information which can be used for targeted advertising campaigns.

However, there’s always a possibility that adware can install third-party tracking technologies or share aggregated information with partners or affiliates, which might be not only advertising networks but cyber criminals too. Thus, ProxyGate removal is needed to avoid privacy-related issues as well.

ProxyGate adwareProxyGate adware pretends to be a legitimate program, but is much more an adware.

Most likely this ad-supported application has downloaded to your PC together with other free programs

You might install this ad-supported app alongside free applications as a “recommended download.” Chances are, you might not even notice that such suggestions are provided because PUPs are spread via bundling, an efficient software distribution method that allows packing several programs together. Bundled software[4] can be downloaded from insecure download sites, so be careful and think before you hit that “download” button.

Even if you end up downloading an untrustworthy free program, check whether it has some additional pieces of software added to it by opening Advanced or Custom installation settings. These are provided within the setup wizard. If you see any statements like “I agree to install XXX” or “Yes, make XXX as my homepage” after selecting these settings, then remove ticks from checkboxes next to them.

Just like we have mentioned above, this adware has its official site, but it seems that users rarely visit it. Therefore, security team from[5] claim that the majority of users become victims of ProxyGate hijack after installing a software bundle.

Delete ProxyGate virus and reduce the number of suspicious ads on the browser

You can remove ProxyGate ads by uninstalling this suspicious program from the Control Panel together with other related entries. However, some of the adware-related components may have been installed to your web browsers as well. Thus, you should follow our prepared guide and wipe out them too.

If you do not want to waste your precious time, just install an anti-malware software, run a system scan to detect suspicious programs and complete ProxyGate removal automatically. Remember to keep your anti-malware program up-to-date to make it capable of detecting the latest spyware and malware examples. Otherwise, it might not be able to remove certain cyber threats that are very new.

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To remove ProxyGate ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall ProxyGate from Windows systems

Uninstall ProxyGate via Control Panel and look up for other questionable programs that may have been installed without your knowledge.

  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 ProxyGate and related programs
    Here, look for ProxyGate 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'

Eliminate ProxyGate 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 ProxyGate 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'

Erase ProxyGate from Internet Explorer (IE)

Adware might mess up with Internet Explorer's settings. Thus, you should follow these steps to recover it:

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

Delete ProxyGate 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, ProxyGate should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove ProxyGate from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To remove ProxyGate redirect virus from Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps:

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

Get rid of ProxyGate from Google Chrome

In order to stop receiving ProxyGate ads, you have to uninstall questionable add-ons and reset the browser as shown below:

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

Uninstall ProxyGate 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 ProxyGate 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 ProxyGate removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. Reise says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 6:34 am

    i cant stand ProxyGate ads! I thought it will be a useful program, turns out it is just a piece of malware! Hate it!

  2. Drizzy says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Thanks for providing these instructions! Deleted and forgot this threat already.

  3. Harib0 says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Could not delete it, whyyyy

  4. Christina38 says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 6:38 am

    No, please… no more ads! I need to get anti-adware solution. My antivirus does not help to control these ad-supported viruses at all…

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