Free Package Tracker Plus adware removal instructions
What is Free Package Tracker Plus?
Free Package Tracker Plus is rogue software endorsed as a tool for easy access to package tracking services. In fact, it delivers intrusive ad campaigns and is therefore categorized as adware. Additionally, Free Package Tracker Plus monitors users' browsing activity. Due to the dubious techniques used to proliferate Free Package Tracker Plus, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Adware delivers various unwanted and harmful advertisements such as pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page and many others. These ads are typically placed on any visited website, and this is the case with Free Package Tracker Plus. The presence of adware on browsers/systems significantly diminishes the browsing experience, since the delivered advertisements overlay web page content and limit browsing speed. When clicked, intrusive ads redirect to sale-based/promotional, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious web pages. Some ads of this type can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs) when they are clicked. Visiting the sites associated with these advertisements or having dubious software infiltrate the system can lead to serious issues. Furthermore, Free Package Tracker Plus has data tracking capabilities, which is typical to adware and PUAs in general. This adware monitors browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gathers sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data usually contains personally identifiable information. PUA developers often monetize this information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, the presence of unwanted apps such as Free Package Tracker Plus on devices can result in system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by Free Package Tracker Plus|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Free Package Tracker Plus|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to package tracking services.|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Ad by Pop, MessengerSpot, Best Media Converter, and MessengerDeck are some examples of other software within the adware category, which typically seems legitimate and useful. Users are often tempted into download/installation with offers of a wide variety of functionality, however, the advertised features are rarely operational. In fact, this information is true of most PUAs. The sole purpose of these unwanted applications is to generate revenue at users' expense. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs can run intrusive ad campaigns, make modifications to browser settings, cause redirects and collect private data.
How did Free Package Tracker Plus install on my computer?
Some PUAs (including Free Package Tracker Plus) have "official" promotional websites, from which they can be downloaded. These apps can also be downloaded/installed with other programs. This deceptive marketing method of packing normal software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.), many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive ads can infiltrate PUAs into systems as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install them applications without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrusted channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to various dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If you encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Free Package Tracker Plus, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Free Package Tracker Plus adware asking for various permissions:
Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by Free Package Tracker Plus adware:
Appearance of Free Package Tracker Plus adware diminishing the browsing experience (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Free Package Tracker Plus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Free Package Tracker Plus application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Free Package Tracker Plus adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Free Package Tracker Plus ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Free Package Tracker Plus' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Free Package Tracker Plus extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Free Package Tracker Plus adware 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 "Free Package Tracker Plus", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Free Package Tracker Plus ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Free Package Tracker Plus adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Free Package Tracker Plus", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free package tracker plus, 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 "Free Package Tracker Plus", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free package tracker plus, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Free Package Tracker Plus".
Computer users who have problems with ads by free package tracker plus 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by free package tracker plus, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by free package tracker plus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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