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How to Remove SquareTrace Ads and SquareTrace Deals? (Adware Removal Guide)


Bothered and annoyed by excessive ads and deals brought by SquareTrace while browsing the webpage? Wondering why you are seeing those “SquareTrace” labeled pop-ups? Want to get rid of those ads once for all? Then you are right here.



What Is SquareTrace?



Similar to AlleyBrowseiSaver, and BetterSurf adware, SquareTrace is an advertising supported browse extension app. It is classified as adware and PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry, so antivirus and antimalware applications will not kill it while detect its existence.

SquareTrace adware

In order to keep being free and to boost advertising revenue, it cooperates with ad providers and severs ads for them. Once installed, SquareTrace will display inline text advertisements and/or transitional ads within Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

In most cases, SquareTrace is installed as a special offer or pre-checked item without proper notice when you download or install other free downloads. You may also get SquareTrace installed with an unwitting click on malicious websites or compromised websites. Cybercriminals also distribute the bothering app via links and attachments containing in spam emails.

In essence, SquareTrace is a browser extension or plugin that is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. To remove it, you need first uninstall the main program, and then remove its extensions from your installed web browser and leftovers of the program. Below we offer detailed removal instructions on how to do it specifically for your reference.



How to Remove SquareTrace?



Outline of the removal guide:

Option 1 > Remove SquareTrace and stop SquareTrace ads with Cloud System Booster

Option 2 > Remove SquareTrace and stop SquareTrace ads manually

     Step 1 Uninstall SquareTrace and related malicious programs

     Step 2 Remove SquareTrace extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome



Option 1 > Remove SquareTrace and stop SquareTrace ads with Cloud System Booster


To remove SquareTrace and stop SquareTrace ads automatically, you only need to download and install Cloud System Booster, a system cleaner and optimizer. It will be easy and time-saving, especially when you have multiple web browser installed.


Cloud System Booster free download link:


1. Uninstall SquareTrace with Anvi Uninstaller


Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.


Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list → locate SquareTrace and any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove

Anvi Uninstaller


Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link:


2. Remove SquareTrace browser extension and plugins


Slim Toolbar featured in Cloud System Booster enables you to manage toolbars and extentions on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome simultaneously.


Click on the up arrow on the Home tab of Cloud System Booster to go to Slim Toolbar, then remove all the suspicious extensions and plugins.

Cloud System Booster 3.2-Slim Toolbar 1


When you are not on the Home tab, you can find Toolbar Manager on the right side.

Cloud System Booster 3.2-toolbar manager

malicious extensions removal


3. Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries


Go to Disk Cleaner and check the items you want Cloud System Booster to clear.

Clear cookies


Switch to Home tab → click Quick Care button → click Clear button after scan finished

Cloud System Booster 3.2-Clear


That’s it!



Option 2 > Remove SquareTrace and stop SquareTrace ads manually


Step 1 Uninstall SquareTrace and related malicious programs


As mentioned above, SquareTrace often infects computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should uninstall SquareTrace and any suspicious and unexpected programs that installed recently.


For Windows 8 Users:

Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner > Programs and Features

win8-Programs and Features

Uninstall SquareTrace and other unknown or unexpected programs.


For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall SquareTrace and any suspicious third-party application


For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove SquareTrace and any suspicious third-party application



Step 2 Remove SquareTrace extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome


If you are still encountering SquareTrace ads after removing SquareTrace and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check your browser and remove SquareTrace leftovers on your web browser.


For Internet Explorer Users:

To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on SquareTrace and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

IE manage add-on


For Mozilla Firefox Users:

To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove suspicious extensions (SquareTrace)


Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins


For Google Chrome Users:

To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate SquareTrace and any unwanted or unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it



Please note that although SquareTrace and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.


Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of SquareTrace. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.



How to Prevent Being Infected by Malware?


As mentioned above, computer infections like SquareTrace sneak into your computer though being bundled with other free downloads, malicious or compromised websites and spam emails, so to make your computer more resistant to harm, you should be attentive on following tips.

-Make sure that the Windows Firewall is enabled.

-Keep your Windows system and installed programs up-to-date and patched timely.

-Keep an eye on what you are agreeing to install when install a program especially free software from the Internet.

-Never open unsolicited email attachments or click through links from unknown sources and use caution even if they are from a “trusted” source.

-Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.

Apart from above, security software is an absolute must. Run system scan regularly and keep your security software on to protect you from virus and malware. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link:

Launch Anvi Smart Defender → click on the gear icon → check the Scan rootkits item → click on the Apply and OK button to complete the setting



Go to Scan tap → perform a Quick or Full Scan to detect malicious files → after the scan completes, click on the Remove button

Anvi Smart Defender-scan result

Besides, the real-time offers you additional protection when you work on your computer or surf the web.