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Threat's profile Threat indicator: HIGH

Name of the threat:Gator

Command or file name:[%PROFILE_TEMP%]\GatorSetup.exe

Threat type:Adware

Affected OS:Win32/Win64 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)

Affected browsers:Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari

If you don't have Gator removal tool installed on your computer, you may meet some boring business letters promising you some creations for free or with reduced price, so, you understand that it is better to remove it or leastways try to perform other protective actions. Gator is a share of big industry that assists to sell different creations. The keepers of Gator-infected PCs may face serious problems when attempting removing it even with a seemly removal tool. Gator is big businesslike and there is a great amount of money in there. There can be samples when Gator can convert "no" and "cancel" push-buttons to "yes" or "install" ones, so, you see why it's so significant to perfect its removal. Prompt commercials that are provided by Gator can be very intrusive, so it is preferable to remove when detected.

Gator intrusion method

Gator installs on your PC along with free software. This method is called "bundled installation". Freeware offers you to install additional module (Gator). Then if you fail to decline the offer it starts hidden installation. Gator copies its file(s) to your hard disk. Its typical file name is [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\GatorSetup.exe. Then it creates new startup key with name Gator and value [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\GatorSetup.exe. You can also find it in your processes list with name [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\GatorSetup.exe or Gator. Also, it can create folder with name Gator under C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData. If you have further questions about Gator, please ask below. You can use programs to remove Gator from your browsers below.

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How to remove Gator manually

This problem can be solved manually by deleting all registry keys and files connected with Gator, removing it from startup list and unregistering all corresponding DLLs. Additionally missing DLL's should be restored from distribution in case they are corrupted by Gator.

To get rid of Gator, you should:

1. Kill the following processes and delete the appropriate files:

  • [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\custdata.ini
  • [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\gator.txt
  • [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\GatorSetup.exe
  • [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\Installmw-fsg.exe
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\archivos comunes\gmt\eggcengine.dll
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\archivos comunes\gmt\egnsengine.dll
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\archivos comunes\gmt\gatorres.dll
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\\Living 3D Dolphins\license.txt
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\CMEII\GController.dll
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\CMEII\store\core\svclist
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\egieengine.dll
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\ga\
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\gbaxl2.dat
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\gb\20813\20813.gbd3
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\gb\20814\20814.gbd3
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\gb\21887\21887.gbd3
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\gb\21888\21888.gbd3
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\gb\22367\22367.gbd3
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\g1101u076l\gd\Q0TASJbQBgAAALeq-toBgnpj.gdt2
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\GMT\GMT.exe.manifest
  • [%STARTUP%]\date manager.lnk
  • [%STARTUP%]\gator ewallet.lnk
  • [%STARTUP%]\gstartup.lnk
  • [%STARTUP%]\precisiontime.lnk
  • [%SYSTEM%]\fsg_3202.exe
  • [%SYSTEM%]\pcs\License.txt
  • [%SYSTEM%]\wsxsvc\License.txt
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorgaininstaller.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorhdplugin.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorminisetup.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorpatch.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorpdpsetup.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorplugin.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorsetup.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\igator\trickler3103_pic_fs_dmpt_3103.exe
  • [%WINDOWS%]\Start Menu\Programs\GAIN Publishing\GAIN Publishing Web Site.URL
  • [%WINDOWS%]\start menu\programs\gator ewallet\gator ewallet.lnk
  • [%WINDOWS%]\start menu\programs\gator ewallet\gator website.url
  • [%WINDOWS%]\start menu\programs\offercompanion\offercompanion.lnk
  • [%WINDOWS%]\temp\bundle.inf
  • [%DESKTOP%]\date manager.lnk
  • [%DESKTOP%]\ginst_~1.bat
  • [%DESKTOP%]\golden spur.url
  • [%DESKTOP%]\gstartup.lnk
  • [%DESKTOP%]\precisiontime.lnk
  • [%PROFILE%]\administrator\start menu\programs\kazaa media desktop\kazaa media desktop.lnk
  • [%PROFILE%]\administrator\start menu\programs\kazaa media desktop\kazaa website.url
  • [%PROFILE%]\all\start menu\programs\date manager\date manager website.lnk
  • [%PROFILE%]\all\start menu\programs\gain\gain website.url
  • [%PROFILE%]\all\start menu\programs\gator ewallet\gator ewallet.lnk
  • [%PROFILE%]\all\start menu\programs\gator ewallet\gator website.url
  • [%PROFILE%]\all\start menu\programs\precisiontime\precisiontimewebsite.lnk
  • [%PROFILE%]\all users\menu start\programma's\gain\gain website.url
  • [%PROFILE%]\all users\start menu\programs\gain\gain website.url
  • [%PROFILE%]\all users\start menu\programs\gator ewallet\gator ewallet.lnk
  • [%PROFILE%]\all users\start menu\programs\gator ewallet\gator website.url
  • [%PROGRAMS%]\gator\gator.lnk
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\archivos comunes\gmt\egieprocess.dll
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\archivos comunes\gmt\gatoroemres_audiogalaxy_1825.dll
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\archivos comunes\gmt\gmt.exe
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\divx\divx pro codec\gain_trickler_3102.exe
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\divx\divx pro codec\gain_trickler_3202.exe
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\regcleaner\backups\6.27.2004.11.21.43....1.reg
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\regcleaner\backups\6.27.2004.11.21.43....2.reg
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\regcleaner\backups\6.27.2004.11.37.31....0.reg
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\mepblaad\mqefurebet\cmqcemmpm.exe
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES_COMMON%]\mepblaad\orbfslof\psqeelsr.exe
  • [%SYSTEM%]\fsg_4104.exe
  • [%WINDOWS%]\ctb3_shared\ctbrte2.dll
  • [%WINDOWS%]\downloaded program files\conflict.1\iegator.dll
  • [%WINDOWS%]\downloaded program files\iegator.dll
  • [%WINDOWS%]\downloaded program files\iegator4128.inf
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorfiledrop.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatorgainplugin.log
  • [%WINDOWS%]\gatoruninstaller_gator.log

