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Nametraff.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Redirects via Nametraff.com server can lead to insecure websites

Nametraff.com virus

Nametraff.com is a platform used for various online marketing campaigns.[1] It is implemented in the form of a pop-up window covered with predetermined promotional content. Be it a page from a less-popular online shopping website or a third-party download site – Nametraff.com redirects are not safe. Redirects to unusual websites via this domain usually denote to a PC's infection.

Usually, adware programs that are capable of installing onto PCs as additional components of a freeware trigger Nametraff.com redirects. Once it's fully installed, it drops an unwanted extension to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer or another browser, which subsequently starts causing redirects to Nametraff.com domain.

How does it work? When people enter an URL address of the preferred web domain, it is immediately changed to Nametraff.com, and the website remains empty (white background), except that the following messages can be seen in the top-left corner of the screen:

“Waiting for Nametraff.com”
“Transferring data from Nametraff.com.”
“Looking up Nametraff.com”
“Read Nametraff.com”
“Connected to Nametraff.com”
“Loading Nametraff.com”
“Redirecting to Nametraff.com,” etc.

Apart from being irritating, Nametraff.com virus poses a risk to PC' security. The developers of this marketing platform get profit from third-parties for promoting their products. However, no one knows if associated parties and their products are reliable. Many cases from earlier practice revealed that domains similar to Nametraff.com URL could lead to unsafe websites promoting potentially unwanted programs (PUP) or even guide to fake online shops.[2] 

Another reason why cybersecurity experts from Dieviren.de[3] recommend Nametraff.com removal is data protection. PUPs tend to install tracking cookies and accumulate information related to people's browsing habits. Search queries, pages viewed, email address, clicks, and similar information can further be used for implementation of other shady marketing campaigns.

Luckily, it's not difficult to remove Nametraff.com from Chrome. The related adware type program should be disclosed in Control Panel or Programs & Features applet. Nevertheless, it often happens that adware programs misled people by inadequate names. Therefore, we recommend you to remove Nametraff.com virus using Reimage, which is a powerful anti-malware utility.

PUP distribution strategies remain the same

For the last decade, PUP distribution did not alter much. PUPs, such as adware or browser hijacker, keep spreading along with free programs. Such distribution is known as “bundling.”[4] 

Although people are warned about this distribution strategy massively, they keep installing various “freeware” and “shareware” recklessly – hit “Enter” on each installation setup window and don't bother about reading the terms. As a consequence, they miss lines that say something like “By clicking Next I agree to install XXX.”

To prevent this from happening, we can only advise you to follow the installation process attentively. Double-check if you unmarked all pre-selected check boxes and just then finish up with the installation.

Nametraff.com removal instructions

Adware type programs are not malicious infections, but many people reported about Nametraff.com disable problems. Some of them did not find the uninstaller, while the others experienced redirects to http://Nametraff.com/ after the removal of all suspicious apps.

Hackers may invent various obstacles to prevent the easy removal of their products. Therefore, our recommendation is to remova Nametraff.com and other PUPs automatically, i.e., with the help of Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or other professional malware removal programs.

NOTE: Nametraff.com removal won't succeed if you remove the adware solely. You have to remove all related programs (their install date should coincide) and then reset each of your web browsers.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Nametraff.com, follow these steps:

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Delete Nametraff.com from Windows systems

You can uninstall Nametraff.com redirect virus from Windows in a usual way, i.e. it's uninstall should be visible in Control Panel. To check and remove it, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Nametraff.com and related programs
    Here, look for Nametraff.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Remove Nametraff.com from Mac OS X system

If you are using Mac OS X, check the library and drag all suspicious programs to Trash:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Nametraff.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Eliminate Nametraff.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Nametraff.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Nametraff.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Nametraff.com from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Nametraff.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Nametraff.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can disable Nametraff.com extension from Mozill firefox with the help of this guide:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Nametraff.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Nametraff.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Nametraff.com from Google Chrome

Chrome browser is a target of Nametraff.com virus. Luckily, it's not difficult to reset it's settings to default:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Nametraff.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Nametraff.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Nametraff.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Nametraff.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Nametraff.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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