In this article we are going to try and help you remove “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” . Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
“Your Computer Is Being Tracked” pop-up on your screen. How to remove it?
Are you one of these people who frequently browse on the web? If yes, then, you probably know how annoying it is when ads and pop-up messages show up out of nowhere and start bombarding your screen. This could totally ruin your online experience and the reason for that disturbance in most cases is some browser hijacker like “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” . The good news is that you came to the right place, because here we are going to explain what exactly is this program doing and how to get rid of its annoying adverts.
How can you get a browser hijacker on your PC?
To begin with, let’s first tell you that a browser hijacker is a piece of software that is developed to serve the online advertising industry. It often gets installed on your computer without your consent. This usually happens when you browse through different web pages. You probably may come across lots of ads, pop-up messages, links or banners, showing short notifications of different products available online. What is wrong with them? You may not know, but these pop-ups usually hide some scripts or codes, which are running in the background. They are not visible by simply looking at the pop-up box and you cannot guess about their existence. When you do click on them you may be prompted to agree to install something. Whatever the promised functionality may be, it will also bring the Ads to your computer.
Another very common way to end up with a browser hijacker on your PC is by installing a free software. Such browser hijacker applications often come with the program you’ve just installed, because they are usually bundled into the installation package and if you agree to install the package you also agree to install everything that is lurking inside of it.
A few words about “Your Computer Is Being Tracked”
Many users associate the intrusive browser hijacker behavior with computer viruses. Now, if we have to associate this program to viruses, this would be a totally wrong statement. The right thing to say is that “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” is not a virus, or anything like a ransowmare program. This is legitimate software, and as a browser hijacker, it is developed to serve the online advertising purposes. Just to make the difference clearer, we will point out that viruses are malicious pieces of software. They break through your system unnoticed and aim to steal information, disturb your normal system performance, lock you files (in the case of ransomware), or destroy files and do a lot of harm to your PC.
“Your Computer Is Being Tracked” , on the other hand, is not associated with any of the above malicious actions. You can call it an annoying application that may disturb your browsing activity with undesired ads. In case you think this interruption is irritating, you may want to uninstall “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” from your machine. However, the tricky part with browser hijacker is that uninstalling it may not be that easy as the way it got inside your system. Don’t worry – we will guide you through the full removal steps. But before that, you may want to know what processes is this application running on your machine.
What adverse actions can be taken by browser hijacker?
- Collect information about your internet browsing habits
- Install components and toolbars on browsers like Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer or other browsers you may use.
- Transmit collected data to the browser hijacker creators.
- Analyze your online searches and display relevant ads, links, messages, etc.
As a result of these activities, you may notice some slowdown on your system performance. Whenever you turn your computer, “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” may run as a background process, this way using your valuable CPU resources. Loading the ads also may increase your internet bandwidth and load your bill with a few extra megabytes to pay. If you don’t want to deal with these activities, removing it may save you from the disturbance.
How to remove “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” and keep browser hijacker away in future?
We always advise users to pay attention when surfing the web, especially when interacting with unknown ads, messages, and software. Many free software installations come along with browser hijacker inside the wizard. In order to avoid the undesired apps to get installed, click the “Advanced” or “Custom” option during the installation. There you will find all the programs available in the package. Look for the ones you want and simply uncheck the checkbox of the ones you don’t. This simple step will save you from dealing with additional unknown applications after the installation process is over. Last, but not least, you should think about using some software that blocks pop-up messages. Anti-malware tools are also a good option to keep you safe from browser hijacker. Keeping your software updated and scanning your device frequently is a good preventive measure. Now, if you decide to remove this threat from your PC, you may need to follow the steps in the guide below. Should you need any help, please, leave a comment.
“Your Computer Is Being Tracked” Removal
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more browser hijacker applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove “Your Computer Is Being Tracked” From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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