Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts

Proxy Gate

Proxy Gate by Gold Click Ltd. is classified as a potentially unwanted program that is run from an .exe file called mainservice.exe. This file is found in the ProxyGate folder in the %APPDATA% directory. The program is officially represented via proxygate.net, and it supposedly can unlock access to sites that might have been blocked due to your geographical location, which it can do by modifying Proxy settings on your operating system. It is also stated that strong encryption is used to ensure that you are safe while using this program, for example, when on public Wi-Fi networks. The feature that attracts most users is that the program enables full anonymity. This app allows you to disguise your own IP address to conceal your identity while browsing restricted websites. On top of all that, this program is free, and so it is not surprising at all that computer users are interested in it. Unfortunately, in some cases, users need to remove Proxy Gate because of security reasons.

As you might have discovered already, Proxy Gate does not have a user interface. Once installed, the files of this program modify Proxy settings to enable anonymous web browsing with the help of relay servers (Socks5 proxy servers). These servers have dynamic IP addresses, which means that they can change, and this is what aids full anonymity. Of course, that also means that these servers can be inaccessible at times. In general, our researchers inform that using the official version of Proxy Gate should not pose any security risks or problems. Unfortunately, different versions of this program exist. If you acquire this program bundled with malware and advertising-supported software, you might be exposed to ads every time you launch a browser and move from site to site. So, if you have downloaded the PUP using a third-party installer, and you are seeing advertisements, you should immediately install a trusted malware scanner to examine your PC thoroughly. Note that some of the most malicious threats are silent and can enter a system without user’s notice, which is why running a scanner is important. Even if you do not see malware yourself, it does not mean that it does not require removal.

The advertisements injected using Proxy Gate could be misleading and malicious. Advertising is more and more frequently used as a platform to promote scams and malware installers, which is why it is important that you keep your browsers ad-free. If you click on random ads without even thinking about the potential risks, you might end up interacting with corrupted ads that enable drive-by download attacks. Considering that malware could enter via seemingly harmless ads, you have another good reason to install a malware scanner right away. Even if you do not download additional malware or get involved in scams (e.g., they could be introduced to you via surveys and prize giveaways), you might get yourself in trouble just by clicking on them. Tracking cookies are usually harmless, as they are used to collect non-personally identifiable information. Unfortunately, in some cases, tracking cookies can be intrusive and collect sensitive information. Even worse, they can leak this information to unknown, potentially malicious parties. Obviously, this is another reason why you should not interact with suspicious ads. Note that we have added instructions that will help you remove unwanted cookies.

It is most likely that you will be able to successfully delete Proxy Gate by uninstalling it via Control Panel. As mentioned previously, the official version of this program is not considered malicious, and you might choose not to delete it. In this case, all you need to do is scan your PC to make sure that your operating system is clear and implement reliable security software to ensure that it stays clear from malware at all times. If you have downloaded Proxy Gate along with unreliable software, we suggest eliminating it along with all threats, just because you do not know how this PUP could have been altered or if it authentic at all. Once you are done uninstalling this program, quickly scan your PC. This step will guarantee that you do not overlook malicious or unwanted leftovers. If you need our assistance with any of the processes mentioned in this report, please leave a comment down below.

Proxy Gate Removal

Windows 10 and Windows 8:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+R to launch RUN and enter Control Panel.
  2. Move to the Uninstall a program utility.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to eliminate and select Uninstall.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista:

  1. Click the Windows icon on the Taskbar and open Control Panel.
  2. Move to the Uninstall a program utility.
  3. Find the program you wish to get rid of, right-click it, and choose Uninstall.

Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start icon on the Taskbar and open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the undesirable application and click the Remove button.

How to delete cookies

  1. Open the browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+Delete keys together.
  2. In the appeared menu select the time range and the data you want to clear.
  3. Clear the cookies and cache and restart your browser.
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