How to remove ads delivered by Free Package Tracker Plus adware?

Also Known As: Ads by Free Package Tracker Plus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Free Package Tracker Plus adware removal instructions

What is Free Package Tracker Plus?

Free Package Tracker Plus is a piece of rogue software, endorsed as a tool for easy access to package tracking services. It is designed to deliver intrusive advert campaigns and due to this, it is categorized as adware. Additionally, Free Package Tracker Plus spies on users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable techniques used to proliferate Free Package Tracker Plus, it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

Website used to promote Free Package Tracker Plus adware

Adware delivers various undesirable and harmful advertisements, e.g. 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. Presence of adware on browsers/systems seriously diminishes the browsing quality, since the delivered advertisements overlay page content and limit the browsing speed. Upon being clicked on, intrusive adverts redirect to sale-based/promotional, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious webpages. Some ads of this type can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs) - when they are clicked on. Visiting the sites such advertisements redirect to and/or having dubious software infiltrate the system - can lead to a variety of issues. What is more, Free Package Tracker Plus has data tracking abilities, which is typical to adware and PUAs in general. This adware monitors browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather 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, presence of unwanted apps like Free Package Tracker Plus on devices can result in system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety - all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins eliminated immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
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.
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Ad by PopMessengerSpotBest Media ConverterMessengerDeck - are some examples of other pieces of software within the adware category. It typically appears legitimate and useful. Users are tempted into download/installation with offers of a wide variety of functionalities. However, the advertised features are rarely operational. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted applications is to generate revenue at user expense. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, 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 (e.g. Free Package Tracker Plus) have "official" promotional websites, from which they can be downloaded. These apps can also be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This deceptive marketing method of packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive ads can infiltrate PUAs into systems as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to download/install such applications without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive adverts typically appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to various questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with such advertisements/redirects of this kind, users must inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. 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:

Free Package Tracker Plus adware asking for permissions

Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by Free Package Tracker Plus adware:

Advertisement from Free Package Tracker Plus adware

Appearance of Free Package Tracker Plus adware diminishing the browsing experience (GIF):

Free Package Tracker Plus adware appearance (GIF)

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Quick menu:

Free Package Tracker Plus adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Free Package Tracker Plus adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 (which 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Free Package Tracker Plus ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing Free Package Tracker Plus ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Free Package Tracker Plus  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing Free Package Tracker Plus ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Free Package Tracker Plus ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Free Package Tracker Plus".

Removing Free Package Tracker Plus ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

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 Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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