If your browser’s homepage or search provider are being re-directed to the webpage named Tracker Packages, then you most probably have a hijacker installed on your PC. The browser hijacker will modify your internet browser’s search engine by default, new tab and start page so that they automatically open the Tracker Packages and use it for searches. If you would like to remove Tracker Packages and are unable to do so, you can use the steps below to scan for and remove this browser hijacker and any other unwanted software for free.
Besides the fact that Tracker Packages hijacker rewrites your startpage, this unwanted web-page can set yourself as your search engine. But, obviously, it does not give you a good search results, as they will consist of a large number of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad sites and only the remaining part is search results for your query from the major search providers. Of course, the very fact that you encounter with the inability to properly search the Web, is an unpleasant moment. Moreover, the Tracker Packages hijacker be able to collect user info about you. This privacy data, in the future, can be transferred to third parties. What creates the risk of theft of confidential data about you.
Often, the personal computer which has been infected by Tracker Packages hijacker, will be also affected by ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which opens a lot of various ads. It can be pop-ups, text links in the pages, banners where they never had. What is more, the ad-supported software can replace the legitimate advertisements with malicious advertisements which will offer to download and install malicious software and unwanted programs or visit the various dangerous and misleading sites.
To find out how to remove Tracker Packages home page, we recommend to read the few simple steps added to this article below. The guidance was prepared by experienced security professionals who discovered a method to remove the annoying Tracker Packages browser hijacker infection out of the PC.
How to remove Tracker Packages from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge (removal guide)
There are exist several free hijacker removal tools. Also it’s possible to remove Tracker Packages start page manually. But we suggest to combine all these ways below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the instructions. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your browser or restart your PC system.
To remove Tracker Packages, use the following steps:
- How to remove Tracker Packages homepage without any software
- How to get rid of Tracker Packages with freeware
- Stop Tracker Packages redirect and other intrusive web-sites
- Method of Tracker Packages browser hijacker intrusion into your computer
- Finish words
How to remove Tracker Packages homepage without any software
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete Tracker Packages startpage from the Edge, IE, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome.
Remove suspicious software using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Some of PUPs, ad-supported software and hijacker can be deleted using the Add/Remove programs utility which is located in the Windows Control Panel. So, if you are running any version of MS Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to remove it through Add/Remove programs.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all applications installed on the personal computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove dubious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort apps by date.
See more details in the video guide below.
Remove Tracker Packages start page from Mozilla Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings such as new tab, home page and search provider have been modified by the hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help. It’ll save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, auto-fill data and open tabs.
Start the 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 show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re 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 in the figure 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 begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection that responsible for web browser redirect to the intrusive Tracker Packages website. Once, it is finished, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Tracker Packages from Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer internet browser you restore your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by hijacker like Tracker Packages.
First, open the IE. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect.
Remove Tracker Packages from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the browser hijacker, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to recover the web browser’s start page, new tab and search engine by default that have been replaced by browser hijacker infection.
- First launch the Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the addon labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is done, your browser’s search provider, newtab and homepage will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
How to get rid of Tracker Packages with freeware
Manual removal instructions does not always help to completely remove the browser hijacker infection, as it is not easy to identify and get rid of components of browser hijacker and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it is recommended that you run malicious software removal tool to completely delete Tracker Packages off your personal computer. Several free malicious software removal utilities are currently available that may be used against the hijacker. The optimum way would be to run Zemana Free, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) and HitmanPro.
Use Zemana AntiMalware to delete Tracker Packages home page
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-Malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to detect and get rid of Tracker Packages startpage from your computer. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the PC.
- Download Zemana Free by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will show the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After the downloading process is finished, please close all software and open windows on your PC. Next, start a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of Zemana Free onto your machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana Anti-Malware will start and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button for checking your personal computer for the Tracker Packages hijacker and other web browser’s malicious plugins. Depending on your PC system, 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.
- When that process is complete, you’ll be displayed the list of all found threats on your computer.
- Next, you need to click the “Next” button. The tool will get rid of browser hijacker that cause Tracker Packages website to appear and add items to the Quarantine. Once the cleaning procedure is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
- Close the Zemana Free and continue with the next step.
Get rid of Tracker Packages start page from browsers with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro is a portable program that requires no hard installation to identify and remove hijacker responsible for Tracker Packages redirect. The program itself is small in size (only a few Mb). HitmanPro does not need any drivers and special dlls. It is probably easier to use than any alternative malicious software removal utilities you’ve ever tried. HitmanPro works on 64 and 32-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP. It proves that removal utility can be just as useful as the widely known antivirus programs.
Download Hitman Pro from the link below.
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Update: December 8, 2017
When the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will start the Hitman Pro utility. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to start the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Next” to begin scanning your system for the browser hijacker that alters web browser settings to replace your startpage, new tab page and search provider with Tracker Packages web-page. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan Hitman Pro will find out threats exist on your computer.
Once finished, the results are displayed in the scan report like below.
In order to get rid of all threats, simply click “Next” button. It will show a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will remove hijacker infection that cause Tracker Packages web page to appear and add threats to the Quarantine. Once that process is complete, the utility may ask you to restart your PC system.
Remove Tracker Packages with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your system of the browser hijacker infection. The free tool is an advanced malware removal application designed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you remove hijacker infections, potentially unwanted applications, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Update: March 20, 2018
After downloading is complete, close all windows on your computer. Further, start the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will assist you setup MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown below.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes program will scan through the whole PC system for the hijacker infection related to Tracker Packages search. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once MalwareBytes Free has finished scanning your system, MalwareBytes Free will display a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found. You may remove items (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free will remove browser hijacker infection that redirects your web browser to undesired Tracker Packages website and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware to remove hijacker infections, adware and other malicious software.
Stop Tracker Packages redirect and other intrusive web-sites
One of the worst things is the fact that you cannot block all those undesired webpages like Tracker Packages using only built-in Windows capabilities. However, there is a program out that you can use to block unwanted web-browser redirects, advertisements and pop-ups in any modern web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Chrome. It’s called Adguard and it works very well.
Download AdGuard from the following link. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is complete, you will see a window as displayed in the following example.
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 assist 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 system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop up ads, Tracker Packages redirect, as well as other malicious 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, which is located on your desktop.
Method of Tracker Packages browser hijacker intrusion into your computer
Many browser hijacker infections such as Tracker Packages are included in the free applications installer. Most often, a user have a chance to disable all included “offers”, but some installers are developed to confuse the average users, in order to trick them into installing an ‘ad supported’ software or potentially unwanted apps. Anyway, easier to prevent the hijacker rather than clean up your personal computer after one. So, keep the web browser updated (turn on automatic updates), use a good antivirus programs, double check a free software before you open it (do a google search, scan a downloaded file with VirusTotal), avoid malicious and unknown pages.
Once you’ve finished the guidance outlined above, your PC should be free from hijacker responsible for Tracker Packages search and other malicious software. The Chrome, MS Edge, IE and Firefox will no longer open undesired Tracker Packages page on startup. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help here.