Tracking999.com is categorized as a browser hijacker virus that can modify the settings of your browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome and cause serious problems to your computer. It hijacks your homepage and doesn’t allow you to change it back. Follow this post to remove the virus as soon as possible.
Tracking999.com is another browser redirect virus that intends to replace your current home page with its own search box without your awareness. It is as similar as Luxemil.com virus which also provides bogus Luxemil search engine. Being as a redirect virus, the first symptom you will see is that it keeps redirecting the home page to its own search engine without your permission and prevents you from changing it back. No one can guarantee this fake search engine will give you truthful results, but you must be annoyed with this virus which intends to earn a living by displaying many advertisements on the search result.
Search results provided via Tracking999.com host malicious software that will install onto your computer simply by visiting the website and this virus can be installed from unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars. Criminals create such virus in order to use the artificial traffic to boost affiliate payments. Once it enters the computer, it makes changes to favor the operation, especially the redirect process. Besides, it can add files and registry entries that affect your search activity as well as hijack the search results when you are using Google search engine. It points your browser to vicious websites that contains lots of malware and spyware such as FBI Antipiracy Warning virus and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus etc. It is no doubt a danger for your computer and this hijacker should be removed immediately at any costs.
Homepage is changed without any permission.
Desktop background is gone somehow.
Browser setting is modified.
Browsers like IE and Firefox works slowly.
Registry files are corrupted.
Considering this malware can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. Remove all add-ons and extensions
Google Chrome: Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions
Mozilla Firefox: Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A)
Internet Explorer: Tools > Manage Add-ons
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
Tracking999.com is classified as a tricky hijacker virus that can do many harmful things by taking over your browser and redirecting to malicious and risky web sites without your permission. Ways to get infected by this search hijacker are constant browsing of risky web sites and downloading of suspicious files from file-sharing servers. Once downloaded, you can’t find any traces of this virus by running security scan. Also it is suggested users don’t spend time trying to change browser to stop these attacks, it is totally useless even if you reinstall your browser. In a word, this is an aggressive virus that is able to compromise your web browser and change your default search engine and homepage. It needs and only can be removed manually with expertise.
Published by & last updated on June 1, 2013 3:45 pm