PackageTracking Toolbar

What is PackageTracking Toolbar?

PackageTracking Toolbar promises to help you track packages and provide you with printable coupons. Whether you order packages using FedEX, UPS, or USPS, this toolbar claims that it can help you track all your packages, and many users are attracted by this promise. Although this tool might seem useful, in reality, it only provides links to websites that you might be able to use for postage tracking. Trusting programs that are capable of routing to potentially unfamiliar third-party sites is always dangerous, and this is one of the many things that you need to think about. You also need to think about third-party software, tracking cookies, unfamiliar search tools, and silent activity. Yes, if you install this toolbar, you will be exposed to all that, and this is why it is a good idea to remove PackageTracking Toolbar from your operating system. Although this toolbar is identical to hundreds of other toolbars created by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., you should refer to articles that correspond to every single one of them individually.testtesttest

How are Mindspark toolbars distributed?

Every single one of Mindspark toolbars has websites representing them. We have found that most of them – if not all – are hosted on the 74.113.237.180 IP (registered by Markmonitor Inc.). Other websites that are hosted on this IP include allin1convert.com/index.jhtml (Allin1Convert Toolbar), utilitychest.com/index.jhtml (Utility Chest Toolbar), and productivityboss.com/index.jhtml (ProductivityBoss Toolbar). The website representing PackageTracking Toolbar is packagetracking.net/index.jhtml; however, not all users use it when installing the toolbar. It was found by Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers that third-party installers can be used for the distribution of this suspicious toolbar. Although it is spread across the world (United States – 81.2%, Canada –9.5%, and United Kingdom – 7.3%), you might be introduced to this toolbar when downloading seemingly unrelated programs regardless of where you live. While it is not difficult to identify this toolbar, the programs installed along with it could be much more secretive, clandestine. Do not waste your time trying to identify every single active threat manually, and employ a trusted malware scanner. It is very difficult to find malware, especially if you are inexperienced; however, a tool that was designed for the task will not fail you.

How does PackageTracking Toolbar work?

This toolbar can install third-party search tools (MyWay and Ask). These tools are automatically installed unless you decline them, and you are provided with the option. If you install them by accident, there is no doubt that you will identify them as browser hijackers. Although we do not rush to call these tools malicious, it was found that they can modify your search results. This is one of the ways for PackageTracking Toolbar to expose you to sponsored links. As you probably know, if you click on these links, the developer of the toolbar will earn a commission, and we have seen that, in some cases, this is used to scam users. If you want to avoid the possibility of this happening, you need to eliminate the toolbar and the search tools associated with it right away. Besides implementing new search tools, the suspicious toolbar also installs tracking cookies. The cookies are meant to record certain information about you. The toolbar itself is introduced on every single browser in a different way. In IE, it is represented using dhbar.dll, PackageTracking, Toolbar BHO, and Search Assistant BHO components. If you installed it onto Firefox, you will find a version number attached (e.g., 7.38.8.46567), and on Chrome this toolbar has a unique ID number, which is laonpledcmjnnjbgomfileaenjnjpkcn.

How to remove PackageTracking Toolbar

Have you ever deleted entries using the Registry Editor? If you have not, you will have trouble eliminating this Mindspark toolbar. Although this toolbar might appear to have been removed once you uninstall it (for Internet Explorer) or get rid of the extensions (Firefox and Chrome), quite a few components will be left behind. You can try to erase them using the guide below; however, we recommend using automated malware detection and removal software instead. Considering that other threats are likely to be present on your operating system, the employment of reliable anti-malware is the smartest move. If you act against our advice, do not forget to eliminate every single component associated with this strange toolbar. Afterward, eliminate the remaining threats which you can detect using a malware scanner. Finally, do whatever it takes to protect your operating system against malicious infections in the future.

Removal Instructions

Windows XP

  1. Move to the Taskbar and click Start.
  2. Open Control Panel and navigate to Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select and Remove the undesirable program.

Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. Move to the Taskbar and click the Windows logo.
  2. Open Control Panel menu and navigate to Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the undesirable program and click Uninstall.

Windows 10 or Windows 8

  1. Tap Win+R keys to launch RUN and enter Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the undesirable program and click Uninstall.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager menu move to Extensions.
  3. Remove the undesirable extension.
  4. Simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  5. Select Options and navigate to the General menu.
  6. Overwrite the Home Page URL.
  7. Navigate to the Search menu.
  8. Remove the undesirable search provider and restart Firefox.

Google Chrome

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  2. Navigate to More tools and select Extensions.
  3. Click the trash bin button and select Remove.
  4. In the menu on your left click Settings.
  5. Go to On Startup, select Open a specific page or set of pages, and click Set pages.
  6. Overwrite the undesirable URL and click OK.
  7. Go to Appearance, select Show Home button, and click Change.
  8. Overwrite the undesirable URL and click OK.
  9. Go to Search, click Manage search engines, and apply the desired provider.
  10. Click X to erase the unwanted provider, click Done, and restart Chrome.

Internet Explorer

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Click Manage Add-ons and navigate to Search Providers.
  3. Add/set the wanted search provider.
  4. Remove the undesirable search provider and click Close.
  5. Tap Alt+T one more time and click Internet options.
  6. Click the General tab, overwrite the Home Page URL, and click OK.
  7. Restart your browser.

Delete these leftovers

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+E to launch Explorer.
  2. Enter C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage into the address bar.
  3. Erase these files:http_packagetracking.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal.
    http_packagetracking.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage.
    http_packagetracking.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage.
    http_packagetracking.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage-journal.
  4. Enter C:\Program Files (x86)/C:\Program Files into the address bar.
  5. Erase this content:
    • dhUninstall PackageTracking.dll
    • dhres.dll
    • PackageTracking_dh folder
  6. Simultaneously tap Win+R to launch RUN.
  7. Type regedit.exe and click OK to launch the Registry Editor.
  8. Erase these keys:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PackageTracking_dh
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PackageTracking_dh
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\PackageTracking_dh
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\packagetracking.dl.tb.ask.com
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{79e5f137-ae72-4090-ae49-4516954fe3a4}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{79e5f137-ae72-4090-ae49-4516954fe3a4}
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