Remove track.adnotebook.com From Your Browser

This page shows how to remove track.adnotebook.com from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Did you just see track.adnotebook.com in the status bar of your web browser and ask yourself where it came from?

Here is a screen dump on track.adnotebook.com from my machine:

track.adnotebook.com in the status bar

I noticed track.adnotebook.com in the status bar and the network log while I was browsing a site that I know does not load or link to any content outside of the site.

The following are some of the statusbar messages you may see in your browser's status bar:

If this description sounds like your experience, you probably have some potentially unwanted program installed on your system that makes the track.adnotebook.com domain appear in your browser. Contacting the owner of the web site you were browsing would be a waste of time. They are not responsible for the track.adnotebook.com status bar messages.

I'll try to help you with the track.adnotebook.com removal in this blog post.

If you have been reading this blog already know this, but if you are new: A little while back I dedicated a few of my lab systems and knowingly installed some potentially unwanted programs on them. I have been following the actions on these computers to see what kinds of ads, if any, that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the potentially unwanted program updates itself, or if it downloads additional software on the systems. I first spotted track.adnotebook.com in Mozilla Firefox's status bar on one of these lab machines.

So, how do you remove track.adnotebook.com from your web browser? On the machine where track.adnotebook.com showed up in the status bar I had a few programs installed, which are often referred to as "potentially unwanted". I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the browser from loading data from track.adnotebook.com.

The bad news with status bar messages such as this one is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program running on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the status bar messages.

So, what can be done to solve the problem? To remove track.adnotebook.com you need to examine your computer for potentially unwanted programs and uninstall them. Here's my suggested removal procedure:

  1. What software do you have installed if you look in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel? Something that you don't remember installing yourself or that was recently installed?

  2. How about your web browser add-ons. Anything in the list that you don't remember installing?

  3. Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your system. Did that stop the connections to track.adnotebook.com?

  4. If that did not help, you can give FreeFixer a try. FreeFixer is built to assist users when manually tracking down potentially unwanted programs. It is a freeware utility that I've been working since 2006 and it scans your machine at lots of locations where unwanted software is known to hook into your computer. If you would like to get additional details about a file in FreeFixer's scan result, you can just click the More Info link for that file and a web page with a VirusTotal report will open up, which can be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example

  5. If nothing seems to solve the track.adnotebook.com problem, you can try to block track.adnotebook.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Did you find any potentially unwanted program on your machine? Did that stop track.adnotebook.com? Please post the name of the potentially unwanted program you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!

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