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Lightgate.exe Adware Removal

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Welcome to our Lightgate.exe Adware removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Lightgate.exe from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

Users ask us every day about Lightgate.exe and how to successfully protect themselves and their device(s) from it. Thus, we decided to write this article and hope that it will be helpful and useful to you.

Lightgate Ads

How dangerous is Lightgate.exe?

If suddenly you find yourself getting bombarded with too many pop-up ads or other kinds of digital advertisements, or undesired switches between websites, then your system has most likely been infected with Lightgate.exe. The only way you could stop the annoying ads or irritating webpage pop-ups is to completely uninstall all ingredients of this potential malware from your computer.

Some ads look perfect and have super attractive images and sounds and they are the ones you actually do not wish to have on your computer because they carry Lightgate.exe. Along with this Adware other potentially damaging software might have intruded on your computer. Software created with the idea to misuse your personal information, such as: passwords, credit card information, addresses, files, documents and other important things, including photos, you have saved on your device. Once in the hands of hackers, they are being used for criminal deeds of the sort of identity theft and money laundering — two of the most common activities of hackers. It is really helpful if you are able to immediately remove anything you’ve obliviously downloaded on your computer and re-scan it to be assured that it’s all clean and safe.

Few people will ever install Lightgate.exe on purpose. It is not considered dangerous and it normally installs itself on its own and often without you even knowing it’s there.  You might have acquired it accidentally by opening infected e-mail attachments or a phishing e-mail  — one that ‘swims’ through your inbox i.e. it shows and it goes, it appears and disappears and the same with its content if there is even such.  Another way that your device can get Lightgate.exe is through ‘software bundling’.

How was Lightgate.exe installed on your computer?

Software bundling is when you download one program or file, but in fact there are complimenting files that come along with it. This happens when you use the default build-in settings.

You can quickly and easily change this by selecting custom downloading options. It will take few extra minutes of your time, but your system will be protected, you will feel in peace and will still achieve the same results. Better be safe than sorry, right?

So, the bottom line is that if you see ads offering you money, then be 100% sure that it is false! Let’s face it: no one gives money just like that — there is no free lunch in this world and that is valid even for the cyber space. Lightgate.exe also has the ability to generate revenue from pay-per-click. The more you click on such ads, the more of them your system will continue to generate. Some of them are so bad that it might contribute to extreme tardiness of performance with your PC, glitches, lost files, bugs. Others may prompt you to pay a certain amount of money, which is also a huge SPAM because you will not only lose the money, but chances are very low that you will get your files and lost personal data back. When a hacker wants to do something with your info he will do it no matter what — paying them will only ease them with their criminal activities, and somehow will reward them for their bad deeds.

Keep the removal guide by your side always! As you follow our removal instructions and your inner instincts be calm that your PC and all of your personal information will be safe. Always try to protect yourself and be cautious. Preparedness is key to success in life in general, but quite valid when it comes to digital devices as well.

Threat Lightgate.exe
Classification Adware
Security Alert
Negative Effects Unwanted and annoying Pop-up Ads, Browser Redirects.

Lightgate.exe Adware Removal

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the Adware and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Additional 2.1:

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Lightgate.exe Removal from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the Adware and remove it.

Lightgate.exe Removal from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the Adware and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the Adware and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Lightgate.exe. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!


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