If you find that your web-browser has become show the annoying Turn Off Search Tracking pop up then it’s possible that your computer is infected with malicious software from the adware family. The adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) is a form of unwanted software that can display a lot of pop-ups without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can redirect the web browser on harmful and misleading web-sites. Also, if you seeing that the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer tries to load an unknown web-site, when you try to open a long-known web page, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in browser’s address bar. Use the step by step tutorial below and clean your PC system from ad-supported software ASAP. It’ll assist you to get rid of “Turn Off Search Tracking” popups and reroute to various intrusive ad sites.
It is not a good idea to have an unwanted program such as this ‘ad supported’ software on your machine. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you don’t know about. The adware can also be used to collect personal information that may be later used for marketing purposes. You don’t know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups.
Table of contents
- What is Turn Off Search Tracking
- Turn Off Search Tracking popups removal instructions
- Manual Turn Off Search Tracking popups removal
- Removing the Turn Off Search Tracking, check the list of installed software first
- Fix web browser shortcuts, changed by adware
- Get rid of Turn Off Search Tracking popups from Internet Explorer
- Remove Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups from FF
- Remove Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups from Google Chrome
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Delete Turn Off Search Tracking redirect with free applications
- Manual Turn Off Search Tracking popups removal
- How to block Turn Off Search Tracking redirect
- How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Turn Off Search Tracking popups
- Final words
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain ‘ad supported’ software to also alter all internet browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your browser to unwanted ad sites such as Turn Off Search Tracking, certain of which might be harmful. It can make the whole system more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
It is important, don’t use Turn Off Search Tracking site and don’t click on links placed on it, as they can lead you to a more malicious or misleading sites. The best option is to use the step-by-step tutorial posted below to clean your computer of ad supported software and thereby get rid of Turn Off Search Tracking redirect.
Turn Off Search Tracking popups removal instructions
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your system. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this adware that causes undesired Turn Off Search Tracking pop-up. To get rid of this ad supported software, you may use the manual removal steps that are given below or free malware removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (all are free). We suggest you use automatic removal way that will help you to get rid of Turn Off Search Tracking pop-up easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in personal computer or in the case where ‘ad supported’ software is not removed automatically. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your web-browser or restart your personal computer.
Manual Turn Off Search Tracking popups removal
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to remove the Turn Off Search Tracking pop-up from the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge browsers.
Removing the Turn Off Search Tracking, check the list of installed software first
First, you should try to identify and remove the application that causes the appearance of annoying pop-ups or web browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will display a list of all applications installed on the computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video tutorial below.
Fix web browser shortcuts, changed by adware
When the ‘ad supported’ software is started, it can also modify the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the web browser, it will show an intrusive site.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The adware can rewrite it. If you are seeing something like “…exe http://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 like below.
Once is finished, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts which redirects to an unwanted pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Get rid of Turn Off Search Tracking popups from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your internet browser, which installed by an malware.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the image 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 reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. It will delete Turn Off Search Tracking pop up, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like new tab, start page and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups from FF
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, recover preferences and security settings, remove redirects to intrusive Turn Off Search Tracking web site and ad supported software.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your FF web browser settings to its original state.
Remove Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups from Google Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the internet browser’s settings like homepage, new tab and default search engine that have been changed by the ad supported software that causes intrusive Turn Off Search Tracking popup.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, press 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 on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the undesired Turn Off Search Tracking web page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks which have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a prompt that titled as 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”, like 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 like “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 program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by adware. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Delete Turn Off Search Tracking redirect with free applications
If your machine is still infected with adware which reroutes your web-browser to intrusive Turn Off Search Tracking web site, then the best method of detection and removal is to use an anti malware scan on the PC system. Download free malicious software removal utilities below and start a full system scan. It will help you delete all components of the adware from hardisk and Windows registry.
Scan and clean your browser of Turn Off Search Tracking redirect with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend you to use the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your personal computer of Turn Off Search Tracking redirect. Moreover, the utility will help you to remove potentially unwanted programs, malicious software, toolbars and hijacker infections that your computer can be infected too.
- Download Zemana antimalware (ZAM) by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- When the downloading process is done, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is finished, click the “Scan” button to start checking your machine for the ad supported software that causes multiple annoying popups. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- As the scanning ends, it will show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. In order to remove all threats, simply press “Next”. After disinfection is complete, you can be prompted to restart your PC system.
Use Malwarebytes to remove Turn Off Search Tracking redirect
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to scan for adware and thereby delete Turn Off Search Tracking popup from your web-browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the PC.
Download Malwarebytes on your machine by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
When the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Malwarebytes on your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is complete successfully, press Finish button. Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the adware that redirects your web-browser to intrusive Turn Off Search Tracking web-site. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your PC system. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
When the scan get completed, it will show a list of detected items. When you’re ready, press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will remove ad-supported software which designed to reroute your browser to various ad web sites like Turn Off Search Tracking and move threats to the program’s quarantine. Once finished, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove ad supported software, browser hijacker infection and other malicious software.
Remove Turn Off Search Tracking redirect from browsers with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your PC for adware that causes a large count of intrusive Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups, PUPs and hijackers and helps get rid of them easily. Moreover, it will also help you remove any harmful web-browser extensions and add-ons.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Once downloading is complete, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is opened, press “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the ‘ad supported’ software which cause unwanted Turn Off Search Tracking pop-up to appear. While the utility is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
- As the scanning ends, it’ll open a list of all items detected by this utility. All found items will be marked. You can delete them all by simply click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to block Turn Off Search Tracking redirect
Run ad-blocking program like AdGuard in order to stop pop-ups, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons that affect your personal computer performance and impact your PC security. Surf the World Wide Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once the download is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which 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 run your PC, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, sites such Turn Off Search Tracking, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. 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 desktop.
How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Turn Off Search Tracking popups
Now your system should be free of the adware that causes lots of undesired Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up and annoying malicious pages) and Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your system for new malware, hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijackers, malware and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete Turn Off Search Tracking pop ups from your web browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.