New adware has been reported to slither onto user systems, displaying various online advertisements. The program is known as LightGate and it displays advertisements of different characters. Users have reported that they have primarily seen ads resembling chat messages incoming from different services. Anybody who sees “Ads by LightGate” should be aware that this software may be dangerous through the third-party sites it advertises. Its removal is recommended.
|Short Description||Designed to display third-party advertisement as part of pay-per click schemes or hoax traffic boostage.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake incoming message type of pop-ups as well as other forms of advertisement and even browser redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Via different bundled installers of free software downloaded from shady websites.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by LightGate Ads|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss LightGate Ads.|
LightGate Ads How Did I Get It
One way you may have received LightGate Ads onto your computer is via other software. Since most users tend to download the free programs they often use by searching for them on the internet, it is highly advisable always to look for the official website of the software being downloaded. This is because some third-party websites that are also offering it add other programs “as free extras” in the installation. Some suspicious sites even include adware, such as LightGate Ads, and this is how most users install them unknowingly.
LightGate Ads In Detail
Once installed on the computer, LightGate ads may create various registry entries to allow itself to start every time you run Windows. For that, it may target:
Not only this, but the software may grant itself what is known as Elevation of Privilege. These are permissions that it may obtain to display different advertisements on your favorite web browser. The most frequently targeted web browsers are the most used ones – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The advertisements that you may encounter which are labeled with the “LightGate Ads” name may be of different origins. They may be generated via tracking technologies such as different types of cookies, beacons, tags or pixels used by this software. The ads displayed by LightGate Ads might be in different forms as well:
- Fake chat messages.
- Browser Redirects.
- Taken over banner space.
- Highlighted text on a website, frequently visited by the user.
Furthermore, LightGate Ads may gain permissions to manage the extensions of your web browser. This may allow it to download other browser extensions and fill up your PC with even more adware. Not only this but it may collect different information from users, such as:
- IP Address and location.
- Language and nationality.
- Operating system.
- Antivirus protection software.
Such information may or may not be traded to third-parties for profit.
All of these risks are not the primary dangers that may be associated indirectly with LightGate Ads. The primary risk connected to this software is the third-party websites it may advertise. Sometimes ad-supported software’s developers do not mind advertising malicious or scamming websites to users and this is one method of infecting them with malware or draining their wallets. This is why PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) such as LightGate Ads are not to underestimate.
Remove LightGate Ads from Your Computer
In case you are willing to be rid of this software completely, there are several methods to do it. You may download an advanced anti-spyware software which will also automatically detect any malware that may be residing on your system without your knowledge and protect you from future intrusions as well. Furthermore, it is advisable to follow the instructions posted bellow to manually remove LightGate Ads from your computer.
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