This article aims to help users remove Trafficbauss Malware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Trafficbauss Malware is a potentially unwanted program that has a functionality suspiciously familiar to that of a family of viruses called Adware. These things will create many advertisements (Ads) and they will keep flooding your browser with them. The Ads can advertise all kinds of goods, but it’s likely they will show you Ads on things for which you have searched in the past. Trafficbauss Malware can apparently scan your browser’s history and past search queries and of course this behavior is super suspicious.
How was I infected?
It is unfortunate, but the most likely scenario is that you installed Trafficbauss Malware on your own. It was probably masquerading as some different file or program and you have no idea at the time.
Viruses like Trafficbauss Malware are almost exclusively installed via executable files (files ending with .exe). The thing about this files is that there is absolutely no correlation between the file name and what it will actually do when you run it. So basically when you run an .exe file you are putting your trust in whoever made that executable file. This is why torrent sites and random download&storage sites you can find in the web are unsafe. Files uploaded on those are anonymous and also lack any quality control or safety verification. Every such executable file is a potential virus carrier.
Apart from that Trafficbauss Malware may also create all kinds of fake messages about non-existing issues with your PC. Stuff like missing plug-ins, required codecs or video players, maybe even errors with the registry or virus infestations. You are afterwards offered to download a program that can fix those problems – in fact you’ll be receiving an executable file loaded with viruses.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Trafficbauss Malware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Trafficbauss Malware from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Trafficbauss Malware
Now we begin the removal process itself, but there is one important bit of information you should know beforehand. The people who write viruses also try to make them active as long as possible. This means they tweak their viruses all the time adding back-ups, fail-safes and all other kinds of tricks. Ultimately this means that more operations have to be performed before the virus will be deleted permanently.
Trafficbauss Malware is no different. Newer versions of Trafficbauss Malware require more steps to clean then older ones. The article as written can deal with even the newest versions of Trafficbauss Malware, but this also means that some steps are redundant for people with an older version of Trafficbauss Malware on their computer.
Carefully review each step – if you don’t see anything like what we are describing, move on with the next one and don’t worry. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
When Trafficbauss Malware made contact with your computer it infected ALL of your internet browsers. Now we have to clean it out. Run steps 2&3 for EVERY browser installed on your machine. This also encompasses older browsers that you may no longer be actively using, but they still remain on your PC.
Be on your guard too – Trafficbauss Malware might create some confirmation message that also promises free downloads, lottery or other kinds of baits. The ultimate goal for it is to infect you with another copy of itself with similar functionality, but a different name. Deny any installations offers as prompted by Trafficbauss Malware.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Trafficbauss Malware . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Trafficbauss Malware should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Trafficbauss Malware and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Trafficbauss Malware remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other viruses that can only be found through an automated scan from good anti-malware software.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so it’s always best to be careful and use all options.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.