How to delete Shipment Tracker

What is Shipment Tracker

If you noticed that your browser has changed its default page to search.hshipmenttracker.co, it’s been hijacked by Shipment Tracker. Shipment Tracker is a browser extension which is considered to be a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It monitors users’ search queries, forces them to use its favored search engine, and profits from ads injected into the search results. Antivirus programs consider the Shipment Tracker installer to be adware.

How to delete Shipment Tracker

Distribution

Developed by Eightpoint Technologies, Shipment Tracker is almost not any different from all the other extensions by the same company, like Search.heasyconverter.co, Search.hearthandsatellitemaps.com, or Search.hthereadinghub.com. The extensions have different names, but their new tab pages are the same: a search box and a few links in the top toolbar. This must save Eightpoint a lot of efforts in development and allow them to quickly release and start promoting very many extensions. Some of them will fall flat, others will amass a lot of users and be active for years.

Download Removal Toolto remove Shipment Tracker

Adware distributes browser hijackers like Shipment Tracker. Adware are programs which, once installed, show advertisements. This can be mild, like a bit too many ads or an occasional pop-up. Adware can also be severe, making browser windows and tabs open periodically, and pop-up ads advertise random products — Shipment Tracker being one of those products. Organic searches can lead people to find Shipment Tracker on their own. This is unlikely and rare, but possible. Freeware bundles often include browser hijackers as promoted additions. If you ever notice additional offers in an installation of a program, or software appearing without your knowledge, it might have been hidden in the installer of another program. Like adware, bundling is occasionally used to spread malware.

Effects of Shipment Tracker

First, some settings are edited by Shipment Tracker when it’s installed. It replaces the new tab page with search.hshipmenttracker.co which includes a search box and a couple of links to useful websites. The extension does not look like much, but a lot of antivirus programs are alerted by it, mostly calling it adware. Here is the VirusTotal page for the Internet Explorer installation file. Don’t be surprised that search.hshipmenttracker.co works on IE — in the US (and Shipment Tracker almost entirely affects people from the United States of America), Internet Explorer is still used by 14.8% of Windows 10 users. The Shipment Tracker extension is not really a virus that could steal information, or break files. But it is still harmful. It takes over the browser in order to be able to show ads to its users. The search engine that Shipment Tracker uses is replaced with Yahoo’s engine which allows the developers of Shipment Tracker to make money off the ads shown to you.

For the ads to be effective, Shipment Tracker collects information about the people who are using it. So, location, devices, all the search queries can be shared with advertisers to enable them to more accurately predict which ads would most likely cause you to spend money. To be clear, these ads are the ones that show up in the Yahoo search results. Sometimes there is only one, other times there are ten. They look just like real search results, only the start and end of the list of ads are marked. It’s very easy to miss the ads and get frustrated when you can’t find relevant results.

Download Removal Toolto remove Shipment Tracker

This affects different browsers to a different extent (though Yahoo seems to be one of the worst) — you should try them all and pick your favorite, instead of being forced to use one by Shipment Tracker.

All the ads might be okay if Shipment Tracker was offering good-quality free services, but it does not. All that Shipment Tracker does is put a couple of links to shipment tracking-related websites. If people need links to certain websites, they can pin them to their new page them themselves, or they can save those sites as favorites. If people want to use Yahoo as their search engine, they can set it in their browser settings.

How to remove Shipment Tracker

If the site has asked you to allow notifications, you can block them in the browser settings. Similarly, to remove the extension, you need to access your browser settings. The exception is Internet Explorer, which requires to go to the Control Panel to get rid of the extension. If you don’t remember installing Shipment Tracker, or if it was suggested to you without you searching for it, it’s possible that you already had adware installed before Shipment Tracker. If you’re seeing pop-ups and new tabs opening on their own, it’s almost certain that aggressive adware is infecting your machine. Scan it with powerful antivirus software, like Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool.



Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Shipment Tracker. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Shipment Tracker Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Shipment Tracker or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Shipment Tracker Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Shipment Tracker or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Shipment Tracker Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Shipment Tracker or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Shipment Tracker.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Shipment Tracker Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Shipment Tracker or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Shipment Tracker is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Shipment Tracker program.
  7. Select Shipment Tracker or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Shipment Tracker

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Shipment Tracker

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Shipment Tracker, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Shipment Tracker in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

Download Removal Toolto remove Shipment Tracker
  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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