The target1.track-p958o4.link is a page which is loaded into your web-browser with the help of adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The ad supported software may modify the settings of internet browsers like Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer or install a dangerous browser extension, which created to generate lots of unwanted ads. It’ll lead to the fact that when you start the web browser or surfing the Internet, it will always be forced to open target1.track-p958o4.link ads, even when your web-browser is configured to stop pop-up ads or your system has a program that blocks pop-up ads. On current date, the ad-supported software continues to increase the number of personal computers that have been infected.
The ‘ad-supported’ software can change the settings of the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge, but often that a dangerous software such as this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time open the web-browser to see target1.track-p958o4.link unwanted ads.
The adware is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It’s created with the sole purpose to show dozens of pop-up ads, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the target1.track-p958o4.link is just one of the many web sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It is designed to fill the internet browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or reroute the web-browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web-sites. Moreover, the ad supported software can substitute the legitimate ads on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit dangerous web-pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their pages, so the creators of ad supported software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income. It’s the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
We recommend to delete the adware, which redirects your web browser on the target1.track-p958o4.link unwanted site, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other malicious software on your machine.
How does target1.track-p958o4.link ads get installed onto computer
Most commonly, the adware is bundled within the installation packages from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free programs is a a good chance that you will find some bundled adware. If you don’t know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During installation, choose the Custom or Advanced installation option. Next, click ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install an unknown software. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any applications or otherwise you can end up with another unwanted program on your system such as this adware that redirect the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge onto the annoying target1.track-p958o4.link web page.
How to manually remove target1.track-p958o4.link
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove target1.track-p958o4.link pop-ups from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove target1.track-p958o4.link redirect
- Remove target1.track-p958o4.link from FF
- Remove target1.track-p958o4.link from Chrome
- Remove target1.track-p958o4.link from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the application that causes the appearance of annoying ads and browser redirect to unwanted web pages, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove target1.track-p958o4.link redirect
Once installed, the adware may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge. Due to this, every time you start the web browser, it will open the target1.track-p958o4.link annoying web-site.
Right click on the web browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://”. Remove it or everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
Next, click OK to save changes. You need to clean all web-browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
Remove target1.track-p958o4.link from FF
If the Firefox settings have been modified by the ‘ad-supported’ software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the reroute onto target1.track-p958o4.link page.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () like below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the following image. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. Once it is finished, press the “Finish” button
Remove target1.track-p958o4.link from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the web-browser’s home page, newtab page and search provider by default that have been replaced by ad-supported software.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove target1.track-p958o4.link from Internet Explorer
To get rid of the target1.track-p958o4.link pop-up ads you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your PC.
First, run the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will show the drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown in the following image. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, press the “Reset” button.
When the process is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ‘ad-supported’ software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your personal computer, it will open target1.track-p958o4.link annoying web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will show a dialog box which called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click 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 get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the malicious programs, then this task also should be 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 ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of target1.track-p958o4.link automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove target1.track-p958o4.link pop-up ads from the infected machine. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the adware again infect your PC system and it will start to show unwanted target1.track-p958o4.link advertisements. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to get rid of ad-supported software manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the machine.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. It is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove browser hijackers, malware, ad-supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Now, press the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your PC. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once downloading is finished, close all software on your PC system. Next, start the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as on the image below, press the Yes button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the following image.
Now click the “Scan Now” button for checking your personal computer for the ‘ad-supported’ software that cause a redirect to target1.track-p958o4.link. Once the ‘ad-supported’ software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done. Please be patient.
When it has finished scanning, you can check all threats detected on your personal computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware that cause target1.track-p958o4.link pop-up ads. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart your system.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes program to remove adware and other malware.
Stop target1.track-p958o4.link redirect and other unwanted sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying ads and malicious web-sites, you need to use program that blocks access to dangerous ads and web pages. Moreover, the application can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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After downloading is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is finished, you will see a window like below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist 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-ups, web pages such as target1.track-p958o4.link, as well as other malicious or misleading 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, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your system and remove target1.track-p958o4.link ads with AdwCleaner.
This removal application is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge internet browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and delete malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Download AdwCleaner tool using the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the downloading process is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as on the image below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to display the program, press Yes button to continue.
Now, press the “Scan” to perform a system scan for the ad supported software which cause a redirect to target1.track-p958o4.link advertisements.
Once the system scan is finished, it will display a list of all items detected by this tool like below.
You need to press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK” to start the cleaning procedure. When the cleaning procedure is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
After completing the step-by-step guide shown above, your computer should be clean from malware and adware. The Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer show target1.track-p958o4.link unwanted pop-up ads or redirect you to unwanted web pages. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.