The cause of unwanted zerotrack.pro pop-up ads on your screen is adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). Technically, the ‘ad-supported’ software, that opens tons of pop-up ads or redirects on an annoying web-page, is not a virus. It is is created to make a money. Once started, the ‘ad-supported’ software injects a small code within the content of web sites that you visit. The malicious code may pop-up a new internet browser window with zerotrack.pro page or insert tons of advertising links directly into the sites you’re viewing.
The ad supported software can change the settings of the Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer, but often that a dangerous software like this can also infect all types of browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time start the web-browser to see zerotrack.pro annoying advertisements.
While your computer is infected with the adware, the Chrome, IE, FF and Edge may be rerouted to zerotrack.pro annoying web-page. Of course, the ‘ad-supported’ software may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may display a lot of unwanted advertisements. These advertisements will be injected within the content of sites that are you opening in your browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The ads will appear on all web sites, including web pages where previously you have never seen any advertising links. In this case, when you open any web-site, you may see in your web-browser’s status bar the following messages: ‘Waiting for zerotrack.pro’, ‘Transferring data from zerotrack.pro’, ‘Looking up zerotrack.pro’, ‘Read zerotrack.pro’, ‘Connected to zerotrack.pro’.
We recommend to get rid of the adware, which redirects your browser on the zerotrack.pro unwanted web site, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other dangerous software on your PC.
How does zerotrack.pro ads get installed onto PC
How to manually remove zerotrack.pro pop-up ads
Without a doubt, the ‘ad-supported’ software is harmful to your system. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malicious software. To remove this ad-supported software, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware tool for removing malicious applications, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will allow you to get rid of zerotrack.pro pop-ups easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in PC or in the case where ad supported software is not removed automatically.
- Delete suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Delete zerotrack.pro advertisements from Firefox
- Remove zerotrack.pro pop-ups from Google Chrome
- Get rid of zerotrack.pro from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove zerotrack.pro redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It’ll open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program” It will display a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list and delete any suspicious and unknown software.
Delete zerotrack.pro advertisements from Firefox
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove zerotrack.pro pop-ups from Google Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, click the “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 in the following image and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of zerotrack.pro from Microsoft Internet Explorer
To remove the zerotrack.pro pop-up ads you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset IE settings” prompt as shown on the image below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
Once the task is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove zerotrack.pro redirect
Now you need to clean up the internet browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web browser, and not on any unknown file. Right click to a desktop shortcut for your web browser. Choose the “Properties” option.
It will display the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The ‘ad-supported’ software can rewrite it. If you are seeing something like “…exe http://web.site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web-browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example on the screen below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts that redirects to an unwanted web-sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove 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 run your system, it will open zerotrack.pro annoying page. 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 together. It will show a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown 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 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 on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove zerotrack.pro redirect automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove zerotrack.pro ads from the infected computer. This is because the adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the adware again infect your system and it will begin to show unwanted zerotrack.pro popup ads. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to get rid of adware manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the PC system.
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, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Now, click 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 applications on your machine. Next, open the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the figure below, press the Yes button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your machine. 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 like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole system to find out ad supported software which cause a redirect to zerotrack.pro. When the ‘ad-supported’ software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete. Please be patient.
When the system scan is finished, you can check all threats detected on your computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and ad supported software which cause zerotrack.pro advertisements. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your machine.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes program to remove ‘ad-supported’ software and other malware.
Block zerotrack.pro and other annoying web-sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying ads and malicious sites, you need to use application that blocks access to dangerous ads and pages. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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After downloading is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is finished, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow 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 PC system, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, web-pages like zerotrack.pro, 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, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your computer and remove zerotrack.pro redirect with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and delete ad supported software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (start page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Download AdwCleaner utility 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 complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to display the program, click Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” to begin checking your personal computer for the ‘ad-supported’ software that cause a redirect to zerotrack.pro advertisements.
Once the scan is done, it will open a list of all items detected by this tool as on the image below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box, click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. When the clean up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
After completing the instructions outlined above, your PC system should be clean from malware and adware. The Google Chrome, FF, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer will no longer open zerotrack.pro annoying ads or redirect you to unwanted pages. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step 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.