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Traffic Junky. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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

Traffic Junky is a legitimate advertisement service that might deliver malware to users' machines

Traffic Junky ads
Traffic Junky is a potentially unwanted program that usually gets installed via software bundling

Traffic Junky is an online marketing platform that, according to its creators, “helps advertisers and publishers to achieve their marketing goals.” However, website authors who did try using this service were highly disappointed, as promised traffic did not meet the expectations. Additionally, users mentioned that their websites were plagued with malicious advertisement banners that lead to truly insecure domains. Furthermore, regular internet users complained about intrusive ads by TrafficJunky on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and other browsers. The annoying redirects are typically initiated by adware[1] – a potentially unwanted program that disturbs users' web time by displaying pop-ups, banners, coupons, pop-unders, video and audio ads, etc. Because of such invasive behaviour, users even refer to the unwanted app as “Traffic Junky virus.”

Summary
Name Traffic Junky
Type Adware
Distribution Software bundling, suspicious websites
Browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.
Symptoms Advertisement banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and other intrusive ads disturb browsing activities
Main dangers Malware infection, sensitive data leak
Removal Use our elimination guide below or opt for automatic PUP elimination using security software
Optimization To make sure all the changes made by adware are reverted, use Reimage as a PC repair tool

Potentially unwanted programs often infiltrate users' machines when they are prompted to click questionable links or via software bundling. The latter is most prominent, and users are still unaware of this deceptive marketing technique used by adware developers. To avoid TrafficJunky adware infection, make sure you check the installation process of free software thoroughly.

Traffic Junky ads mostly appear as banners; however, other forms (pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, full-page ads, etc.) may also sometimes show up. If you are not willing to expose your computer to suspicious or even unsafe websites, you should avoid clicking on any of the “Ads by Traffic Junky”.

The main reason for Traffic Junky removal is the possible malware infection. Users reported that the service delivers malicious ads to provided websites, which might infect visitors' PCs with malware. Website developers where appalled by the fact that such activity is propagated and did not want to be associated with delivery systems like that.[2]

Additionally, security experts[3] warn that Traffic Junky adware might be involved in excessive information gathering. The PUP might collect the following data:

  • IP address
  • Geolocation
  • Websites visited
  • Links clicked
  • Bookmarks
  • Cookies, etc.

To gather this info, advertisers typically employ tracking technologies like JavaScript and beacons. Therefore, if you value your privacy, remove Traffic Junky ads from your machine by eliminating adware associated with it. Because potentially unwanted applications might change various browser and system settings, we recommend scanning your computer with Reimage.

Ways to avoid the infiltration of suspicious applications

Since potentially unwanted apps are used only for monetization purposes, it's not surprising that the authors employ suspicious methods to infiltrate computers without being noticed. Adware that is responsible for displaying suspicious advertisements may land on your computer right after installing another freeware. As we already mentioned above, such a distribution method is called software bundling and is a primary delivery method of suspicious programs.

When third-party apps, such as various browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions spread bundled with freeware and shareware, they need user's authorization to be installed. Therefore, if a potentially unwanted program infiltrated your machine, it's clear that you have installed freeware app incorrectly.

Keep in mind that internet is full of bundled software, so you need to be alert at all times. Thus, read some reviews about the app you are planning to install and then make sure that you select Advanced or Custom installation option (instead of Quick or Recommended) and carefully monitor the entire installation process. 

Finally, you have to remove tick marks next to optional installs, such as toolbars, add-ons, system optimization tools, media players, and similar. Software bundling rarely offers useful apps as PUP authors often want to cash-in quick without spending many investments into a proper advertisement. By the way, avoid downloading third-party installers, such as Softonic, InstallRex, Soft32, Cnet and so on because they frequently promote potentially unwanted programs.

You can eliminate Traffic Junky adware either manually or automatically

If you seek to remove Traffic Junky virus, you either run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware software or follow manual removal guide. Beware that manual elimination requires a lot of attention to details and some basic computer knowledge. Additionally, this method will not protect you from PUP infiltration in the future.

For quick Traffic Junky removal, we suggest using anti-virus software. This method is also very easy to execute, and even less computer-savvy individuals can use it. All they have to do is download security application and then follow on-screen instructions to perform a full system scan.

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 Traffic Junky, follow these steps:

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Delete Traffic Junky from Windows systems

To remove Traffic Junky from Windows operating systems, follow these instructions:

  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 Junky and related programs
    Here, look for Traffic Junky 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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Get rid of Traffic Junky 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 Junky 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 Junky 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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Erase Traffic Junky 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 Junky should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Traffic Junky from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

After PUP elimination, refresh Firefox using 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 Traffic Junky 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 Junky removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Traffic Junky 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 Junky 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 Junky removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Traffic Junky 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 Junky 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 Junky removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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