Email Tracker Ads
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Email Tracker?
Created by Surf Island Solutions, Email Tracker is a rogue browser extension claiming to allow users to monitor who opens their email. On initial inspection, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that Email Tracker is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.
The developers of this rogue application employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install Email Tracker on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Email Tracker delivers various intrusive online advertisements that include (but are not limited to) banner, interstitial, text, pop-up, pop-under, and text ads.
It is highly probable that clicking advertisements generated by Email Tracker will lead to further high-risk adware or malware-type infections.
Furthermore, Email Tracker continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information that is likely to be personally identifiable.
For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, operating system type, device identifiers, browser type, and data such as cookies, browsing history, website URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, geographic locations, and other similar details.
This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are many applications similar to Email Tracker. Health Alert, Quicklink, and EnterDigital are just some examples among many others.
These applications are useless to the user, since their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected information with third parties. Internet users are strongly advised to eliminate Email Tracker adware from their Internet browsers.
Close examination of Email Tracker reveals that it is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as softonic.com, download.com, soft32.com, and many others.
Download clients are used by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free' browser add-ons) together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infection.
This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered.
In addition, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
If your computer is infected with Email Tracker, and you experience intrusive ads while surfing the Internet, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Email Tracker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Email Tracker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Email Tracker ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Email Tracker advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Email Tracker' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Email Tracker extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Email Tracker adware 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 "Email Tracker", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Email Tracker ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Email Tracker 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 "Email Tracker", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by email tracker, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Email Tracker", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by email 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Email Tracker".
Computer users who have problems with ads by email 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 email 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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