If you have seen a Gstatic domain appear in your browser when you try to load a page and you do not know what it is or if it is dangerous for your browsing, here you will learn everything you need to know about this domain.
This server also has some subdomains and each one is used for a specific purpose; Below, we have mentioned the list of all subdomains.
As mentioned above, this is a server owned and used by Google, its domain and subdomains are completely safe and have nothing to do with viruses or malware.
However, since cybercriminals are quite clever, there might be a domain similar to this that is running like a virus on your PC . For this reason it is important that you know the domains of this server. If what you see on your PC is not one of the domains that we have mentioned, you may have a virus that is masking itself with this server.
According to Whotracks.me, Gstatic tracks about 39.6% of internet traffic ; As we all know Google is a tech giant and its products are used by billions of people. Although Gstatic's tracking ratio increases every month, there is no need to worry as it is only used to deliver content and does not track your personal activity.
Many people want to get rid of Gstatic because they think that it is a malware that causes various issues like annoying pop-ups and errors, but the original server cannot be removed as mentioned above; it is used by various Google products for faster content delivery.
Some of the most common errors that this server can present are the following:
Sometimes the URL: http://www.gstatic.com/generate_204 automatically starts opening in a new browser tab; usually it's just a blank page with "Untitled" as the title.
A misconfigured network and unstable connection can trigger this error; the browser thinks the user needs to log in to the captive portal: a web page where newly connected Wi-Fi users must enter their login information for security purposes.
Connectivity.gstatic.com is one of the subdomains of gstatic.com; Chrome and Android devices use it to check if a user has Internet access to the network they are connected to; otherwise, the browser will load the captive portal login web page, or else allow users to access the Internet.
No, it is not recommended to block the Gstatic domain or any of its subdomains; it won't cause any major problems, but as mentioned above, this subdomain is responsible for checking internet access, so we recommend you don't mess with it.
Sometimes, when users open a website in the Chrome browser, they see Waiting for csi.gstatic.com… in the lower left corner. The page does not load and the browser continues to display the URL csi.gtsatic.com. If you are facing this problem, you can fix it by following one of the methods mentioned below:
By clicking the little padlock next to the URL, you should be able to allow cookies if any important ones are being blocked.
You can also try deleting the cookies for that specific domain, then refresh the page and check if it loads or not.
Changing the Domain Name System (DNS) settings can also fix the loading issue.
Although the operation of this Google server could sometimes behave like a virus, this is usually because there is something wrong. However, we cannot stop talking about the possibility that some virus has taken the name of this server to go unnoticed in your browser and is infecting your system.
As we have already told you before, it is important that you be aware of the Gstatic domain that appears, but if what you see is not one of its legal domains, it is time to take action and eliminate the threat.
What we recommend to do is to follow the following solutions:
Keeping your computer in safe mode will restrict most of the functionality of any virus present. If you don't know how to start Windows in safe mode, here's what to do:
So, just go to your browser and remove all unnecessary and suspicious extensions that you don't use much. If you don't know how to remove extensions, here's what to do.
By doing all the steps above, you have now fully secured your browser. But it's not enough. To remove the kernel virus, you need to remove it from the system. It's pretty simple, so there's nothing to worry about. This is what you have to do.
Since task manager allows you to see all the programs that are currently running on your computer, it will also show the file that is causing the problem. You can fix it with a few simple steps. This is what you need to do:
Remember that the Gstatic you are seeing is not a virus, so before following these steps, always verify that the version you are seeing is not the original Google server.
The truth is that it is unlikely that Gstatic will represent a problem for your system or navigation. This is a legitimate Google server so it usually won't pose any kind of threat. However, it may show some annoying errors that you will have to fix.
In case the domains you are seeing do not belong to the legal ones that we have mentioned, it may be that a similar domain is being used to bring dangerous viruses to your system, in which case we recommend that you follow the steps to eliminate it.
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