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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Package Tracker Pro

If you find Package Tracker Pro in your browsers, it is possible that you did not install it knowingly. Although this browser extension may appear to be useful for those who receive or send FedEx, UPS, and USPS packages frequently, we believe that this tool may pose a threat to your system security. We have found that this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is an exact clone of Search.hfastpackagetracker.co and both belongs to the Polarity family. You can also think of this tool as a browser hijacker due to its capability to change your browser settings. This PUP can affect your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers so if you prefer to use any of these browsers, you could always be exposed to this questionable search page. We do not encourage you to use this tool because you could be presented with unsafe third-party content and cause further virtual security issues for you. We suggest that you remove Package Tracker Pro from your PC as soon as you can. Please read on to find out how you can avoid similar threats.

In all fairness, first we need to mention the official channels where you can directly install this questionable browser extension. The official page can be found at packagetrackerpro.com, which is the usual simple page with limited information. The other one is the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/package-tracker-pro/kbdgnmbinekjljmapicoppcmccolfjme. We do not believe that too many computer users would find these pages to install this tool. We recommend that before you want to download and install any new application, you run a quick web search to see what you may be up against. For example, in this case you may find articles right on the first results page that suggest that you should delete Package Tracker Pro as a PUP or as a browser hijacker from your system. This could help you decide whether you really still want to install such an extension or rather not.

However, there are also alternative ways for you to install this PUP. For example, you may click on third-party pop-up ads offered on malicious or suspicious webpages. These pop-ups may promote this PUP directly or push you to install other questionable programs, which will force you to install this tool, too. In this case, you might be lucky not to have other PUPs or malware infections already on your system although this is quite unlikely. The problem is that you can also find this PUP spreading in free software bundles. You may use shady file-sharing pages to download free or cracked software or click on random unsafe third-party content on other suspicious pages. You should also be aware that if your computer is infected with malware like adware, it is always likely that you will drop further infections by being exposed to unsafe content. This is why we recommend that you employ a trustworthy malware scanner after you delete Package Tracker Pro from your PC.

This new Polarity Technologies browser extension provides you with the ability to track packages online. Apart from this main feature, you also find familiar functions, such as the links to the News and the Local Weather pages. You can see a panel with thumbnail links to the same pages below the search field as you can find on the fake toolbar at the top. The tracker feature you can find below this panel. We do not recommend that you use any of these features because you cannot fully trust them. And the same applies to the search engine itself.

This PUP sets "search.searchptp.com/?uc=20171128&ap=appfocus35&source=1-bb8&uid=fa733700-dae2-4715-876f-cd0f073f6f95&i_id=packages_1.0&page=newtab&" in your browsers as your new home page, new tab page, and default search provider. This search engine redirects your search keywords to Yahoo search results pages that could be altered to include promoted third-party ads and sponsored links as well. If you click on unreliable ads or links, there is always a risk of opening new tab pages with malicious content, i.e., pages that may want to scam you or drop infections behind your back. Since cyber criminals may be able to scam you to reveal your personal or banking details this way, we suggest that you remove Package Tracker Pro right away.

You can follow our instructions below if you would like to take matters into your own hands. It is really not big a deal to eliminate this PUP. Nevertheless, we also understand that you would prefer to use an anti-malware application (e.g., SpyHunter) to automatically detect and remove all possible threat sources from your PC. Such security software can also defend your system from future attacks if kept updated.

How to remove Package Tracker Pro from Internet Explorer

Windows XP

  1. Access the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the application and click Remove.

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Press Win+R and enter control panel. Press OK.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the application and click Uninstall.

How to remove Package Tracker Pro from other browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and open Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox.
  3. In the confirmation window, click Refresh Firefox again.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and choose Settings.
  2. Click Advanced at the bottom.
  3. Click Reset at the bottom of the page.
  4. In the confirmation window, press Reset.
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