Warning: you should delete only those files which checksums are listed as malicious. There may be valid files with the same names in your system. We recommend you to use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool for safe problem solution.

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2. Delete the following malicious folders:

  • [%COMMON_PROGRAMS%]\gain
  • [%COMMON_PROGRAMS%]\gator ewallet
  • [%COMMON_PROGRAMS%]\precisiontime
  • [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\fsg_tmp
  • [%PROGRAMS%]\gain publishing
  • [%PROGRAMS%]\offercompanion
  • [%SYSTEM%]\pcs
  • [%WINDOWS%]\start menu\programs\date manager
  • [%WINDOWS%]\start menu\programs\precisiontime
  • [%WINDOWS%]\temp\adware
  • [%WINDOWS%]\temp\fsg_tmp
  • [%PROFILE%]\start menu\programs\gain
  • [%PROFILE%]\start menu\programs\gator
  • [%PROFILE%]\start menu\programs\gator ewallet
  • [%PROFILE%]\start menu\programs\offercompanion
  • [%PROGRAMS%]\gain
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\clickthebutton
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\common files\cmeii
  • [%PROGRAM_FILES%]\common files\gmt
  • [%WINDOWS%]\start menu\programs\gain

3. Delete the following malicious registry entries and\or values:

  • Key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{21ffb6c0-0da1-11d5-a9d5-00500413153c}
  • Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\
  • Key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dashbartoolbar.searchscoutbandobj
  • Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\kbbar.kbbarband\clsid
  • Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\menuorder
    \start menu\programs\gain
  • Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\gatortest
  • Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\moduleusage
    \c:\windows\downloaded program files\conflict.1\iegator.dll
  • Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\moduleusage
    \c:\windows\downloaded program files\hdplugin1014.dll

Warning: if value is listed for some registry entries, you should only clear these values and leave keys with such values untouched. We recommend you to use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool for safe problem solution.

Uninstall Gator related programs from Control Panel

We recommend you to check list of installed programs and search for Gator entry or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below are instructions for different version if Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If Gator won't uninstall or gives you error message that you do not have sufficient rights to do this perform below instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking or use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool.

Windows 10

  • Click on the Start menu and choose Settings
  • Then click on System and choose Apps & Features in the left column
  • Find Gator under in the list and click Uninstall button near it.
  • Confirm by clicking Uninstall button in opened window if necessary.

Windows 8/8.1

  • Right click on the bottom left corner of the screen (while on your desktop)
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Click Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.
  • Locate programs that can be connected with Gator or other related suspicious program.
  • Click Uninstall button.
  • Wait until uninstall process is complete.

Windows 7/Vista

  • Click Start and choose Control Panel.
  • Choose Programs and Features and Uninstall a program.
  • In the list of installed programs find entries related to Gator
  • Click Uninstall button.

Windows XP

  • Click Start
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Choose Add / Remove Programs.
  • Find Gator related entries.
  • Click Remove button.

Remove Gator related extensions from your browsers

Gator in some cases can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option Toolbar Remover under Tools in Spyhunter Remediation Tool to remove unwanted browser extensions related to Gator. We recommend you to perform scan your PC with Removal Tool or Spyhunter Remediation Tool. To remove extenions from your browsers manually do the following:

Internet Explorer

  • While in Internet Explorer click cogwheel icon in the top right corner
  • In the menu choose the Manage Add-ons
  • Select Toolbar and Extension tab.
  • Choose add-on possibly related to Gator or other related adware BHO.
  • Click Disable button.

Warning: This option will only disable unwanted plugin. For effective Gator removal use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool.

Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome.
  • In the address bar type chrome://extensions/
  • In the list of add-ons find related to Gator and click recycle bin icon.
  • Confirm Gator removal.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox
  • In the address bar type about:addons
  • Click Extensions tab.
  • In the list of extension locate ones related to Gator.
  • Click Remove button near it.

Protect computer and browsers from infection

Adware threats like Gator are very widespread and, unfortunately, many anti-virus programs fail to detect it. To protect your computer from future infection we recommend you to use WiperSoft Antispyware Malware Remediation Tool, it has active protection module and browser settings guard. It does not conflict with any anti-virus programs and creates additional shield against threats like Gator.

Here are the descriptions of problems connected with Gator and [%PROFILE_TEMP%]\GatorSetup.exe we received earlier:

Problem Summary: cannot install Realtek AC/97

My computer shuts down and restarts during the installation of the necessary audio driver Realtek AC\'97. I reinstalled my Windows XP SP@ so I need to install the driver for AC 97 again. The audio card worked fine before so i can\'t figure out the problem

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: Loading Script

doesn't allow to open PEN DRIVE

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

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