If your personal computer is suffering from a huge increase of pop-up windows, banners, clickbait prompts as well as other kinds of adverts, it is probably due to the fact that you have had the Travel Extension virus installed on your machine. The term used to describe Travel Extension is Browser Hijacker and it’s associated with a kind of applications that specialize in a questionable form of web marketing.
Since the Hijackers like Travel Extension, Paper Extension, aren’t really illegal viruses, it may not always be clear if a given app belongs to the Browser Hijacker category. A sure way to tell if a program is a Browser Hijacker is to establish whether the functions it provides are worth suffering the adverts it displays. Browser Hijacker applications are undoubtedly what one will deem as unwanted due to the ads regardless of any potential benefits that the app may offer. The ideal strategy when combating Browser Hijackers is to eliminate them from your machine without delay and our guide will help you do that.
The Travel.exe Virus
In most instances, preventing an infection is times easier than needing to get rid of the Travel.exe virus once it’s gotten into your system. Make sure you read this last paragraph carefully because now we will show you the best way to spot the Travel.exe virus for what it actually is.
In reality, the Browser Hijacker programs are not that different from each other – you have a software that wants to display Ads and wants to get on your machine, everything else is just included to ensure the user doesn’t instantly identify it for the unwanted piece of coding it really is. Remember the fact that since Browser Hijacker programs are not harmful or dangerous in nature, they are usually considered legal. It doesn’t matter that they are annoying and frustrating and that most people would rather get rid of them instead of making use of them – in the end, these programs are just money making platforms to earn revenue. Quite often, webpages that specialize as software distributors state their installers are virus free. In most cases, this is indeed the truth, but don’t allow this to bring your guard down by giving you a false sense of security.
Exactly because Browser Hijacker applications are legal, an anti-virus software will usually help you in no way to tell apart a useful program from an Ads infested one. As previously mentioned, a Browser Hijacker is almost always a legal piece of programming, nonetheless, most people would find it frustrating and uninstall it nonetheless.
It is very likely for the user to install an unwanted application like this themselves, especially if they are unaware of what they are dealing with. Nevertheless, often such applications are installed via the help of a setup wizard that is actually the Browser Hijacker bundled with some other piece of software.
A program bundle can install in your system not only the main program but also some added software components, some of which may be hijackers. People who have had Travel Extension installed this way might not even remember how the unpleasant app has gotten in their machine. Therefore, it is much better to acquire a habit of detecting these things before they could actually get inside your PC. By far, the most probable spot to hide the auto-agree option for the hijacker’s installation is the Advanced settings of the setup wizard. On the flip side, anyone going with the Quick setup option will also get the added installs – that includes the Browser Hijacker. Opting for the the Custom setup will enable you to block any undesirable software and prevent it from entering your system.
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Remove Travel Extension Virus
Those who want to get rid of Travel Extension as fast as possible should follow the steps outlined below:
- Open the browser that is hijacked.
- Next, click on the main menu button of your browser and choose Add-ons (or More Tools), based on your browser.
- Search for and open the Extensions tab in the menu.
- Remove any browser extensions that may have been added by Travel Extension.
- If you find any more unwanted extensions or unknown add-ons, remove them as well by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to each browser extension.
Hopefully, after you complete all the steps from above, the browser hijacker will be gone. For more detailed instructions on how to complete each of the steps, please see the removal steps below.
As a start, save this page with the Travel Extension removal instructions as a bookmark. Next, reboot the system in Safe Mode by using the directions on this link. After the system reboots, please proceed to the next step.
The nagging ads and pop-ups that Travel Extension is spamming you with may be removed if you first remove any browser changes that Travel Extension could have imposed without alerting you.
To do that, click on the browser’s shortcut icon and right-click on it to open the shortcut menu.
Then, from the menu that appears, click on Properties.
Next, click the Shortcut tab in the Properties box and check if anything new has been added to Target after .exe. Get rid of whatever you find in there (please see the image).
