I made this page to help you remove Traffic Media “Virus”. The Traffic Media removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Traffic Media is a website which provides information and updates on the road conditions in selected areas. If you are planning a road trip, you would want to know if there are jams, construction sites or severe weather conditions. Traffic Media links to real-time reports on cities, highways, routes and intersections. You will get to know the current state of the region you are about to pass through. Using the platform, you can keep yourself updated about changes in the traffic flow. Traffic Media appears to be a reliable website. This perception changes when the unauthorized activities it conducts become evident. Traffic Media is used by an adware program which can lead to problems with your virtual security.
What are the dangers around Traffic Media?
The Traffic Media website is not harmful on its own. The platform only becomes dangerous when an adware program starts using it for its agenda. The furtive tool will display misleading advertisements on your screen, presented as “Ads by Traffic Media”, “Powered by Traffic Media” or “Brought to you by Traffic Media”. The pop-up windows will contain bargain offers for various consumer goods, like clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, games and many others. The adware tries to lure people in by offering them exclusive deals for quality items.
There is no guarantee that the presented deals are genuine. Clicking on the advertisements can redirect you to corrupted domains, spreading malware. The owners of the adware do not scan the websites they link to for security purposes. Since people do not pay to use the tool’s services, their security is not a prime concern. The official website of Traffic Media, trafficmedia.co, lists a disclaimer of liability. According to the statement, the company behind the domain is not responsible for the users’ security problems. The website is registered to an entity from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands called Name Administration, Inc. An online platform can be relieved of liabilities if it only functions as a mediator for third party content.
The people behind the adware receive payment for forwarding users to sponsored websites. They are paid commissions on the basis of the number of clicks they score. This payment method is called the pay-per-click system. The adware behind Traffic Media is devised to generate a great number of advertisements. This gives the application a better chance at attracting users with appropriate offers. In the long run, though, this activity may become annoying.
A secondary way for the shady program to make proceeds is by collecting and selling users’ private details. The adware behind Traffic Media can access and record personal and financial details from your web browser. This encompasses your browsing history, IP address, e-mail, geographic location, demographic details, user names and passwords. The people behind Traffic Media will not notify you of the adware’s actions at any point.
How did I contact the Traffic Media adware?
The official website of Traffic Media does not feature a download link for a program. The domain is not the actual source for the adware. There are a couple of ways to get infected with the clandestine software. The adware prefers to travel with other programs inside a bundle. You should be careful with the tools you acquire. Hackers often use freeware and shareware to transfer their malicious programs. To stay protected, we advise you to read the terms and conditions while conducting the installation.
The other way for the Traffic Media to penetrate your system is with the help of a spam e-mail. The program can be hidden behind an attachment from a bogus message. The e-mail can be about a receipt, a bill, an award, a fine or something else you would find important. The sender will instruct you to open the attachment for further input on the matter. Doing so can result in the adware getting installed through a background process. Before trusting an e-mail message, make sure it comes from a reliable sender. Look up his contacts.
Traffic Media Uninstall
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove Traffic Media from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Traffic Media? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.