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Remove Traffic Exchange ads (Removal Guide) - Sep 2019 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Traffic Exchange is a type of service that delivers multiple intrusive ads to users' browsers

The image of Traffic Exchange ads

Questions about Traffic Exchange ads

Traffic Exchange is a platform used to deliver ads to internet users all over the world and reroute traffic to various websites. However, this service is known to cooperate with such shady ad-supported[1] applications like traffic.io or online.io. Unfortunately, this collaboration is not good news for users, as they will suffer from constant redirects, pop-ups, banners, coupons and other commercial content on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser. Traffic Exchange ads may cover the content of sites that usually do not serve promotions, diminishing web browsing experience significantly. More ever, users might end up poorly monitored sites or even phishing or malware-laden domains that can compromise online safety.

Name Traffic Exchange
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Distribution Software bundling, unsafe websites
Main dangers Malware infections, data leak
Affected browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc.
Elimination Check our instructions below
Optimization Scan your device with Reimage for best results

Traffic Exchange PUP spreads bundled with various free applications that users can download from torrents, P2P networks or other freeware downloads sources. After successful infiltration, Traffic Exchange adware sets up a browser extension and tracking cookies[2] to spy on user’s activity online.

Typically, Traffic Exchange affects each web browser and collects user’s search queries, clicks, and information such as what websites the user has visited, what is the geolocation of the affected computer, and IP address as well. Such information is useful for ad-networks just like Traffic Exchange is. Based on it, this adware generates targeted advertisements that display catchy offers and lure the user to click on them.

Traffic Exchange ads interfere with the peace of user’s mind by appearing in new browser tabs or windows or as banners placed on websites that the user visits. It is important to know that these ads do not originate from these sites and they appear only because of this adware program. It is highly NOT advisable to click on these ads because they can hide links leading to third-party websites that might be dangerous.

Some untrustworthy websites provide corrupted links or malware-laden ads[3] that can harm the computer as soon as the user clicks on them. You should not tolerate these Traffic Exchange redirect issues that might end up with ransomware attack,[4] infiltration of the banking trojan or sensitive data theft.

Although Traffic Exchange ads might not be marked with typical “powered by” or “brought to you by” markings, you can detect what program is sending these intrusive ads to you by running a system scan with reputable anti-spyware software like Reimage. You should run a full system scan with anti-malware as soon as you notice an increased amount of online ads popping up on the screen or your favorite websites.

You can also get rid of annoying ads with the help of the guide that is presented below this article. If you have any questions regarding Traffic Exchange removal, do not hesitate and send them to our support team.

Illustration of Traffic Exchange adware
Traffic Exchange virus might flood the browser with annoying and potentially dangerous ads.

Adware might sneak into the computer with the help of freeware

Adware spreads legitimately and can be installed with user’s authorization only. People who get their machines infected with this ad-supported program typically are shocked to find that our because they have no idea when and how did such program get inside their computer. To prevent Traffic Exchange hijack, and as well stop other PUPs from affecting your computer, pay more attention to the information that software installation wizards provide.

Typically, installation wizards allow the user to choose preferred installation settings, and we highly recommend you to opt for Custom or Advanced option. Either one or another option reveals all additional applications added to the primary program and allows the user to reject them. You are not going to be introduced to extra components if you decide to leave Standard or Default settings on – do not forget it!

Guidelines for Traffic Exchange removal

If you are looking for the manual Traffic Exchange removal guide, you can find it at the end of the article. However, before you go, we want to pay your attention to three main stages of the manual elimination:

  1. Uninstall suspicious programs, files and other components from the system.
  2. Check browser extensions and remove unknown add-ons, extensions or plugins.
  3. Reset each of the browsers installed on your PC.

If the ads come back or you want to speed up virus removal process, you should obtain an anti-malware tool and remove Traffic Exchange with the help of it. Security experts from Hungary[5] remind that having a security program installed helps to minimize the risk of adware attack in the future.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 Traffic Exchange ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall Traffic Exchange from Windows systems

Using the guide provided below, remove everything related to Traffic Exchange and traffic.io or online.io.

  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 Traffic Exchange and related programs
    Here, look for Traffic Exchange 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'

Erase Traffic Exchange from Mac OS X system

Delete questionable applications from your Mac. You should look for everything related to traffic.io, online.io or Traffic Exchange.

  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 Traffic Exchange 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'

Eliminate Traffic Exchange 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 Traffic Exchange 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 Traffic Exchange removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Traffic Exchange ads 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, Traffic Exchange should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Traffic Exchange from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Look up for suspicious Firefox extensions and uninstall them.

  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 Traffic Exchange 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 Traffic Exchange removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Traffic Exchange from Google Chrome

Uninstall suspicious add-ons and reset Google Chrome to get rid of Traffic Exchange ads.

  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 Traffic Exchange 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 Traffic Exchange removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Traffic Exchange 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 Traffic Exchange 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 Traffic Exchange removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. Laria says:
    October 21st, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Reimage removed this for me, because I couldnt find it on the system, although I tried.

  2. Thompson says:
    October 21st, 2016 at 5:43 am

    These ads still drive me insane!

  3. Marxz says:
    October 21st, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Dont trust ads that pop on your screen out of nowhere. Typically such ads are caused by adware, just like Traffic Exchange ads. Such ads can lead you to malicious pages, guys. Beware!

  4. ChristenKay says:
    October 21st, 2016 at 5:45 am

    virus!… dont trust these ads I was trying to access great deal at waterpark that these ads suggested and got redirected to suspicious gambling site.

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