How to Remove DesktopGadget Pop-up Ads

Published August 6, 2015 by Marlin Spencer

Information of DesktopGadget Virus

DesktopGadget is an unwanted program that cannot help PC users improve their browsing experience. In order to induce users to download it onto their computers, DesktopGadget provides lots of gadgets for helping users save time and money. However, it is indeed a useless tool that has been classified as an adware program. This program is able to sneak into users’ computers without being noticed. So, if you are infected by DesktopGadget, you cannot have any ideas until it begins its malicious activities.

You may have noticed that there is a new extension appearing on the browser, which is not downloaded by your permission. In fact, it is added by DesktopGadget adware on the sly. This extension is responsible for the pop-up ads on your browser. The ads sponsored by DesktopGadget will be displayed in small boxes or windows, which keep popping up automatically once you open the browser. Moreover, your browsing traffic will be wasted because DesktopGadget always redirects you to useless websites while surfing the Internet. When you are forced to visit the useless websites, other malware including Premium Tabs and TankGripHook which are bundled with the websites will get inside your system to cause damage. Therefore, you’d better remove DesktopGadget before it forces you to visit its sponsored websites.

Screenshot of DesktopGadget:

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What harm DesktopGadget will cause in the system:

1. DesktopGadget will make modifications to DNS data and other system settings.
2. DesktopGadget will add a great many of unwanted advertisements to all your browsers.
3. DesktopGadget will automatically install additional programs and add-ons to your PC.
4. DesktopGadget will redirect you to questionable sites that might contain viruses.
5. DesktopGadget will reduce system resources and make your PC run slowly.

Step 1: Uninstall DesktopGadget from Control Panel

For Windows 7 and Vista users:

1. Click Start menu button, and click Control Panel
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2. Select View by Category and click Uninstall a program under Programs
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For Windows XP users:

1. Click Start menu button, and click Control Panel
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2. Click Add or Remove Programs
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For Windows 8 and 8.1 users:

Hover your mouse over the lower left corner of your screen, right click on the Start menu and select Programs and Features
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For Windows 10 users:

Right click on the Windows menu and select Programs and Features
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In the program list window, investigate all programs you installed, click on those suspicious programs, and click Uninstall or Remove to get rid of them.
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After you uninstall DesktopGadget and other potentially unwanted programs which may cause your browser redirect problem, it′s necessary to scan and check your computer system for any unwanted leftovers. To scan your system and detect any leftover, you can use this recommended malware detector.

 

Step 2: Remove DesktopGadget from Google Chrome

Remove malignant extensions from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome, click its menu icon, move your mouse to More tools and click Extensions
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2. Investigate all extensions, and click the trash can to remove any unwanted extension
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Optional steps:

If you′re still receiving ads from DesktopGadget, you can reset your Google Chrome.

1. Click its menu icon and click Settings

2. Scroll down the Settings page and click Show advanced settings
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3. Move to the end of the page, and click Reset settings button under Reset settings section
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4. Click Reset button to continue
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Step 3: Remove DesktopGadget from Mozilla Firefox

Remove malignant add-ons from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox, click its menu icon, and click Add-ons
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2. Click Extensions tab, investigate all add-ons, and click Remove button to remove any unwanted add-on
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Optional steps:

If you′re still receiving ads from DesktopGadget, you can reset your Mozilla Firefox.

1. Click its menu icon and click Open Help Menu
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2. Click Troubleshooting Information
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3. Click Refresh Firefox button to reset Mozilla Firefox
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4. Click Refresh Firefox button to continue
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Step 4: Remove DesktopGadget from Internet Explorer

Remove malignant add-ons from Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer, click the gear button, and click Manage Add-ons
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2. Click Toolbars and Extensions tab, investigate all add-ons, and click Remove or Disable to remove any unwanted add-on
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Optional steps:

If you′re still having problems with DesktopGadget, you can reset your Internet Explorer.

1. Click the gear button and click Internet Options

2. Click Advanced tab and then click Reset button to reset Internet Explorer
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3. Tick Delete personal settings option and click Reset to continue
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Step 5: Remove DesktopGadget from Safari

Remove malignant extensions from Safari

1. Open Safari, click the gear button, and click Preferences…
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2. Click Extensions tab, investigate all extensions, and click Uninstall to remove any unwanted extension
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Optional steps:

If you′re still receiving ads from DesktopGadget, you can reset your Safari.

1. Click the gear button and click Reset Safari…
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2. Tick all options and click Reset button to reset Safari
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Step 6: Remove DesktopGadget from Opera

Remove malignant add-ons from Opera

1. Open Opera, click its menu icon, move your mouse to Extensions and click Extensions Manager
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2. Investigate all extensions, and click X to remove any unwanted extension
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Optional steps:

If you′re still having problems with DesktopGadget, you can reset your Opera.

1. Click its menu icon and click About Opera
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2. Copy your profile path and then close Opera
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3. Hold Windows logo and R keys on the keyboard to open Run
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4. Paste your profile path into the box and click OK
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5. Delete the whole folder
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Warm tips: if you are not comfortable with performing the above steps, you can use this recommended malware remover to help you automatically detect and remove DesktopGadget and other hidden malware.

Removal assistance:
If you are having problems while performing DesktopGadget removal from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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