What is Track Package Tab?
Track Package Tab is a browser hijacker which changes certain browser settings to trackpackagetab.com, the address of a fake search engine. Commonly, apps of this type gather data relating to browsing activities. Many users download and install browser hijackers unintentionally and, for this reason, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Track Package Tab sets trackpackagetab.com as the default search engine, homepage, and URL of a new tab, so that users are forced to visit the site when they open a browser, new tab or search by entering search queries into the URL bar. Typically, changes made by a browser hijacker cannot be undone unless users uninstall the rogue software.
Therefore, trackpackagetab.com can only be removed from browser settings by uninstalling Track Package Tab. Note that trackpackagetab.com is classified as a fake search engine, since it redirects users to search.yahoo.com and displays results generated by Yahoo.
It is very likely that Track Package Tab is not only designed to force users to visit trackpackagetab.com but also to gather browsing data. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened websites, entered search queries, and other data of this kind.
In some cases, these apps can access private, sensitive details. The collected data is sold by the developers to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. This can cause problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy or even more serious issues such as identity theft.
For these reasons, you are advised against downloading or installing browser hijackers. If any are already installed on the browser and/or computer, remove them immediately.
|Name||Track Package Tab|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Track Package Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly functions as a package tracking widget.|
|Serving IP Address (trackpackagetab.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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.|
|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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Login Center, Weather Discover and My Recipe Finder are some of examples of other apps that are also classified as browser hijackers. These PUAs force users to visit a fake search engine address. They also gather various information, are useless, and can cause serious issues.
How did Track Package Tab install on my computer?
Commonly, developers distribute PUAs by including them into the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". Usually, information about additionally-included apps can be found in settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom".
PUAs gain permission to be downloaded and installed together with other software when users fail to check and change these settings. In some cases, when clicked, unwanted downloads and installations are caused by clicking deceptive ads that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
It is important to download programs from official, trustworthy sources/websites. Avoid third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, etc., since they are often used to distribute unwanted, malicious apps.
Also, it is important to check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of the download/installation setup. Decline any offers to download or install unwanted software before completing the process. Do not click intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious web pages - when clicked, they can open other, potentially malicious websites.
Note that, in some cases, the ads might appear on legitimate web pages and should not be trusted. Remove any apps (extensions, add-ons and plug-ins) installed on the browser. Also remove software of this kind that is installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with Track Package Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Notification stating that Track Package Tab can read and change certain data (on Chrome):
Notification stating that Track Package Tab can access certain data:
Website promoting Track Package Tab browser hijacker:
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- What is Track Package Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Track Package Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove trackpackagetab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Track Package Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove trackpackagetab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove trackpackagetab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Track Package Tab browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, "Track Package Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the trackpackagetab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Track Package Tab 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://trackpackagetab.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 "Track Package Tab".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the trackpackagetab.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 "Track Package Tab" 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 "Track Package Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.trackpackagetab.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 "trackpackagetab.com", 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 trackpackagetab.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 "Track Package Tab", 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 "Track Package Tab", remove hxxp://trackpackagetab.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with trackpackagetab.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 trackpackagetab.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.
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