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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 Reimage 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 adware
TrafficFactory.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 Reimage 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 website
Traffic 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 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 Factory ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Traffic Factory from Windows systems

  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 Factory and related programs
    Here, look for Traffic Factory 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'

Uninstall Traffic Factory from Mac OS X system

  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 Factory 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'

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

Erase Traffic Factory 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 Factory should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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.

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

Get rid of Traffic Factory from Google Chrome

  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 Factory 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 Factory removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Traffic Factory 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 Factory 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 Factory removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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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