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Remove Traffic Factory ads (Free Instructions) - Aug 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Traffic Factory is a program that creates redirects to other similar sites or shady advertising services

Traffic Factory ads 

Traffic Factory – a potentially unwanted program that comes on the system without users' consent and affects the performance significantly before it displays any symptoms. This software affects web browsers the most because it redirects online traffic to commercial pages, advertising services, and pages often filled with malicious scripts.

Questions about Traffic Factory ads

You may encounter Traffic Factory Ads before anything else changes on the system because this is the biggest indicator that machine is affected by the adware-type intruder. This is not a virus, but PUP can cause more damage than you think at first. The more time this adware gets, the more alterations it can make. All the changes in the system include Windows registry entries, startup programs, and interference with Task Scheduler.

Name Traffic Factory
Type  Adware/ Potentially unwanted program
Website  Trafficfactory.biz
Symptoms  It shows various commercial content, redirects online traffic to shady pages and affects the performance of the infected machine significantly
Distribution  Deceptive pages, promotional material, official provider and freeware installations via software bundling technique
Possible danger Tracks users and their online browsing habits, can lead to privacy issues or even identity theft. This PUP installs other apps behind your back
Elimination You need to thoroughly clean the system to eliminate all the traces of this PUP. Get ReimageIntego and remove Traffic Factory

Traffic Factory comes to the system as any other PUP – bundled with free downloads and applications. However, since this is one of the millions, there is a big possibility that it came with other applications. If not, this adware can install tools and app on your device later on.

If you have Traffic Factory on the machine, you can be sure that all the speed and performance issues are caused by the PUP infection. Also, the following symptoms should indicate this particular ad-supported intruder:

  • changed homepage, new tab preferences on the browser;
  • commonly visited sites not displaying properly;
  • additional in-browser content installed behind your back;
  • redirects expose you to ads that are not originating from the site;
  • pop-ups and banners fill up every website.

Traffic Factory virus comes in the form of commercial pop-ups, banners, and so on. The program is designed for online advertisers. Boosting up the profits is the aspiration of every online business company. Thus, they aim at identifying their potential user and likewise, customize their advertising content in order to raise the overall probability of a purchase.

Traffic Factory adwareTrafficFactory.biz is the website that may look like a normal domain but it has more to it than you think. This is adware-type intruder that infiltrates the machine behind your back.

Now, not only pay-per-click ads[1] and retargeting technique[2] helps track a user. Cookies, pixels, and other tracking tools[3] come in handy for spying on the virtual population. Needless to say, constantly popping up advertisements become a bother for every user that encounter Traffic Factory Ads.

What is more, others might feel uncomfortable after being aware of their browsing habits exposed[4]. These features should encourage you to remove Traffic Factory as soon as those PUP symptoms get noticed. You can use ReimageIntego to accelerate the elimination.

It would be naive to think that even if you commit to becoming an advertiser and subscribe to their services, you will remain anonymous. According to its privacy policy, it collects a different amount of information depending on the services you use. Later on, the information might be employed for delivering personalized Traffic Factory ads for the user.

We collect information about the services that You use and how You use them, like when You complete the advertiser application and when You utilize various features of the Site and/or services. This information includes:

  • Device information. We collect device specific information such as IP address, access dates and times, hardware and software information, device information, device event information, web browser settings, unique identifiers, crash data, cookie data.

  • Geo-location Information. When You use certain features of the Site, We may collect information about Your approximate location as determined through data such as Your IP address.

  • Usage Information. We collect information about Your interactions with the Site such as the advertiser application You made and other actions on the Site.

  • Cookies and Similar Technologies. We use cookies and other similar technologies. For more information on our use of these technologies, see our Cookie Policy.

Similar to other PUP programs, it employs such information for marketing purposes. Subscribers of the Traffic Factory application do not consider the fact that they might become the victims of their own plan. While users are looking for ways to stay anonymous online, by using this application, you might expose too much information, even it is technical.

Traffic Factory PUP

In addition, even if you have extensive knowledge about online marketing and know a handful of tricks to successfully promote your production, you might still fall victim of a cyber attack. Traffic Factory redirect might evolve into a troublesome issue which lands you to an infected domain. If not careful enough, you might suffer from the troublesome effects of malvertising[5].

Thus, even if you see ads promoting this application, it is not recommended to use it if you want to keep the machine virus-free. Lastly, aggressive advertising may only ward off potential customers. Initiate Traffic Factory removal and make sure to pay attention to other applications you use.

Traffic factory is rather a rare phenomenon as users install this program by themselves from the official website. Due to the fact that this application belongs to PUP category, you might notice it as a promoted add-on while installing a free application. Unfortunately, users overlook the add-on which is disguised under “Basic” settings and get the shady app on the machine.

Traffic Factory websiteTraffic Factory services is the reason why you might be crammed with ads yourself.

Potentially unwanted programs promote and spread other programs from the same category

You can pay attention to various processes on the system, but it is not enough sometimes. If you go for an easier step and simpler solution, you can risk the security of your machine. Especially when you choose providers and sources of your programs and software. If you go for a random freeware download page, you can download malicious link or a program instead, and the system becomes infected.

The biggest rule of software installation is choosing an official source, preferably the developer of the application. By doing so, you can be sure that there is nothing shady about the program and installation process itself. Also, when you get suggested to choose the option, go for Advanced or Custom installations and pay attention to the list of included programs. If you find anything suspicious or questionable – remove from the list. This is how you can control all the programs that come on the computer. 

Efficient Traffic Factory virus termination with anti-malware tools

Adware programs can be highly bothersome. However, the good news is that they can be uninstalled quite easily. You have two options for how you want to remove Traffic Factory:

  • The manual removal option;
  • The automatic removal option.

The anti-malware or spyware removal tool can speed and ensure proper Traffic factory removal. Update it in order to enjoy its full features, if you have one on the PC or get a reliable one from the provider. You can also put an end to this hijacker manually. Note that this method takes more time and requires more attention. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to 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 Factory ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Traffic Factory from Windows systems

To remove Traffic Factory ads from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Traffic Factory ads (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Uninstall Traffic Factory from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Traffic Factory ads from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Traffic Factory ads-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Traffic Factory ads, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Traffic Factory ads and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Traffic Factory ads-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Traffic Factory from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Traffic Factory ads and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Traffic Factory ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Traffic Factory ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Traffic Factory ads-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Traffic Factory from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Even if this adware application does not pose any big removal problems, you might want to reset the browser in order to ensure that all cookies and scripts left by Traffic factory are deleted.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Traffic Factory ads and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Traffic Factory ads did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Traffic Factory ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Traffic Factory from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Traffic Factory ads by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Traffic Factory ads-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Traffic Factory ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Traffic Factory from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Traffic Factory ads and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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  1. Lade says:
    January 4th, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I need help, I cannot remove it off my browser! Someone tell me what do I do to uninstall it quickly?

  2. Yeezus says:
    January 4th, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Thnx, this tutorial helped me a lot. Much appreciate it. 🙂 i fixed mine and my moms computers at the same time, both seems to work smoothly now:)

  3. Linda1989 says:
    January 4th, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Traffic Factory makes a mess on your computer, trust me, you should not install it on your system. I fell for the offer to get this app for free- I just wanted to test it out. Now
    Its stuck on my browser!

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