Have you found that your web-browser is redirected to a previously unseen site called Authoritytrcker.com? If you answered ‘Yes’ then your need to know that your computer can be affected by an adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software). The ‘ad supported’ software is a type of malicious software that changes your system’s web browser settings so that you’ll be randomly re-directed to an unwanted advertisements. Complete the step by step tutorial below as quickly as possible It will clean your personal computer from the ‘ad supported’ software and thereby delete intrusive Authoritytrcker.com advertisements. Moreover, the steps will help you to protect your computer from more malicious viruses and trojans.
Technically, the ad-supported software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates a large amount of popup ads. It may download and install on to your PC other malicious and undesired applications without your permission, force you to visit misleading or malicious web-sites. Moreover, the ad supported software can install web browser hijacker. Once installed, it’ll change your web browser setting such as startpage, newtab and search engine by default with an annoying web page.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, some ad supported software to also change all web-browsers shortcut files that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every affected shortcut will try to redirect your web browser to intrusive ad sites like Authoritytrcker.com, certain of which might be malicious. It can make the whole PC system more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
We advise to remove the adware that made to redirect your web-browser to various ad web-sites like Authoritytrcker.com, as soon as you found this problem, as it can redirect your internet browser to web-resources which may load other harmful software on your machine.
How to remove Authoritytrcker.com redirect
In the few simple steps below, we’ll try to cover the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge and provide general help to remove Authoritytrcker.com popups. You may find some minor differences in your Microsoft Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: delete all suspicious and unknown programs, reset internet browsers settings, fix internet browsers shortcuts, get rid of harmful scheduled tasks, run free malicious software removal tools. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this web site. So, please read the step by step tutorial carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Authoritytrcker.com, follow the steps below:
- How to manually delete Authoritytrcker.com
- Delete Authoritytrcker.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Fix web-browser shortcuts, changed by ad-supported software
- Get rid of Authoritytrcker.com popups from IE
- Remove Authoritytrcker.com pop-ups from Chrome
- Delete Authoritytrcker.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- How to delete Authoritytrcker.com redirect with free software
- How to block Authoritytrcker.com popups
- Do not know how your web-browser has been hijacked by Authoritytrcker.com pop up ads?
- Finish words
How to manually delete Authoritytrcker.com
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Authoritytrcker.com ads from the FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge browsers.
Delete Authoritytrcker.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
We suggest that you start the PC system cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed software and uninstall all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious programs such as ad-supported software and hijackers may be bundled with freeware. Uninstall the unwanted programs can remove the intrusive ads or browser redirect.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed in the figure below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as on the image below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) like below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and delete all programs that has the name similar to “Authoritytrcker.com”. We recommend to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. Once you have found anything suspicious that may be the ad-supported software, adware or PUPs, then select this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your PC.
Fix web-browser shortcuts, changed by ad-supported software
Once the adware is started, it can also alter the browser’s shortcut files, adding an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the internet browser, it’ll display an undesired web page.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your hijacked web-browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It’ll show the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The adware responsible for Authoritytrcker.com popups can rewrite it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as shown on the image below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web-browser shortcuts that reroutes to an unwanted web-pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Get rid of Authoritytrcker.com popups from IE
If you find that Internet Explorer web browser settings such as startpage, newtab and default search engine having been modified by adware related to Authoritytrcker.com pop up advertisements, then you may revert back your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of adware that causes a ton of undesired Authoritytrcker.com popups, disable malicious and ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings like new tab, startpage and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Authoritytrcker.com pop-ups from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the adware, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s startpage, newtab page and search provider by default that have been replaced by adware that developed to redirect your internet browser to various ad web-sites such as Authoritytrcker.com.
First launch the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Another solution to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation prompt as displayed below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will start the task of cleaning. When it is finished, the browser’s settings including start page, newtab and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC.
Delete Authoritytrcker.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the Firefox settings such as start page, newtab page and default search engine have been changed by the ad-supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your FF browser settings to its original state.
Delete 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 boot your PC system, it will display Authoritytrcker.com annoying page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all malicious tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This opens a dialog box 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”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then get rid of 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 get rid of, then click on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as displayed in the figure 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 delete Authoritytrcker.com redirect with free software
Manual removal steps does not always allow to completely remove the adware, as it is not easy to identify and remove components of ad supported software and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it is recommended that you run malware removal tool to completely remove Authoritytrcker.com off your browser. Several free malware removal utilities are currently available that can be used against the ‘ad supported’ software. The optimum method would be to use Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes Free and AdwCleaner.
Remove Authoritytrcker.com popups with Zemana Anti-malware
We advise you to run the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your personal computer of adware that causes a lot of undesired Authoritytrcker.com pop ups. Moreover, the utility will allow you to remove potentially unwanted applications, malicious software, toolbars and browser hijackers that your personal computer can be infected too.
Download Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) on your Microsoft Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
After the download is finished, close all windows on your machine. Further, launch the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will automatically run and you can see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your PC for the adware that cause undesired Authoritytrcker.com pop-ups to appear. This procedure may take quite a while, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
After finished, you’ll be shown the list of all found threats on your personal computer. You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana will remove adware responsible for Authoritytrcker.com redirect and move threats to the program’s quarantine. Once that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your system.
Delete Authoritytrcker.com ads with Malwarebytes
You can delete Authoritytrcker.com ads automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malicious software removal utility because it may easily remove browser hijackers, adware, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
- Click the following link to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for Microsoft Windows. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- After the downloading process is done, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is finished, click the “Scan Now” button .MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) program will scan through the whole PC for the adware that causes browsers to open undesired Authoritytrcker.com pop ups. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your computer. While the MalwareBytes Free program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
- After MalwareBytes completes the scan, MalwareBytes will show a list of found items. In order to remove all items, simply press “Quarantine Selected”. Once that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC system.
The following video offers a few simple steps on how to get rid of browser hijacker infections, ‘ad supported’ software and other malware with MalwareBytes.
Double-check for potentially unwanted software with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your PC for adware which reroutes your web-browser to unwanted Authoritytrcker.com web page, potentially unwanted software and browser hijackers and helps get rid of them easily. Moreover, it will also allow you get rid of any malicious web-browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 11, 2018
Once the download is finished, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as displayed below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to start the application, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to begin scanning your personal computer for the adware which causes undesired Authoritytrcker.com advertisements. This process may take some time, so please be patient. While the AdwCleaner is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
After the scan is complete, AdwCleaner will show a scan report as displayed in the following example.
When you’re ready, click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove adware which designed to redirect your web-browser to various ad web pages such as Authoritytrcker.com and move items to the program’s quarantine. After the process is finished, the tool may ask you to reboot your system. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to block Authoritytrcker.com popups
It is important to use ad-blocking applications like AdGuard to protect your machine from harmful web sites. Most security experts says that it’s okay to stop advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to block Authoritytrcker.com and other unwanted pages.
Download AdGuard program on your computer from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the following example.
Follow the prompts. After the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 run automatically and block ads, web-sites such Authoritytrcker.com, as well as other harmful or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
Do not know how your web-browser has been hijacked by Authoritytrcker.com pop up ads?
Once you’ve done the tutorial above, your PC should be clean from this ad-supported software and other malware. The Google Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer will no longer display annoying Authoritytrcker.com web site when you browse the Web. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
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 unwanted Authoritytrcker.com pop ups.