TrackAPackage Toolbar by the infamous Mindspark Interactive Network is a browser extension that may or may not assist users with easy tracking of ordered packages from online retailers. The service it claims to provide is connected mainly with easy access to the package tracking information for the user. However, many reports have surfaced and claim that this software might be a browser hijacker or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Application). However, we decided to perform research and discover how this application works.
TrackAPackage – How Does It Work?
Like many other toolbars, TrackAPackage may come in combination with other free programs that the user might have downloaded from the web for his needs or be added as an extension from their website. The main reason for it to be bundled with another software is the location the Setup file it may have been downloaded from. This is due to the possibility that some developers from third party sites providing freeware installations might add it as an extra.
The toolbar is authorized to collect possibly non-personal and personally identifiable information (PII). And when we checked the data distributions it raised some eyebrows because they state that they may share information with third parties and advertisers, including investors for a business analysis purposes. We are not sure what those business analysis purposes are, however just in case, it is recommended to be cautious regarding the information you share when you install Mindspark Interactive Network products on the web.
After that, we decided to add it to Google Chrome to examine the service it provides. At the beginning, we saw that it also states some suspicious permission requests to us.
Here we see that this software may also change the browsing history and could manage the downloads, extensions and themes as well. This is strange, since some of those do not have anything to do at all with the services that they claim to provide.
When we restarted Google Chrome web browser, we have noticed that there was no toolbar under the address bar on Chrome. However, there was a browser extension that was actively present and working. Our researchers also performed the usual scan with special protection software, and it also classified it as an unwanted program:
We tried to look for any signs of what this extension does by checking for content all over Google Chrome that will help us track our packages. Unfortunately, we failed to find any signs of usefulness. We did not see the toolbar that was displayed on the website. However, it might appear on other web browsers.
How To Remove TrackAPackage Extension?
If you detect this toolbar, you should orient towards uninstalling it. You can accomplish this by following the steps, provided for you below. If you are not a professional in cyber security, it is highly recommended to find a specialized software, which detects such threats and ensures you protection from them.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove TrackAPackage from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TrackAPackage from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TrackAPackage from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TrackAPackage from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TrackAPackage from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TrackAPackage from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TrackAPackage from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TrackAPackage from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TrackAPackage
Step 2: Uninstall TrackAPackage and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by TrackAPackage on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by TrackAPackage there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TrackAPackage from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TrackAPackage and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove TrackAPackage via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove TrackAPackage from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase TrackAPackage from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall TrackAPackage from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove TrackAPackage from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the TrackAPackage will be removed.
Eliminate TrackAPackage from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.