For the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed my IE has been hijacked while browsing. Whenever I opened IE, it will first take me to admediatracker.com then to another ad. I am not sure if the website is a reliable but I have many problems on my computer. Every time I am online, it opens multiple tabs and even opens browser when it is closed. So I just hit close or the back button every time this website pops up. It is really annoying but I can’t figure what’s causing it. I have Windows Defender and Ad-Aware on my computer and even after a full scan by Ad-Aware, it doesn’t show anything that could cause this. I want to enjoy my web-browsing in peace, but this is getting on my last nerve. How do I fix the problem? Please help.
Admediatracker.com is a third party advertising platform associated with browser hijacker, Adware or potentially unwanted program (PUP) which can be well recognized because it comes into being with a huge amount of ads on the PCs. Once installed, it can destroy all the protections of your PC and then generate many problems to interrupt online activities. Unwanted redirection to Admediatracker.com is always caused by an ad-supported adware program, which is usually downloaded bundled with free software (such as video recording, download-managers or PDF creators) or from attachments in spam emails. The application is used to help advertisers and their partners make money through hijacking users browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and IE, constantly redirecting them to unwanted sites filled with ads. It usually enters user’s computers through illegal ways and provides no uninstall feature in order to obstruct its removal as much as possible. Even if you are using the most popular antivirus programs like AVG, Norton or others, you still cannot stop the annoying redirection.
The hijacker modifies your browser settings and adds its malicious data into the system registry to make sure it can start its evil activities once the infected machine is on. After invading your system, it could change your homepage and default search engine and keep redirecting you to unwanted pages that display bogus alerts and various ads. It opens Admediatracker.com without your permission and then sends you to other sites in order to cheat you into downloading suspicious software. Moreover, it helps generate tons of banner ads, coupons, banners and in-text ads to disturb you while surfing the web. In consequence, it is almost impossible for you view any website normally with interruption. Your browser performance will be poor and it takes forever to load up any web pages. Besides, the hijacker has the ability to monitor your browsing history and collect your information in order to generate more and more personalized ads. To sum up, Admediatracker.com redirection is something annoying and it is only aimed to promote the installation of additional and questionable content including web browser toolbars, optimization utilities and other products. The removal guide below can help you get rid of it completely and stop the annoying redirection immediately.
If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by adware. For this type of adware, it can keep giving you Admediatracker.com pop-up ads. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Admediatracker.com adware hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this adware completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu 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”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Admediatracker.com hijacker is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
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 related to Admediatracker.com pop up manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Admediatracker.com is not a reliable website and it comes inside your PC totally for making profits. The pop up can appear anytime on your web browser and block you from surfing the web properly. It is associated with browser hijacker, adware and PUP that takes control of your web browser and slows down PC performance by consuming a large part of CPU usage. The website itself may be not malicious , however cyber criminals are using an adware program to display ads from this domain, thus getting pay-per-click revenue. Users should not believe in any of information or ads displayed from this page. Each advertisement will probably link you to various websites containing adware or virus and you will push your system into the further damages. If you are getting redirection to this site frequently, you had better find the adware and uninstall it manually as quickly as possible.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on May 18, 2016 8:32 am