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Hanstrackr. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Hanstrackr is a cryptominer that appears in Chrome browser after the installation of “Flash Video Downloader”

Hanstrackr
Hanstrackr is the program you need to remove from the machine as soon as you notice unwanted activities.

Hanstrackr — a cryptocurrency miner that can be associated with different browser extensions and detected by Avast, AVG, and some other antivirus programs as BV:Miner-T[TrJ][1] and t.hanstrackr.com/track.minjs. When infected, the virus tries to redirect Google Chrome browser to a rogue site t.hanstrackr.com which offers tracking, managing, and optimization for advertising. It is still not clear whether the domain is hacked or intentionally injected with malware, but, in addition, it launches the Hanstrackr process consuming up to 90% of their CPU.[2] This malware is closely related to plugins like Flash Video Downloader or AdBlocker Pro that can cause initial infiltration of the program. 

Name Hanstrackr
Type Bitcoin miner/adware
Can also be known as Hanstrackr.com malware
Symptoms Runs in the background, uses computer's resources to mine cryptocurrency
Can be detected as BV:Miner-T[TrJ]; t.hanstrackr.com/track.minjs; t.hanstrackr.com/track.min.js;JS/CoinMiner.D
Distribution Infected plugins, deceptive ads, questionable websites
Elimination Use Reimage for general system cleaning

There are two elements related to Hanstrackr malware:

  • adware
  • crypto miner

The first one is adware – a potentially unwanted program that enters PC without user's consent and displays pop-ups, pop-unders, auto-play video and audio ads, etc. This activity substantially reduces the experience of web browsing and sometimes might even prevent users from viewing the content of a legitimate site. However, the main complaint related to about Hanstrackr is a high usage of computer resources which indicates background processes used for mining cryptocurrency.

Users mostly complain about Hanstrackr flash video downloader issue because many of them noticed this adware-based intruder after the new installation of the video downloader. People also said that removing this Flash Video Downloader from their device and installing it again helps and their anti-virus programs stop displaying alerts about the possible threat.

You can try to disable Hanstrackr running in Chrome, but there is a possibility that it will reappear after rebooting the system. In this case, you should double check your system for potentially unwanted programs and terminate their activity by using anti-malware tools. Having program like this on the system helps avoid cyber infections in the future. 

Additionally, adware tends to multiply quickly, and users eventually end up with compromised browsers if the activity is not stopped on time. Therefore, Hanstrackr removal is required to stop this activity entirely. Follow the instructions below; we explain how to eliminate all the suspicious components from the computer on then reset Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, MS Edge, and Safari.

After the elimination of Hanstrackr virus is complete, researchers[3] suggests scanning your machine using Reimage to fix the damage done by the unwanted program. This full system scan significantly improves the speed of your browser and overall performance of the computer.

Hanstrackr
Hanstrackr is a virus that might come to your system via insecure downloads from the internet. Flash Video Downloader is one of the reported freeware programs that can be associated with Hanstrackr.

Cryptocurrency mining misuses PC's resources and slows it down

Hanstrackr crypto mining procedure is considered the main way how this virus acts. Alternatively known as cryptojacking,[4], this element is attached to legitimate extensions start causing major disturbances by misusing device's CPU which skyrockets out of nowhere.

Initially, crypto mining is used by some website developers as an alternative to the advertisement, which can benefit the end user as well. However, website author should warn every visitor that such activity is taking place; otherwise, it becomes illegal. Many cybercriminals try to benefit from crypto-mining code, hijacking websites, and extensions, as is the case with Hanstrackr.

To remove Hanstrackr activity, users need to find out which extension is associated with the threat. Users need to enter Task Manager of Google Chrome and check which application is causing problems. We explain the full process in the bottom section of the article.

Be cautions online and avoid adware infiltration

Adware, just as many other potentially unwanted programs, enter machines with the help of software bundling. Freeware and shareware developers have used this deceptive distribution technique to profit from it. Pay-per-install is a common scheme that is often associated with software bundling.

Even if you have not heard of it, dealing this improper technique is not that hard. The first mistake users make while installing new applications is rushing the installation process, without looking at what they are agreeing to and skipping steps along the way. The trick here is to be attentive and never rush the installation, pick Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones and eliminate marks of pre-selected boxes before proceeding to the final step.

Adware can also be distributed with the help of online advertisement when users are promised a powerful functionality of a program that is allegedly useful. Meanwhile, after the installation, users notice weird redirects and increased amount of ads on their browsers. Therefore, never download and install suspicious applications from third-party sites but instead opt for official sources.

Terminate Hanstrackr and get rid of any suspicious browser extensions

To remove Hanstrackr, users should either perform a full system scan with using security software or follow our detailed guidelines below. The first method is recommended for those who are not that computer-savvy or prefer a quick solution to PUP termination.

Those who want to perform manual Hanstrackr removal by using our guide should make sure that they follow each step carefully. Otherwise, the components of adware might still be left out and continue to disturb users. After elimination from the operating system, users can then reset each of the installed browsers.

While it is not malware (it is not injected into the computer, neither does it modify any important system settings), but rather a script, there is no Hanstrackr removal tool. You need to find which browser extension is associated with the threat and eliminate it. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome and right-click on the top bad of the browser (above tabs)
  2. Select Task Manager
  3. Then, click on the CPU column to sort it by the CPU usage
  4. Check which extension is using an excessive amount of CPU
  5. Double-click on it, and you will be taken to the extension page
  6. Remove or disable it to stop the process of cryptojacking

Some users also mentioned that completely resetting the browser helps to stop Hanstrackr mining activities.

 

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To remove Hanstrackr, follow these steps:

WindowsGoogle Chrome

Remove Hanstrackr from Windows systems

To perform Hanstrackr removal, delete Flash Video Downloader, AdBlocker Pro, and similar suspicious entries:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Hanstrackr and related programs
    Here, look for Hanstrackr or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
WindowsGoogle Chrome

Uninstall Hanstrackr from Google Chrome

Reset Chrome to disable the Hanstrackr running in Chrome:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Hanstrackr and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Hanstrackr removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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