Fast Flight Tracker browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Fast Flight Tracker?
As its name suggests, the Fast Flight Tracker app allows flight tracking of aircraft, however, this software modifies browser settings and records browsing data. Applications that operate in this manner are called browser hijackers. Since people usually do not download or install apps such as Fast Flight Tracker intentionally, they are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Additionally, Fast Flight Tracker is installed with another PUA called Hide My Searches.
Fast Flight Tracker is a browser hijacker that promotes search.fastflighttrackertab.com, the address of a fake search engine. It does this by changing settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Typically, PUAs of this type maintain their settings as long they are installed and do not allow them to be changed. Therefore, users of Fast Flight Tracker are forced to visit search.fastflighttrackertab.com when they open a hijacked browser, new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. The only way to change the address is to uninstall Fast Flight Tracker. As mentioned, search.fastflighttrackertab.com is a fake search engine and does not generate unique results. If used, it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com (and provides results generated by Yahoo). Furthermore, most browser hijackers (including Fast Flight Tracker) collect user-system information. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. Developers share the data with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. To summarize, having a browser hijacked might lead to problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy or even identity theft. For these reasons we recommend that you uninstall Fast Flight Tracker, Hide My Searches and any other PUA that is installed on the browser or operating system immediately.
|Name||Fast Flight Tracker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.32776144), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/OpenDownloadManager), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Fast Flight Tracker|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly provides a flight tracking service.|
|Serving IP Address (search.fastflighttrackertab.com)||18.104.22.168|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|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.|
|Additional Information||Fast Flight Tracker is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|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)||
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Fast Flight Tracker is just one of many browser hijackers. Other examples are All Day Forecast, Great File Converter, and Listen To Live Radio. In most cases, these apps are advertised as useful, legitimate and supposedly deliver various features. Unfortunately, most do not operate as promised. Browser hijackers are useless and designed only to help developers to generate revenue. For these reasons, no browser hijacker or other PUA should be trusted.
How did Fast Flight Tracker install on my computer?
Fast Flight Tracker can be downloaded from its website, however, people generally download and install programs of this type inadvertently. In most cases, PUAs are downloaded and/or installed with other (often free) software. I.e., when they are included into the download and/or installation set-ups of other programs. Information about additionally-included apps is usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. In summary, people download and install unwanted apps when they download and/or install programs without changing settings available in the set-ups. This sometimes happens when they click deceptive ads that run scripts designed to cause unwanted downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software should not be downloaded or installed through third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as eMule, torrent clients, unofficial pages, and so on. We recommend that you download using only official websites and direct download links. If a setup contains "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings, ensure that they are checked carefully, since they often contain offers to download or install unwanted software - these should be dismissed before completing the download or installation process. Intrusive ads (especially those displayed on dubious pages) redirect people to potentially untrustworthy sites or download, install unwanted apps. For these reasons, do not trust or click them. Remove all unwanted extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and programs of this kind installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with Fast Flight Tracker, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Fast Flight Tracker browser hijacker:
Fast Flight Tracker browser hijacker installer set-up:
Fast Flight Tracker wants to access various data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Fast Flight Tracker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Fast Flight Tracker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.fastflighttrackertab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Fast Flight Tracker browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.fastflighttrackertab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.fastflighttrackertab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Fast Flight 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, "Fast Flight Tracker"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.fastflighttrackertab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Fast Flight Tracker browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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.fastflighttrackertab.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 "Fast Flight Tracker".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.fastflighttrackertab.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 "Fast Flight Tracker" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), 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 "Fast Flight Tracker" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.fastflighttrackertab.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.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 look for "hxxp://search.fastflighttrackertab.com" and "hxxp://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.fastflighttrackertab.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 "Fast Flight Tracker", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
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 "Fast Flight Tracker" or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.fastflighttrackertab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.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: "search.fastflighttrackertab.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.fastflighttrackertab.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.fastflighttrackertab.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.fastflighttrackertab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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