Are you facing a problem with the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Edge and Mozilla Firefox web browsers that constantly redirects to a site called Search.packagetracker.co? Then, there are chances that are your personal computer is affected by potentially unwanted program from the browser hijacker family. It is created for the purpose of modifying certain internet browser settings (like homepage, newtab page and search provider).
After the hijack, common symptoms include:
- Changing the Chrome, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer built-in search box and search engine by default to Search.packagetracker.co;
- Replacing web browser’s startpage to Search.packagetracker.co;
- Modifying the ‘newtab’ URL to launch an annoying web-page.
If you want to change internet browser homepage or search provider back to default, you will not succeed, because the browser hijacker is very stubborn. Using the following guidance, you surely can remove Search.packagetracker.co completely from your web browsers.
Remove Search.packagetracker.co (Removal guide)
Fortunately, we’ve an effective method which will help you manually or/and automatically remove Search.packagetracker.co from your PC and bring your web browser settings, including start page, newtab and search provider by default, back to normal. Below you’ll find a removal tutorial with all the steps you may need to successfully delete this hijacker infection and its components. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this page. So, please read the step-by-step instructions carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Search.packagetracker.co, use the steps below:
- Remove potentially unwanted applications through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Remove Search.packagetracker.co start page from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove Search.packagetracker.co from Firefox by resetting browser settings
- Remove Search.packagetracker.co from Google Chrome
- How to automatically remove Search.packagetracker.co browser hijacker
- How to block Search.packagetracker.co redirect
Manual Search.packagetracker.co redirect removal
Read this section to know how to manually get rid of the Search.packagetracker.co browser hijacker. Even if the step-by-step instructions does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below which can easily handle such browser hijacker infections.
Remove potentially unwanted applications through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
First of all, check the list of installed apps on your PC and delete all unknown and recently installed software. If you see an unknown application with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malicious software and you should clean it off first with malware removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware.
Make sure you have closed all web-browsers and other programs. Next, delete any unrequested and suspicious applications from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Choose “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of programs installed on your computer. Most probably, one of them is the browser hijacker infection that cause a redirect to Search.packagetracker.co webpage. Choose the dubious application or the program that name is not familiar to you and remove it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in MS Windows, choose “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, choose “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the questionable or any unknown apps, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to remove this undesired application from your system.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Choose an unwanted program, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove Search.packagetracker.co start page from Microsoft Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web-browser is hijacked or you have unwanted extensions or toolbars on your web browser, which installed by a malicious software.
First, run the IE, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The IE will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove hijacker that created to reroute your web browser to the Search.packagetracker.co web page, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like default search engine, home page and newtab page to default state.
Remove Search.packagetracker.co from Firefox by resetting browser settings
This step will help you get rid of Search.packagetracker.co, third-party toolbars, disable harmful plugins and restore your default startpage, new tab and search engine settings.
First, launch the Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () like below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the Search.packagetracker.co browser hijacker. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Search.packagetracker.co from Google Chrome
In this step we are going to show you how to reset Google Chrome settings. potentially unwanted programs like the Search.packagetracker.co can make changes to your web-browser settings including home page, newtab page and search engine by default, add toolbars and undesired plugins. By resetting Chrome settings you will delete Search.packagetracker.co and reset unwanted changes caused by browser hijacker. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
- First, launch the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension 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.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
How to automatically remove Search.packagetracker.co browser hijacker
Many antivirus companies have created programs that allow detect and get rid of hijacker, and thereby return internet browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your personal computer may have a large number of PUPs, ad supported software and browser hijacker infections installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after rebooting the PC system, then run your machine into Safe Mode and run the anti-malware tool again.
How to automatically delete Search.packagetracker.co with Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM)
Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) is free full featured malicious software removal tool. It can scan your files and Microsoft Windows registry in real-time. Zemana AntiMalware can help to get rid of Search.packagetracker.co hijacker infection, other PUPs and adware. It uses 1% of your computer resources. This tool has got simple and beautiful interface and at the same time best possible protection for your system.
Click the following link to download Zemana. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: February 14, 2019
Once downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Free on your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware utility will start scanning the whole machine to find out browser hijacker infection which cause a redirect to Search.packagetracker.co web site. While the Zemana Free is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
After finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Next, you need to click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will remove hijacker infection responsible for modifying your web-browser settings to Search.packagetracker.co. When disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
How to block Search.packagetracker.co redirect
To put it simply, you need to use an adblocker tool (AdGuard, for example). It will block and protect you from all annoying websites like Search.packagetracker.co, advertisements and pop-ups. To be able to do that, the ad-blocker program uses a list of filters. Each filter is a rule that describes a malicious web-site, an advertising content, a banner and others. The ad blocker program automatically uses these filters, depending on the websites you are visiting.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide like below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop up advertisements, Search.packagetracker.co redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading 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 can be found on your desktop.
Why is my browser redirected to Search.packagetracker.co?
Now your personal computer should be clean of the browser hijacker that causes web browsers to show undesired Search.packagetracker.co web-page. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and intrusive harmful web-pages) and Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your machine for new browser hijackers and other malware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete Search.packagetracker.co from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE, then ask for help here here.