How to remove Ads Tracker from a web browser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of application is Ads Tracker?
After adding the Ads Tracker extension to a web browser, we noticed that this application displays unwanted advertisements. Our team discovered Ads Tracker on a deceptive web page. Since this app shows ads, we classified it as adware. It is uncommon for advertising-supported apps to be added or installed on purpose.
Ads Tracker overview
Ads Tracker delivers annoying advertisements that cover the contents of visited pages and can open questionable web pages. Ads displayed by Ads Tracker can lead to phishing websites (pages designed to trick users into providing sensitive information), technical support scam pages, websites promoting potentially malicious apps, etc.
Also, Ads Tracker can read and change all data on all websites. Its developers may be using it to gather browsing-related and possibly other information. That data may be sold to third parties, used for marketing purposes, or monetized in other ways. Thus, having Ads Tracker added to a browser can cause issues related to online privacy.
|Name||Ads by Ads Tracker|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
In addition to showing ads, some advertising-supported applications hijack web browsers. They promote fake shady (or fake) search engines by changing the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page. It is highly advisable not to trust shady search engines to avoid unwanted downloads and potentially malicious pages.
Examples of other apps that function as adware are Audio Finder, Find My Song, and Video Finder.
How did adware install on my computer?
Our team discovered Ads Tracker on a shady website showing the "Your File Is Ready To Download" message and saying that a free extension might be required. This browser extension got added after completing the provided steps. Ads Tracker also has its "official" page.
Another popular way to distribute adware is to bundle it with other software. Users install adware when they finish installations without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. Installers that have adware included in them usually have such settings or ticked checkboxes.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download files and applications from reliable sources such as official websites and stores. Read reviews before downloading apps. Avoid downloads from unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources. Do not trust advertisements on questionable pages (or allow such pages to deliver notifications).
Check downloaders and installers for unwanted offers and deselect them before downloading and installing programs. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Shady websites promoting Ads Tracker:
Official page promoting Ads Tracker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Ads Tracker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Ads Tracker" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ads tracker, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by ads tracker 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 ads tracker, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
In most cases, users experience diminished web browsing experience and decreased system performance. Additionally, adware can cause problems related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
Adware displays various advertisements. Also, it can gather various data and promote fake or shady search engines.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They monetize adware mostly by participating in affiliate programs and promoting various products, websites, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Ads Tracker adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove adware. It is recommended to remove adware using specialized software to avoid leaving its data in the system. In some cases, files or other components remain in the system when adware is removed manually.
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