How to remove DarkGate malware


This guide will explain you how to get rid of the Trojan software, known as DarkGate, the manners of its penetration into the workstation, and the ways to protect your system from it. We have made easy and efficient guide that will assist you to eliminate DarkGate, and all the effects of its actions once and for all.

DarkGate trojan virus

Let's talk about DarkGate Trojan, on which we’ve been receiving more and more complaints recent days. If DarkGate already penetrated the workstation, then you need to know how to fight it. Viruses of the Trojan kind are distinguished by their high effectiveness, and are able to actively resist removal, create their own copies and recover after partial deletion. We can help you, and in final part of our guide you'll see the efficient tips on DarkGate uninstalling. Trojan viruses rarely penetrate the device on their own, so you shouldn't focus on the removal of one virus, but clean the whole system. If you know enough about Trojans - skip the following paragraphs, but if Trojans threat is something unknown for you - familiarize with the following paragraphs to understand how to protect the machine against these threats.


What is DarkGate trojan

Experts declare that Trojans make up most share of all perilous software, thanks to usability and efficiency. The most common examples of such tasks are the steal of passwords and crucial information, botnets development, updating and maintaining already installed viruses or espionage. Despite their multiple advantages, Trojans have one significant weakness - they can't infect user's system on their own. In last years, customers think that all malicious or suspicious software are viruses, but we should say that Trojans can’t be called so, because virus can replicate itself, capable of quickly spread over local networks and the Internet. Trojan programs cannot reproduce themselves, and cannot infect the computer on their own. The only thing that Trojan is capable of doing before infesting the system is waiting until some trustful customer chooses to download it and installs it. All the facts written above lead us to one solution: Trojans have to be found and disarmed before they infest the machine!

There is a widespread (and wrong) thought that antiviral tool can fully defend the computer from malware. Antiviruses are very helpful, but they cannot restrict you the access to dangerous webpages, and prohibit you to download anything you want, including viruses. To make sure that the system is safe, you need to get rid of dangerous habits, and behave wisely on the Internet. It's not difficult, and you will have to listen to one of the written down advices:

  • If you're not ready to fully abandon the use of unlicensed programs, you should thoroughly inspect all programs that you are going to install. Trojans most often hide under the guise of good programs such as search engines, driver updaters, browsers, special software, system optimizers and browser games. Do not install weird utilities from this list, and when installing another unlicensed utility - watch closely at the installation, declining all proposals for installing extra programs.
  • The easiest method is to fully quit using utilities of suspicious provenance. By these we mean all the programs downloaded not from the reliable developer websites or well-known distributors. Naturally, the cracked copies of good tools also are potentially malicious. If you quit using suchlike programs, the probability of infestation would be reduced to minimal, and antivirus can easily cope with this minimum.

Abide to these advices and you'll immediately feel the fruits: your machine will become clean, fast and workable, and will stay so forever.

DarkGate removal instruction

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

Usually we offer two ways to remove undesired programs, but unfortunately, when removing Trojans, it's almost impossible to find and remove them in manual mode. Trojan can be placed literally anywhere in the system, so a novice user can slip up, delete an important data and cause a system failure. If you don't want such things to happen, we have made a guide that will help you to get rid of DarkGate quickly and efficiently. The first stage will be going into Safe Mode and inspecting system folders. Stage #2 is downloading and installing Spyhunter antivirus. Next stage will be to abide the instructions, and after five minutes your system will be again in service.

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

Remember that you don't have to buy Spyhunter right now - you can familiarize with its advantages by installing an unpaid trial version. If you're interested in purchasing Spyhunter or want to read more about it - click on the button below.

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

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