How to remove Utrack.pw Pop-up Ads
What is Utrack.pw:
Threat Classification: Adware
If you think that your computer is infected by an adware, you should start getting various strange pop-up ads, messages or even audio warnings when you start your browser and the Utrack.pw starts loading. The ads supplied by adware are not safe, and you could install applications like the Music Box Toolbar that have browser-hijacking capabilities. As stated above, the ads by adware are not safe and users are strongly advised against following instructions on pop-ups loaded from domains with the Utrack.pw prefix. All these ads are caused by an adware, distributed via one of the many online advertising or marketing platforms, often used (or exploited) by cyber criminals. The Utrack.pw Ads are caused by an ad-supported extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. The adware is capable of displaying ads on random webpages, including pop-up windows and is compatible with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that an Infection was Detected or Important software update, New driver updates are released etc.. The Utrack.pw is set to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note that all these alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Utrack.pw is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which then is converted to cash via one of the many online marketing platforms.
Utrack.pw is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. That’s why, you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Utrack.pw bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc..
The purpose of Utrack.pw is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. Utrack.pw may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for regular or novice users) using a Professional Malware Removal Software.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Utrack.pw Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Utrack.pw and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
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Manual Utrack.pw Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Utrack.pw manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this Manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Utrack.pw Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Utrack.pw, Vaudix, Optimizer Pro, YoutubeAdBlocker, BuyNSave, Free Video Converter, Youtube Downloader HD, Video Media Player 1.1, Fast Free Converter, DIVX Player 3.2 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove Utrack.pw from your browser:
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
3. Check for arguments added by Utrack.pw in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Utrack.pw might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Utrack.pw`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Utrack.pw uses to hijack shortcuts should look like (or is similar) to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to Utrack.pw by checking the following locations: