Update July 2019! Tracker Package and Airtostrong.exe are the same. Tracker Package gets in your PC without permission. Remove Tracker Package and everything related.
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in February 2016. But we gave it an update in July 2019.
Tracker Package is a browser hijacker developed by SaferBrowser. To remove this unwanted software from your system, you should carefully read this article till the end.
The hijacker can modify any browser, change user settings, a browser’s homepage, search engine, and new tab. It sets toolbar and may install a browser extension as well. Due to Airtostrong.exe the hijacker has very intrusive advertising and redirects.
|Name||Tracker Package, Airtostrong.exe|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browser has a new search engine that appears legitimate, but it is not. You will see a lot of advertisements.|
|Symptoms|| Airtostrong.exe is installed along with other files of the unwanted software. Settings and your browser’s homepage and new tab will be changed.td>|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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- Email address
- IP address
- Device-specific data (hardware model and operating system)
- Data about crashes, system activity, hardware settings and browser language
- Search queries and all related search data
- Date and time of query request and referral URL
- Your Browser Type
- Source of traffic acquisition
- Your geographic location
- Domain name of your Internet Search Provider (ISP)
Tracker Package – Distribution Methods
Tracker Package can get installed on your computer through third-party install setups. That is because, the hijacker hides in freeware installations and bundled packages and you are unaware of that. Inside those packages, additional components for installation are rarely disclosed, and you could pick up the Tracker Package software. That can be avoided, if you check the Custom or Advanced setting in the setup.
In the above screenshot you can see the main download/distribution page of Tracker Package.
The hijacker might be distributed via an extension as well. Other methods of distribution for the hijacker are via advertisements, pop-ups, and banners or by visiting untrusted websites. Such sites are probably affiliates of the hijacker. Because of the Airtostrong.exe file, any browser can be affected, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Tracker Package – More About It
Tracker Package is a browser hijacker. It is developed by the company SaferBrowser, like many other unwanted programs, such as Search.getmaps(.)co
Once on your computer, the hijacker will make changes to your browsers and their settings. The hijacker will modify the current homepage and will switch it with a custom one. The new tab, and search engine will also be different. Sometimes it sets a browser extension or an add-on. The extension can perform the following actions:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Manage your downloads
- Manage your apps, extensions and themes
Your search queries will go through the Home(.)searchtp(.)com address, which will filter all results. You might see sponsored content among the results, and sometimes they can be misleading. You could be redirected to partner sites of the hijacker from its search engine. Tracker Package presents itself as an application that can track packages you have ordered from well-renowned delivery services.
But upon trying to do that and enter your package ID number, you are prompted to install a related program that you do not want.
AirtoStrong.exe is oftentimes located in the Program Files folder on your system drive (The drive where your operating system is). Other two directories you should check are:
You can see many advertisements displayed on web pages – pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, message boxes and others. The websites, you are redirected to, probably make money per each page visit.
Tracker Package – Data Collection Practices
The information that may be gathered is:
- IP address
- Search queries
- Search data and specifics of searches
- Internet Search Provider name
- URLs and clicks
- Browser (version and type)
- Operating System (and other related data)
Tracker Package – Removal Options
To remove Tracker Package manually from your system, follow the step-by-step removal instructions written down here. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Software like this will also keep your computer safe from future threats. Have in mind that files associated with this PUP may be detected with different names than Tracker Package.
In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.