One of the reasons why it might be difficult to remove a browser hijacker’s components is due to the fact that the locations of these components in each browser’s settings may vary. That’s why, we’ve given step-by-step instructions for three of the most popular browsers below to help you clear up any confusion and ensure a successful removal of Travel Extension. Each browser on your computer should be checked and cleaned for hijacker-related traces, as detailed below:
Open Internet Explorer and go to the top right corner of the window. Then, click the gear icon and select Manage Add-ons as shown below:
Check if Travel Extension has installed its own add-on, then deactivate it. Any other add-on you don’t presently use or can’t remember installing may be deactivated uninstalled in the same way.
After that, click the gear icon again to open Internet Options.
Occasionally, a hijacker may replace the homepage URL with a sponsored URL. If this is the case for you, you can simply change the URL with the URL you want to use as your homepage and click Apply.
Start the Firefox browser, click
You’ll see an Extensions icon on the left; click it to see the installed browser extensions.
If you find any extensions related with the Travel Extension’s activities that you did not install, please deactivate and uninstall them.
If you are using Chrome, and it is launched, close it and then go to the following system location:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data.
Select the “Default” folder, right-click on it and change the folder’s name to Backup Default. Save it and then restart Chrome.
If you keep experiencing redirects while browsing, or if Travel Extension-powered ads keep popping up on your screen out of nowhere, please continue with the guide.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Open the Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC) and choose the Processes Tab (In Windows 10 it is called the “Details” Tab) to see the processes that are running on the system at this moment.
Look for hijacker-related processes with random names. Also, look for processes with higher than normal CPU and RAM usage. Any questionable processes in the list may be viewed by right-clicking them and selecting the option “Open File Location”.
Following this, you’ll want to run a free virus scan with a scanner like the one below to see if there are any suspicious files in the File Location Folder.
End any processes whose files get flagged by the scanner, and then remove the dangerous files from their respective folders. Don’t end processes that are legitimate since doing so might have a negative impact on your operating system and the applications you’ve installed.
You should also remove any newly installed apps that may have been bundled with the hijacker and are now present on your system. To do this, hold down the Windows key while pressing the R key on your keyboard. Then type appwiz.cpl in the Run box and click OK.
Searching for newly installed applications may be done in the Control Panel. It’s best to uninstall any programs that you’ve recently installed if you believe they have a link to the presence of Travel Extension and its activity.
After you are done with that, close the Control Panel and use the Windows Search bar to type “System Configuration“.
Open the result and click on the Startup tab. Then, uncheck any entries related to the browser hijacker and click the “OK” button once you are done.
Use the Windows Key and R key combination to open a Run window and paste the following text in it:
Hit Enter from the keyboard, and a notepad file titled Hosts will appear on the screen. Check if any suspicious-looking IP addresses have been added under the phrase “Localhost” in the file’s content. Please see the image below for further details:
Please leave a comment if you spot any virus-creator IP addresses listed under Localhost. We will reply to you with advice on what to do in case we find a danger.
Open Network Connections by searching for it in the Windows Search bar. After that, carefully follow the instructions below to remove any changes Travel Extension may have made to your DSN settings.
1. Right-click on the Network Adapter that is currently being used. Then, select Properties from the drop-down menu.
2. With the pointer, click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and then select Properties.
3. Select Obtain DNS server address automatically and then click the Advanced option.
4. In the new window, click on the DNS tab, and delete any rogue DNS from the field. Save the changes by clicking the OK button.
Last but not least, to ensure that Travel Extension is gone for good, you need to check the Registry for potentially unwanted files. Keep in mind, though, that the system’s general stability and performance may be y affected by even minor changes to the registry. Therefore, our suggestion is to use a professional removal tool, such as the one that may be found on this page, if you are uncertain about the files that you need to delete.
To open the Registry Editor, enter Regedit in the Windows search bar and hit Enter. Next, inside the Editor, hit Ctrl and F and type the hijacker’s name in the Find box. Search for files and folders with that name, and then remove any relevant items that come up in the search.
If nothing matching the hijacker’s name is found during the search, we suggest that you manually check the following directories for newly added files and folders with random names:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remove any entries that belong to the hijacker, but please don’t make any other changes or deletions without being sure. In case of doubt, feel free to use the recommended professional removal tool or the free online virus scanner in our instructions to remove Travel Extension quickly and safely.