Search.htrackyourpackages.co Virus - How To Remove?

 

Search.htrackyourpackages.co is presented as a tool that should provide users with the ability to track packages. However, we have discovered that it is functioning poorly and in addition to that, you will get some unwanted and even malicious features. If that’s not enough, it is distributed in a malicious way and is likely to change some settings on web browsers without your permission. It is listed as browser hijacker (malware) and we recommend to get rid of it as soon as possible. Keep reading this article to learn how to do that and protect your system against malware.

This infection was developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd (“Polarity”) – company well known for distributing malware. We have informed our readers that this company released malware like Search.searchfastlm.com and Search.heasyspeedtest.co and it seems that browser hijackers just keep going as we have a new one on a table.

Same like other browser hijackers from this company, Htrackyourpackages.co is operating as browser add-on. It can be added to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge – basically all the most popular web browsers. The main reason why this add-on is listed as browser hijacker, because once installed on your computer, it will automatically change some settings on web browsers, without even asking you about that.

If this malicious application is installed on your computer, both homepage and default search engine on all of your web browsers will be automatically set to www.search.htrackyourpackages.co. From now on, this website will appear every time you open a web browser. It will also show up every time you open a new tab. If you take a look at that website, it might look like regular search engine with a couple of additional features. One of them – tracking packages. As the name of this malware suggests, Search.htrackyourpackages.co is supposed to help you track parcels. However, if you try to input some tracking number into that search field, you will be redirected to UPS website, so you can only track packages that are sent via this particular shipper. Basically, this function is useless.

Now, if you try to search for something using this website, you will be redirected to Yahoo website. So what’s the point of this browser hijacker? The answer can be found in their toolbar:

Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus

Just like all other browser hijackers developed by Polarity Technologies LTD, they are promoting ‘Local Weather’ a.k.a. ‘Weatherly’ add-on. We have already discussed it earlier and you should not use it, firstly, it provides wrong information about weather forecast and secondly, it is considered to be malicious as well due to bulk distribution by browser hijackers.

Another thing about Search.htrackyourpackages.co worth consideration – their approach to your personal information. This is what they will definitely recored:

  • The type of browser you are using when using our Services, including your browser’s “user agent” (e.g., Internet Explorer, Safari, and other browsers);
  • Your operating system type, whether Mac OS, or Windows, and which version of Windows; o Your Internet protocol (IP) address and information about the version of any software comprising a portion of the Services that you use;
  • Your geographic location and the domain name of your Internet service provider (ISP); the URLs and websites that you visit and have visited; your search queries on the web pages you visit;
  • and/or Diagnostic information which describes how our Services are operating on your system.

As you can see, your IP address, various specs about your system and your private browsing history, search queries will be collected. Why would they need information like this? They might sell it to various third parties, so makers of other malware could target you more efficiently.

Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus remove

That’s enough reasons not to keep this virus installed on your computer. In case you have no clue how to get rid of it, you have come to the right place. We suggest you to download reliable anti-malware application, such as Reimage or SpyHunter, install it on your computer and then run a full scan of all files stored on your hard drive. Either one of these apps should detect and remove the infection in no time. it will also protect your computer from similar viruses in the future, so it’s worth to keep it installed. There is also a way to remove the infection without any help of anti-malware software. This process might be more complicated, so we have developed a step-by-step Search.htrackyourpackages.co manual removal guide to assist you – scroll down below this article and take a look at it. Do your best to complete all steps correctly and you should be able to remove the virus manually by your own.



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Manual removal of Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus

How to remove htrackyourpackages virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Htrackyourpackages.co install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing htrackyourpackages virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the htrackyourpackages virus from the list.

How to remove Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to htrackyourpackages virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Search.htrackyourpackages.co virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to htrackyourpackages virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove htrackyourpackages virus, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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