Remove j.adlooxtracking.com From Your Browser

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

Did you just interrupt your work because you noticed j.adlooxtracking.com in your browser's status bar? You are not alone. I also got the j.adlooxtracking.com statusbar message while browsing. Please read on...

Here is how the j.adlooxtracking.com status bar message looked like on my computer:

j.adlooxtracking.com in the status bar

I noticed j.adlooxtracking.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.

Here are some of the statusbar messages you may see in your browser's statusbar:

If this sounds like what you are seeing on your system, you probably have some potentially unwanted program installed on your machine that makes the j.adlooxtracking.com domain appear in your web browser. Contacting the owner for the site you were at would be a waste of time. The j.adlooxtracking.com statusbar messages are not coming from them.

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

If you have been following this blog already know this, but if you are new: A little while back I dedicated a few of my lab machines and knowingly installed a few potentially unwanted programs on them. Since then I've been monitoring the behaviour on these computers to see what kinds of advertisements, 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 and installs additional software on the systems. I first noticed j.adlooxtracking.com in Mozilla Firefox's statusbar on one of these lab computers.

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

The issue with status bar messages like this one is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program that's installed on my system. 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 j.adlooxtracking.com you need to review your machine for potentially unwanted programs and uninstall them. Here's my suggested removal procedure:

The first thing I would do to remove j.adlooxtracking.com is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can find this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:

Uninstall a program search

Click on the "(Uninstall a program) link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:

Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something shady listed there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if something was installed about the same time as you started seeing the j.adlooxtracking.com status bar messages.

Then you can examine your browser add-ons. Potentially unwanted programs often turn up under the add-ons menu in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Something that you don't remember installing?

Firefox add-ons manager

Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your computer. Did that stop the connections to j.adlooxtracking.com?

I think you will be able to identify and uninstall the potentially unwanted program with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the potentially unwanted program. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop about 8 years ago. It's a tool built to manually find and remove unwanted software. When you've identified 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 crippled like many other removal tools out there. It won't require you to pay for the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.

And if you're having a mess determining if a file is legit or potentially unwanted in the FreeFixer scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your browser with a page which contains additional details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:

FreeFixer More Info link example

If no matter what you do seems to stop j.adlooxtracking.com, you could try to block j.adlooxtracking.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Did this blog post help you to remove j.adlooxtracking.com? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!

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