LightGate Ads

LightGate Ads Description

Type: Ransomware

The LightGate advertisements may be caused by a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) that has entered your PC while installing other software. Malware experts advocate that computer users avoid interacting with LightGate advertisements and similar pop-up content if it appears on their computers. In most cases, LightGate advertisements may be used to deliver additional unwanted components to affected computers. Apart from this, LightGate advertisements may be used to carry out known tactics that may involve fake technical support services or anti-virus software. LightGate may be associated with suspicious pop-up messages and fake error notifications claiming that a virus or other unwanted component was found on the user's computer and recommending the installation of a PUP disguised as an anti-malware program, or that computer users call a phone number for a bogus technical support service. To stop LightGate advertisements from appearing in a Web browser, it is necessary to remove the PUP associated with them from the affected computer with a reliable security application that is fully up-to-date.

LightGate and PUPs Associated with Unwanted Content

PUPs linked to LightGate advertisements may be linked to additional unwanted symptoms on users' computers. LightGate advertisements may be associated with poor system performance, unwanted changes to the affected computer's settings, and numerous unwanted pop-up advertisements and notifications. The following are common symptoms that may be related to LightGate advertisements as well as to PUPs typically associated with these types of irritating pop-up advertisements:

  • LightGate advertisements may be linked to poor computer performance. Computers affected by LightGate advertisements may become much slower than normal, as well as behave unpredictably. Computers affected with LightGate advertisements also may be prone to crashing, freezing, and redirecting computer users to unwanted content. Since many LightGate advertisements may try to convince computer users that a virus or threat is present on their computers, these performance issues may work to enhance the LightGate advertisements tactics.
  • In most cases, LightGate advertisements may be accompanied by other pop-up content on the user's computer. PUPs associated with LightGate advertisements may cause numerous other advertisements and redirects associated with other tactics to appear on the affected computer. Computer users should avoid interacting with any pop-up advertisements and notifications linked to LightGate advertisements or these types of PUPs.
  • LightGate advertisements may be associated with components designed to gather data about the computer and the computer user's Web browser habits. These kinds of tracking components may store information about the websites visited by the computer users, their search history and other data. This information is gathered for marketing purposes and may be relayed to a third party.
  • PUPs associated with LightGate advertisements may make unwanted changes to an affected computer's settings. In most cases, PUPs linked to LightGate advertisements may change the Web browser's default settings, including the homepage, new tab Web page, and basic security settings to expose computer users to LightGate advertisements and their related content as much as possible.

Stopping the LightGate Advertisements and Their Associated Symptoms

If LightGate advertisements are appearing on your computer, all PUPs associated with LightGate advertisements should be disabled with the help of a reliable security application that has been fully updated. In most cases, PUPs associated with LightGate advertisements need to be uninstalled using the Windows Control Panel 'Add and Remove Programs.' This is necessary even if the PUP takes the form of a Web browser extension or toolbar since the Web browser's extensions manager may be disabled. Malware analysts then recommend performing a full scan of the affected computer with a reliable security program.

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