Are you seeing “Your searches may be tracked” popup ads in the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge every time you use the web-browser to surf the Web? This means that your personal computer is infected with an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which looks the entire traffic generated by you and on this basis, it popups tons of of annoying ads. Currently, this adware are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find freeware, download and install them on the PC without proper attention to the fact that the adware can penetrate into the system along with them.
The ad supported software can change the settings of the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, but often that a malicious software like this can also infect all types of browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time open the web-browser to see “Your searches may be tracked” annoying advertisements.
What is more, the adware may display advertisements depend on a web-page that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this ad supported software, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The ad supported software may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
So, obviously, you need to get rid of the adware ASAP. Use the free guide below. This guide will help you clean your computer and thereby remove the “Your searches may be tracked” unwanted pop-up ads.
How does “Your searches may be tracked” ads get installed onto system
How to manually remove “Your searches may be tracked” ads
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove “Your searches may be tracked” from the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove “Your searches may be tracked” pop-up ads from Firefox
- Delete “Your searches may be tracked” from Chrome
- Remove “Your searches may be tracked” advertisements from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of “Your searches may be tracked” pop-ups
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the personal computer cleaning process by checking the list of installed programs and remove all unknown or suspicious applications. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious software such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with free applications. Uninstall the unwanted software may remove the annoying ads or browser redirect to unknown or unwanted web-sites.
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Windows XP, Vista, 7
Click “Uninstall a program” It will display a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove “Your searches may be tracked” pop-up ads from Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been changed by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the redirect onto “Your searches may be tracked” ads.
Run the Firefox and press button to open the Tools menu. It shows the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Click on the Help button (). In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type about:support in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. It will display the confirmation dialog box. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button
Delete “Your searches may be tracked” from Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click to Settings option. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and click on the Reset settings button. Confirm your action, click on the Reset button.
Remove “Your searches may be tracked” advertisements from Internet Explorer
Run Microsoft Internet Explorer, press . Click “Internet Options” as shown below. In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button. You will now need to restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings to default state, disable ad-supported browser’s extensions and remove the redirect to the “Your searches may be tracked” unwanted site.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of “Your searches may be tracked” pop-ups
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to start your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the internet browser which is redirected to the “Your searches may be tracked” or other annoying web page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The adware can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be run when you launch your browser. Depending on the browser you are using, there should be: Google Chrome: chrome.exe, Opera: opera.exe, Firefox: firefox.exe, Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe. If you are seeing an unknown text like “http://site.address” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the screen below. Click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you start the browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the “Your searches may be tracked” page or any other unwanted web-pages that is advertised by the adware. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your computer, it will open the “Your searches may be tracked” annoying web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ software.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. This opens a prompt that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press Enter. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the malicious applications, then this task also can be safely removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Delete “Your searches may be tracked” popup ads with MalwareBytes Anti-malware
Remove “Your searches may be tracked” ads manually is difficult and often the ad supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free that are completely clean your computer. The MalwareBytes Anti-malware is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and remove the ad supported software of the your PC. Moreover, this free application will help you to get rid of browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your computer may be infected too. You can follow the instructions below to get rid of the “Your searches may be tracked” annoying pop-up ads completely.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below.
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When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes Anti-malware on your PC.
Once installation is complete, you will see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your system for the ad supported software which causes the reroute to “Your searches may be tracked” ads. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Remove Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-malware will start removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to Restart.
Stop “Your searches may be tracked” advertisements and other annoying sites
To increase your security and protect your system against new annoying ads and malicious pages, you need to use program that stops access to malicious ads and pages. Moreover, the software can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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Follow the prompts. After installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Get rid of “Your searches may be tracked” and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove the annoying “Your searches may be tracked” pop-up in the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars. Also you can ask for help our Myantispyware team below.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Press “Scan” button to perform a system scan for malicious extensions and the adware which opens “Your searches may be tracked” pop-ups. Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Cleaning” button. It will display a prompt.
Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC.
When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for “Your searches may be tracked” ads removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying “Your searches may be tracked” pop-ups.