The Traffic Media Virus?
First thing’s first – what is Traffic Media “virus” actually? Well, Traffic Media “virus” is a program/browser add-on of the browser hijacker type. Unlike most other browser extensions that are useful and enhance your browser’s capabilities, browser hijacker programs tend to do exactly the opposite.
Traffic Media “Virus” in Chrome
Instead of providing you with a better browser experience, all that those intrusive programs do is fill your screen with all sorts of annoying adverts. Pop-ups, box messages, banners are all on the list of possible obstructions that you may get from browser hijacker. However, know that, even though this might seem like a major issue, it is not something you should worry about. Many people panic once they start seeing the intrusive ads being displayed in their browser, jumping to the rash conclusion that they’ve caught some kind of a malicious virus. There’s no such thing. If the annoying ads are the main problem with your PC, then you have no reason to worry. As frustrating as browser hijacker-based browser add-ons may be, they are nothing like malicious viruses such as Ransomware or Trojan Horses. That is why intrusive, yet relatively harmless software like browser hijacker programs fall under a different category – that of PUP. This stands for potentially unwanted programs. There are many different types of PUP: trailware, bloatware, unwanted utility tools etc. browser hijacker programs including “Traffic Media” are PUP. Therefore, you probably don’t need to contact a computer specialist to help you deal with the unwanted program, since it is not that much of an issue. In fact, we are pretty sure that, once you’ve read our guide below this article, you’d be able to handle this situation yourself.
Now, an important thing about Trafficmedia that should be said, is that even though it is usually not dangerous, it can still hide some security hazards for your PC. Once again it’s the ads’ fault. You see, sometimes clicking on an ad could redirect your browser to a page that might be illegal or even potentially harmful.
To avoid putting your PC’s security at risk, just don’t click on any of the ads. Also, if you ever get redirected to an unknown and suspicious looking page, close it as quickly as possible without interacting with its contents. Failing to do so could potentially result in getting infected with malware, like ransomware. This should keep your computer safe until you manage to uninstall and remove the intrusive browser hijacker from your PC.
Common methods for browser hijacker distribution
Before we get to the actual guide on how to remove “Traffic Media”, we should first inform you about some of the most common methods for the distribution of such programs. This is important because if you’re not careful in the future, you can end up landing yet another annoying PUP or even a more problematic piece of software.
- One of the most common distribution methods for browser hijacker is spam/fake e-mails. This is actually a very popular way for spreading all sorts of unwanted programs. Therefore, always make sure that you double-check the details of unopened letters before you proceed with reading them. Also, even though this is a no-brainer, we should warn you not to open anything from your spam folder, unless you have a very strong reason to do so.
- File-sharing sites are another commonly used way for distributing browser hijacker. If you often use such sites and download content from them, you might consider getting a reliable anti-browser hijacker/malware tool, because it’s always good to have an extra layer of protection against potentially unwanted (or harmful) programs.
- Probably the most successful and effective method via which “Traffic Media” gets to people’s computers is program-bundling. The browser hijacker is bundled with other third-party software and once you install that software, you also get the unwanted browser add-on. In order to prevent this from happening make sure to always choose the advanced settings when you’re about to install a new program. That way you’d be able to choose what added content will get installed along with the main thing and what will be left out. Simply uncheck everything that looks suspicious or unwanted and you should be ready to go.
Now, for those of you who seek a way to redeem their machine from the intrusive PUP, read our guide on that matter beneath this article and follow the instructions to fix your problem.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||It’s usually only the intrusive ads. Sometimes your browser front page might be changed without your permission as well.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling of the browser hijacker with other programs is by far the most successful method. Other possible ways of “Traffic Media” distribution are spam e-mails and torrents sites.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – “Traffic Media” may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove “Traffic Media” from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove “Traffic Media” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the browser hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove “Traffic Media” from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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