Simple Package Tracker browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Simple Package Tracker?
As its name suggests, the Simple Package Tracker application supposedly allows users to track their packages, which are delivered by carriers such as FedEx, USPS, UPS, DHL and Canada Post. In fact, Simple Package Tracker is a browser hijacker, an application that changes browser settings (to promote a fake search engine) and gathers various data. Since most people download and install apps of this type inadvertently, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Furthermore, developers distribute Simple Package Tracker with another PUA named Hide My Searches. Therefore, people who installed Simple Package Tracker on their systems, probably also installed Hide My Searches.
Most browser hijackers target browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. When installed, they change browser settings such as the homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL. Simple Package Tracker assigns them to search.hsimplepackagetracker.com. This is the address of a fake search engine - it is fake since it delivers results generated by another, legitimate search engine (Yahoo). In summary, when a search query is entered, search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com. Simple Package Tracker does not allow users to remove the search.hsimplepackagetracker.com address (or change it to another URL) - the only way to undo or modify settings is to uninstall the browser hijacker. Since most people install Simple Package Tracker together with Hide My Searches, this PUA should also be removed. Another reason to uninstall apps of this type is information tracking. They often gather details such as users' geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, and so on. People who design these apps usually share the information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who use it to generate revenue. To avoid possible problems with privacy, browsing safety, and so on, we recommend that you uninstall Simple Package Tracker and Hide My Searches immediately.
|Name||Simple Package Tracker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (EasyMapsAccess-23999507.exe)||DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), Emsisoft (Application.Toolbar (A)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Simple Package Tracker, Packages|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly enables users to track their packages.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hsimplepackagetracker.com)||22.214.171.124|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Additional Information||This browser hijacker (setup) is used to promote another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Find My Route is another example of a browser hijacker that is promoted with Hide My Searches. Generally, developers advertise these apps as useful and harmless, however, they deliver no real value and cause problems. People do not generally install them intentionally - they are tricked into this situation. These apps should never be trusted or used.
How did Simple Package Tracker install on my computer?
Most people end up having PUAs installed unintentionally on their systems. These downloads/installations usually occur through intrusive ads or during the download/installation processes of other (usually free) software. To trick people into these unintentional downloads/installations, developers use a method called "bundling" - they include unwanted apps into various download and installation set-ups of other software. Typically, information about these additional downloads/installations can be found in setup settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. Many people often leave these unchecked and unchanged, thereby agreeing to download and install software together with PUAs by default. Downloads and installations through intrusive ads occur when people click deceptive ads that run scripts designed to download/install rogue software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent installation of potentially unwanted software, download and install programs with caution. Download/installation set-ups often contain "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar options and settings, plus offers to download/install extra software. These offers should be dismissed before completing any download or installation. Furthermore, all files and programs should be downloaded from official web pages. Third party downloaders and installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as eMule, torrent clients and other sources of this kind should not be trusted. Do not trust or click intrusive ads displayed on dubious websites (relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). They might redirect to other untrustworthy websites or lead to unwanted installations. Check for unknown or unwanted plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions installed on the browser and programs on the operating system. Uninstalled them immediately. This software can instruct browsers to open dubious web pages or displays intrusive advertisements. If your computer is already infected with Simple Package Tracker, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Simple Package Tracker browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Simple Package Tracker browser hijacker:
Simple Package Tracker download web page asking for various permissions:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Simple Package Tracker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Simple Package Tracker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Simple Package Tracker browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hsimplepackagetracker.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Simple Package Tracker browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Simple Package Tracker"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hsimplepackagetracker.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Simple Package Tracker browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove Simple Package Tracker browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.hsimplepackagetracker.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Simple Package Tracker".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Simple Package Tracker" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Simple Package Tracker" (and "Hide My Searches") look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hsimplepackagetracker.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines..." in the opened list and look for "search.hsimplepackagetracker.com" or "hidemysearches.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Simple Package Tracker" (or simply "Packages"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Simple Package Tracker" (or simply "Packages") remove hxxp://search.hsimplepackagetracker.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.hsimplepackagetracker.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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