How to remove (uninstall) TheAdGateway.com

Do you see irritating ads on the Internet that come from the TheAdGateway.com search engine? Did you see the presence of TheAdGateway.com anywhere else on the computer? If something similar occurred lately – the device is infected with an advertising program, and this entry can assist you in eliminating it.

TheAdGateway.com

What is TheAdGateway.com

Immediately after the infection, TheAdGateway.com modifies the properties of the browsers. That's its most important goal, as the main function in this system is left for the scammers' search engine which takes over your browser when you download TheAdGateway.com. So, TheAdGateway.com alters your pre-set start page and the pre-set search engine and puts the scammer’s search in their place. Now, instead of searching via the reputable Google, Bing, Yahoo or whatever search you prefer – you’ll browse the Net via the crude fake website, showing pop-ups advertising banners wrong results of all forms and sizes. Another adware's task is to spoil the settings of browser icons so that in case you recover the good controls, you'll automatically open the scammers’ search system as a first tab.

TheAdGateway.com cannot be deleted as a regular utility, and if you attempt to do it - the adware will come back. It occurs because of the adware’s protective mechanisms, and we will define how they work:

  • The first manner of defense is to create a scheduled task on the restoration of the adware after its removal. System tasks aren’t frequently used by common computer owners, so TheAdGateway.com simply creates a task to check if it’s installed, and if it’s not – to download and set it again. That task checks the virus' status after each restart, and that’s why TheAdGateway.com is so hard to reinstall.
  • The second manner has the similar goal, but it employs the OS's registry and not the system tasks. You have to clear the registry to defeat this way, but it’s a rather complicated task for a newbie. The regular registry items are critically important, and by removing any of them, you might bring significant harm to the OS.

The program that generates banners is called TheAdGateway.com, and it is an advertising utility. It belongs to a specific category of utilities that can do nothing useful, as it was made to do one thing: to irritate you. Well, the driving-crazy stuff is not its final purpose, but you'll be irritated anyway until the virus does its job – displays advertising banners. When the penetration is complete, it changes the browser settings and displays you lots of pop-ups, ensuring that you click at least on a few of them. Hackers earn a little money for each click you're making, and now you understand why the ads keep popping up: it’s a real bonanza. In the sections below, we will explain in which way the virus got onto the laptop and how you might defend it against such threats. If you’re not interested and just want to get rid of the virus ASAP – don't mind the other sections and go to the removal instructions.

 

How TheAdGateway.com was installed in the system

To make it clear, we will depict the entire story from the beginning. Most of the advertising viruses are each other's copies, replicated many times and transferred to various hackers after few visual improvements. Some evil lads purchased this particular copy from the Dark Web, added their logo and published it on file-sharing sites around the Web. And after that, there was you, searching for it. Okay, you're saying that you haven't looked for a tool that will drive you mad? Maybe, you looked for a perfect way to damage your device, and found a useful link to TheAdGateway.com download? Still no? Okay, then, you wanted to download some utility that's actually good. Sort of a toll-free utility from an unknown developer, or a hacked replica of a well-known program you're not going to pay for.

The technique is called “affiliate installation”, and it means that swindlers unite the installers of a few undesired programs and one helpful utility to create one package. The primary point of the installer is that its pattern prevents you from inspecting the tools inside of it. On some of the stages, they display a suggestion to install more utilities, with the required checkmarks placed and the mouse cursor is already hovering over “OK”. And you clicked on it. There's another method, with the “ways of installation”. In most cases, the advanced installation technique is simply a pick of where you wish this software to be installed, which additional tools do you want, and which ones are pointless. In case of TheAdGateway.com, choosing the recommended installation means that you admit all the viruses from the bundle into your computer.

Methods to remove TheAdGateway.com

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove TheAdGateway.com manually

Step 1. Uninstall TheAdGateway.com from the operation system

Step 2. Remove TheAdGateway.com from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you know how TheAdGateway.com works, and you are aware of its sneaky techniques of infection. We’ve defined nearly everything, besides the highly important thing: the methods to uninstall this adware. Let’s get to it. You can eliminate TheAdGateway.com with the help of two plain methods. The first one is what you have already tried to execute – deletion in manual mode. There's a proper technique to do that, and under this part, you will see the guide on manual removal. The only flaw is the impossibility to delete lots of viruses with its help since it will require many hours to do. We present you another technique: you can completely delete the adware within a few minutes via Spyhunter anti-viral software. It has many pros, including wide signature database, high operation speed, round-the-clock support service and the ability to work along with other antiviral programs. Don’t waste your time, trying to guard the PC through unpaid programs – try the genuine anti-viral tool. Click the link under this paragraph to download an unpaid version with limited capacities.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall TheAdGateway.com from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select TheAdGateway.com and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\TheAdGateway.com
  • C:\ProgramData\TheAdGateway.com
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\TheAdGateway.com

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "TheAdGateway.com" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select TheAdGateway.com and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete TheAdGateway.com from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select TheAdGateway.com and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove TheAdGateway.com from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove TheAdGateway.com

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove TheAdGateway.com

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove TheAdGateway.com

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose TheAdGateway.com and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

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