I wrote this article to help you remove Traffic-media.cc. This Traffic-media.cc removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The existence of the Traffic-media.cc website on your browser is a bad sign. It means that your computer has an adware infection. It is a nasty malicious software that will use your browser as an ad-displaying tool.
Adware such as Traffic-media.cc will generate numerous intrusive ads and pop-ups, often in the form of exclusive offers and sales, special deals and coupons, fake update requests, blinking messages, etc. They will appear very attractive to the user. That’s thanks to the adware’s ability to obtain their browsing history, surfing habits, as well as search queries, so as to provide the kind of advertisements that the user is most likely to click on.
The main goal of this task is to create revenue via the pay-per-click or pay-per-view method. What’s important to note here, is that the adverts displayed by the adware might not be secure. More often than not, they redirect users to suspicious and even dangerous websites that seek to harm your computer. In some cases, they even open backdoors for other viruses like Trojan Horses, worms and even ransomware!
Adware is usually distributed by software bundles offered for free, fake update messages, spam emails and attachments, dubious links and ads, etc. We always advise our readers to pay close attention when they are installing software that they got from the internet. The smart thing to do is to opt for a Custom or Advanced type of installation. This way you can view the real content of the said bundle.
Developers often repackage applications and programs and bundle them together with malware that is not properly disclosed. That’s why users are oblivious to the fact that malware has infiltrated their computer system. By following our advice, you will have the power to simply deselect any unwanted software that you deem suspicious or never wanted to download in the first place.
Malicious parasite such as adware must not be underestimated. Sure, it might not be a real ‘virus’, since it only infects the browser of the victim, not the entire computer system, but that doesn’t mean it is harmless. Quite the contrary. Because it will generate a huge amount of adverts, at some point the browser will start struggling to display them all. The victim will start experiencing frequent crashes and freezes, making any kind of work on the browser impossible, since its overall performance will drop abruptly.
The same thing applies to the internet connection too – it will also be slower than usual. Having adware on your PC is bad for your online security and privacy. Cyber criminals can easily get their hands on personal data such as but not limited to passwords, IP addresses, bank account information, Login ID, credit card numbers, etc. and share them with other third-parties for profit.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Traffic-media.cc from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.