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 malware|
|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.
Friendly Tip: In case you wish to be safer while downloading and installing programs in the future, try using software downloaders such as Ninite.
Delete LightGate Ads from Windows and Your Browser
Remove LightGate Ads automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove LightGate Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of LightGate Ads from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove LightGate Ads from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase LightGate Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall LightGate Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove LightGate Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate LightGate Ads from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove LightGate Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove LightGate Ads
Step 2: Uninstall LightGate Ads and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by LightGate Ads on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by LightGate Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of LightGate Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall LightGate Ads and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove LightGate Ads via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove LightGate Ads from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase LightGate Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall LightGate Ads from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove LightGate Ads from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the LightGate Ads will be removed.
Eliminate LightGate Ads from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.