Trafficvalidation.tools “Malware” Removal (July 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Trafficvalidation.tools “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In most cases, when you get a new extension for your browser, whether that browser is Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge or some other, the extension would provide your browsing program with some new feature or will improve its functionality or security in some way. However, not all extension-like apps out there are like that and there are actually quite a few pieces of software that might actually make your browser worse. One such category of apps that tend to get added to the user’s browser upon installation and that typically decrease the quality of one’s online experience in a number of ways are the so-called browser hijackers. Those apps typically try to change the starting page, the new-tab page and/or the default search engine of the browsing program they have been added to as well as trigger random page redirects to different (typically obscure and unknown) web locations that the user most likely didn’t want to visit. Generation of pesky advertising materials such as random pop-ups, obnoxious flashy banners and even misleading prompts for downloading some obscure programs are also likely if you have a hijacker on your computer. Naturally, all of this could really get on your nerves and make you want to immediately remove the intrusive software piece responsible for this annoyance. Here, it is important to mention that uninstalling and fully eradicating the unwanted app is typically the only reliable method of ceasing the unpleasant activities that it normally conducts. The problem with removing a hijacker, however, is the fact that most such apps won’t go away if you simply use their uninstallation .exe file. Furthermore, most of them probably don’t even have such a file and some don’t even have an uninstallation entry in your Control Panel’s Uninstall a program list. So, what could one do in such a case if they want to get rid of a browser hijacker? Well, if you stay with us and visit the removal guide at the bottom of this write-up, you will find out how you can easily deal with a hijacker app by completing several manual steps or by using the recommended malware removal tool that we have posted on this page. Since one of the latest examples of a browser hijacker app is a software piece that goes under the name of Trafficvalidation.tools “Malware”, we will mostly be focusing on this particular hijacker redirect because a lot of users have been complaining from it lately. Trafficvalidation.tools  “Malware” is just another addition to the family of hijackers and if you currently have it inside your machine and want to eradicate it, be sure to keep on reading and then have a look at the instructions provided in the guide manual below.

Trafficvalidation.tools “Malware” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Trafficvalidation.tools from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Trafficvalidation.tools from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Trafficvalidation.tools from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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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 up 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

Hijackers and the problems they might cause

The first thing we are going to mention here is that, although software apps like Trafficvalidation.tools “Malware” might seem shady and dangerous, they are mostly harmless and are typically not supposed (or able to) damage your system, data or virtual privacy in any way. A hijacker app is nothing like a real malware program the likes of Spyware, Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits, Worms and others. However, most software that belongs to the hijacker family are still regarded as unwanted and the reason for that is not only because they are annoying but also because they might potentially lead to the exposure of your PC to some serious security hazards if you aren’t careful. A lot of online ads out there could actually be linking to unsafe web addresses and it is not impossible that a hijacker might sometimes generate such potentially hazardous advert in your browser. Due to this, it’s always preferable if you abstain from clicking onto anything that might get displayed on your screen by a hijacker that’s on your PC. Also, it is another good reason why you should remove the pesky app from your computer.

Keep away from such apps in future

If you avoid opening spam messages, keep away from sketchy and questionable sites and if you do not interact with any sketchy web adverts and browser offers, you will significantly decrease the chances of bumping into some unwanted app like Trafficvalidation.tools “Malware”. However, one potential method for distribution of hijackers that many users do not factor in is the file bundling where the unwanted piece of software is being distributed alongside some other program as an optional component added to the installer. In order to prevent Trafficvalidation.tools “Malware” or any other hijacker from getting inside your machine through this technique, remember to always check the Advanced/Custom setup menu and opt-out of the installation of any bundled components if they do not seem to be trustworthy or needed on your PC.

SUMMARY:

Name Trafficvalidation.tools
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Mostly, unwanted changes to the browser and irritating page redirects.
Distribution Method Typical distribution methods are the use of spam letters, malvertising and software bundling.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.