The Targetctracker.com is a ‘ad’ web-page. If this page popping up in your web-browser then this might be a sign that your computer is infected with adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software). It’s a type of malicious programs that designed to open tons of unwanted pop ups. Unlike viruses, the ad-supported software will not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your web browser. This is because, it’ll infect your machine, get full access to your browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge and be able to change their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your browser settings will be changed, you will be redirected to intrusive ads, some of which can lead to malicious or misleading web-pages. For this reason, we suggest that you start the clean up of your personal computer ASAP and thereby delete Targetctracker.com popup advertisements from your web-browser.
What is more, the adware may display ads depend on a web page that you are visiting. That is, it’s 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 adware 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.
The malicious programs from the adware family that modifies the settings of browsers usually affects only the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The ad-supported software may change the Target property of a internet browser’s shortcut, so every time you run the web-browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the unwanted Targetctracker.com ads.
Instructions which is shown below, will help you to clean your PC system from the adware as well as remove Targetctracker.com undesired pop ups from the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other internet browsers.
Remove Targetctracker.com redirect
As with uninstalling adware, malware or potentially unwanted software, there are few steps you can do. We recommend trying them all. If you do only one part of the guidance, then it should be run malicious software removal utility, because it should get rid of ad supported software and block any further infection. But to completely remove Targetctracker.com pop-up advertisements you’ll have to at least reset your browser settings such as startpage, new tab and default search engine to default state, disinfect system’s internet browsers shortcuts, uninstall all unwanted and suspicious applications, and remove adware with malicious software removal tools. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or reboot your machine.
How to manually remove Targetctracker.com
Most common ad supported software may be deleted without any antivirus programs. The manual adware removal is step by step tutorial that will teach you how to get rid of the Targetctracker.com pop up advertisements.
Uninstall PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
Some potentially unwanted programs, browser hijacking applications and ‘ad supported’ software can be uninstalled by uninstalling the free programs they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed applications in Microsoft Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to remove them.
Press Windows button , 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 will display the Windows Control Panel like below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all software installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Remove Targetctracker.com advertisements from Google Chrome
If your Chrome internet browser is redirected to annoying Targetctracker.com web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web-browser application to its default settings.
- First start the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is complete, your internet browser’s homepage, newtab and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of Targetctracker.com redirect from IE
If you find that Internet Explorer web browser settings such as home page, newtab page and search provider by default having been changed by adware which redirects your web browser to undesired Targetctracker.com site, then you may return your settings, via the reset internet browser procedure.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove ad supported software that redirects your browser to undesired Targetctracker.com web-site, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like startpage, newtab page and search provider by default to default state.
Delete Targetctracker.com redirect from Mozilla Firefox
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data, restore preferences and security settings, remove redirections to intrusive Targetctracker.com site and ‘ad supported’ software.
Run the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware that causes web browsers to open unwanted Targetctracker.com pop-ups. Once, it’s complete, click the “Finish” button.
Fix infected browsers shortcuts to remove Targetctracker.com redirect
After installed, this ad supported software may add an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge. Due to this, every time you launch the browser, it will open an intrusive ad web-site.
Right click on the internet 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 “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all web-browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer.
Remove 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 launch your system, it will display Targetctracker.com intrusive web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all malicious tasks that have been created by malicious applications.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a prompt that titled with 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 displayed on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then 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 malicious software. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically get rid of Targetctracker.com redirect
After completing the manual removal guidance above all unwanted applications, malicious web-browser’s add-ons and adware which reroutes your internet browser to undesired Targetctracker.com web page should be deleted. If the problem with Targetctracker.com pop up advertisements is still remained, then we suggest to scan your system for any remaining malicious components. Use recommended free ad supported software removal software below.
How to automatically delete Targetctracker.com pop up advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to detect and delete Targetctracker.com pop up advertisements from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your PC system.
Now you can install and run Zemana Anti-Malware to remove Targetctracker.com popup advertisements from your browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana Anti Malware setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your system.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Start the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this utility on your PC system.
During setup you can change certain settings, but we advise you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When install is finished, this malicious software removal utility will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana Free utility will start scanning the whole computer to find out ad-supported software that causes intrusive Targetctracker.com advertisements. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the Zemana Free utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
After Zemana Free has finished scanning your computer, Zemana will display you the results. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will start to remove adware that causes multiple intrusive ads. When that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer to make the change take effect.
Scan and clean your PC of adware with Malwarebytes
Remove Targetctracker.com advertisements manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the free application will allow you to delete malware, potentially unwanted applications, toolbars and hijackers that your PC can be infected too.
- Please download MalwareBytes from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the downloading process is complete, please close all applications and open windows on your PC. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes Free onto your personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes Anti Malware will start and open the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button .MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) program will scan through the whole computer for the ad supported software that causes web browsers to show unwanted Targetctracker.com ads. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
- When MalwareBytes Free has finished scanning your computer, MalwareBytes will show you the results.
- Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click the “Quarantine Selected” button. When that process is done, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
- Close the Anti Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Remove Targetctracker.com redirect and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility which can check your system for a wide range of security threats such as malware, adwares, potentially unwanted programs as well as adware that causes multiple undesired popup advertisements. It will perform a deep scan of your PC system including hard drives and Windows registry. When a malicious software is found, it will help you to remove all detected threats from your system with a simple click.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below and save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. After the utility is launched, you will see a screen as shown on the screen below.
Further, click “Scan” button for scanning your system for the ad-supported software that causes a large number of annoying Targetctracker.com advertisements. Once the checking is complete, AdwCleaner will open a list of found items as shown below.
When you’re ready, press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt like below.
You need to click “OK”. When disinfection is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC system. When your personal computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Use AdBlocker to block Targetctracker.com and stay safe online
We suggest to install an ad-blocker application that can stop Targetctracker.com and other intrusive web pages. The adblocker tool such as AdGuard is a application that basically removes advertising from the World Wide Web and blocks access to malicious pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad-blocking applications is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Internet.
- Download AdGuard program on your machine from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- When the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is done, click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up advertisements, pages such Targetctracker.com, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which can be found on your desktop.
Don’t know how your web browser has been hijacked by Targetctracker.com popup ads?
These days some free programs makers bundle optional programs that could be potentially unwanted applications such as this ad supported software, with a view to making some money. These are not freeware as install an unwanted programs on to your MS Windows computer. So whenever you install a new free application that downloaded from the World Wide Web, be very careful during installation. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), select custom or manual installation method, uncheck all third-party applications.
To sum up
After completing the guidance shown above, your computer should be free from adware which cause undesired Targetctracker.com pop-ups to appear and other malware. The Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer reroute you to various annoying sites such as Targetctracker.com. Unfortunately, if the guidance does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.