Does this sound familiar? You see pop-up ads from itrack.click while browsing on websites that in general don’t advertise in pop-up windows. The pop-ups manage to get round the built-in pop-up blockers in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Perhaps the itrack.click pop-ups appear when clicking search results from Google? Or does the pop-ups appear even when you’re not browsing?
Here’s how the itrack.click pop-up looked like when I got it on my machine:
(I’m sorry for the many watermarks. If I don’t add them, the screenshot always show up at some copy-cat blogs.)
If this sounds like what you are seeing on your machine, you probably have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the itrack.click ads. There’s no use contacting the owners of the web site you currently were browsing. The ads are not coming from them. I’ll try help you to remove the itrack.click pop-ups in this blog post.
If you have been reading this blog already know this, but if you are new: Recently I dedicated some of my lab computers and deliberately installed some adware programs on them. I have been monitoring the behaviour on these computers to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself automatically, or if it installs additional unwanted software on the computers. I first spotted the itrack.click pop-up on one of these lab machines.
itrack.click resolves to 188.8.131.52. itrack.click was registered on 2015-12-28.
So, how do you remove the itrack.click pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the itrack.click ads I had gosearch.me, Windows Menager, Live Malware Protection and SmartComp Safe Network installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the itrack.click pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.
The issue with this type of pop-up is that it can be launched by many variants of adware. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
Anyway, here’s my suggestion for the itrack.click ads removal:
The first thing I would do to remove the itrack.click pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the “Uninstall programs” dialog. You can reach this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows Operating System you can just type in “uninstall” in the Control Panel’s search field to find that dialog:
Click on the “Uninstall a program” link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Do you see something strange-looking in there or something that you don’t remember installing? Tip: Sort on the “Installed On” column to see if some program was installed approximately about the same time as you started seeing the itrack.click pop-ups.
Then you can examine you browser add-ons. Adware often appear under the add-ons dialog in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Anything that you don’t remember installing?
I think you will be able to identify and remove the adware with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I’ve developed since 2006. Freefixer is a tool designed to manually track down and uninstall unwanted software. When you’ve found the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.
FreeFixer’s removal feature is not locked down like many other removal tools out there. It won’t require you to pay a fee just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you’re having difficulties determining if a file is clean or adware in the FreeFixer scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up a web page which contains more details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be quite useful:
Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the itrack.click ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.