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Get Rid of Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam In Google Analytics

It is the season of referrer spam that affects statistics and annoys website publishers. Security experts have managed to identify that referral spam is in open season during the cold days of the year. Users and publishers both are strongly advised if they come across this suspicious referral site to filter it out and scan their computer for malware in case they visited it.

Name Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam
Type Malicious domain being spammed by Referrer Spams
Short Description The domain may do various dangerous or unhealthy deeds to the PC activities.
Symptoms The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.
Distribution Method Via clicking on any Snip.to links (For example Traffic2cash(.)net/?hrefasdi9/). By being redirected to it via a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) causing pop-ups and redirects on the PC.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss about Traffic2cash(.)net Referrer Spam.

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Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam – What Does It Do?

Traffic2cash referrer spam is also familiar as log spam or referrer bombing and it has been made mainly to drive users to click on the referral links and hence generate hoax traffic to vendor or affiliate websites.

When we analyse Traffic2cash(.)net it was established that it may be an affiliate marketing scheme. This is due to the fact that the website redirects to an online referral advertising site, called adzos.com. It is essentially an advertising network and it has referral programs for website publishers.

adzos-com-network redirect

But do not be fooled by what is being offered. Links connected to traffic2cash.net are reported in the spam messages of many websites both huge and small (for example traffic2cash.net/sjd2d29dsd0q9-23h/) leading to unknown third-party websites. Some third-party sites may conceal different risks for an average visitor of your website if the spam message is successfully seen:

  • Malicious URLs that may be dangerous to PCs.
  • Fake retailer stores that resemble famous online retailers however they may be phishing for user’s personal and financial information.
  • Fake error pop-ups advertising sites that promote software only aiming to scare users into paying money to fix the problem over a phone call with fake tech support representatives.
  • Fake surveys that phish for financial or personal user information.
  • Rogue antivirus software.

These may be only half of the risks for a website’s users. Additionally the referral spam creates headaches for website publishers as well, especially for beginner websites.
Here are some of the dangers referrer spam can cause for website publishers:

  • Website`s analytic data devaluation.
  • Difficult to remove, persistent reappearing for a long time on the website.
  • It may intercept information through the free HTTP exchange.

If the spam is massive from many vendors it may cause the hosting server to crash and the website to be taken down (it is recommended to use external server services with higher capacity such as Amazon Services, for example).

Referrer spam has been classified as being two main types:

1st Type: Spam by crawlers

This particular type of spam ‘crawls’ the web in search for spam opportunities. Usually such lie in the face of different websites that are not entirely developed, not frequently monitored or with low traffic. Since the analytics data on such sites may be low on number such spam may devaluate it very fast.

As for the spam’s aggressiveness it is important to bear in mind that it is dependent on the spammer. Some spammers back away straight after the first report, but there are those who continue to develop their spams to continue flooding blogs and forums.

2nd Type: Ghost Referrer Spam

This particular type of spam causes most headaches to website publishers. It is the preferred choice due to its anonymity and one of its characteristics – it has the ability to remain non-flagged and undetected for a longer periods of time. The secret behind this is that the spamming software uses technology that allows it to post spam messages on a website while it is not even present on the website being spammed.

Experts like Ben Davis at vidget.com claim that spammers may take advantage via the free HTTP connection more particularly exploits in it.
This enables spammers to conduct maximum amount of spam messages for longer periods of time than if they used web crawlers. Some spammers may even be able to use blank HTTP requests in order to focus on specific analytics data and to allow the modification of search results.

Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam – How To Protect Yourself from It?

When it comes to referral spam the protection is basically very similar. You need to ad filters in google analytics and if the spam is persistent, you may also want to check out some of the instructions suggested below to help you block out this nasty spam and save further headaches.
Before starting any spam filtering from Traffic2cash(.)net, please check out this spam blacklist that was posted online. It may help prevent future spammers from conducting their campaigns on your website:

https://github.com/piwik/referrer-spam-blacklist/blob/master/spammers.txt

Here are several methods to block out Traffic2cash(.)net Referrer spam:

Method 1: Google Analytics

You can always try to block all of the domains associated with this website (.info, .net., .com, etc.).

Step 1: Click on the ‘Admin’ tab on your GA web page.
Step 2: Choose which ‘View’ is to be filtered and then click the ‘Filters’ button.
Step 3: Click on ‘New Filter’.
Step 4: Write a name, such as ‘Spam Referrals’.
Step 5: On Filter Type choose Custom Filter –>Exclude Filter –> Field: Campaign Source–> Filter Pattern. Then on the Pattern, enter the domain name – Traffic2cash(.)net
Step 6: Select Views to Apply Filter.
Step 7: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.
You are done! Congratulations!

Also, make sure you check out these several methods to help you further block out this referrer spam from google analytics:

https://sensorstechforum.com/exclude-all-hits-from-known-bots-and-spiders-in-google-analytics/

Method 2: Block it from your server.

In case you have a server that is Apache HTTP Server, you may want to try the following commands to block Traffic2cash(.)net domains in the .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Traffic2cash \.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Traffic2cash.\.ru/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Traffic2cash \.org/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Traffic2cash \.info/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Traffic2cash \.co/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Traffic2cash \.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* Traffic2cash \-for\-website\.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* adzos \.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* adzos.\.ru/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* adzos \.org/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* adzos \.info/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* adzos \.co/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* adzos \.com/ [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https://.* adzos \-for\-website\.com/

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]

Also here is a web link to some spam URLs being blacklisted from other servers:

https://perishablepress.com/blacklist/ultimate-referrer-blacklist.txt

Disclaimer: This type of domain blocking in Apache servers has not yet been tested and it should be done by experienced professionals. Backup is always recommended.

Method 3 – Via WordPress

There is a method outlined by security researchers online that uses WordPress plugins to block referrer spams from sites. There are many plugins that help deal with referral spam, simply do a google search. We have currently seen one particular plugin reported to work, called WP-Ban, but bear in mind that you may find an equally good or better. WP-Ban has the ability to block users based on their IP address and other information such as the URL, for example.

In case you have been redirected to or personally visited URLs by Traffic2cash(.)com it is advisable to user advanced anti-malware scanner to check whether or not your machine has been infected with malware since this service may advartise all sorts of concealed dangers. Security engineers recomend performing more than one system scan for maximum effectiveness.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups

How to Remove Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups

Get rid of Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam:


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Remove Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer Stop Push Pop-ups


Eliminate Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


Remove Push Notifications caused by Traffic2cash(.)net Referral Spam from Your Browsers.


Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.

settings

Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

advanced settings

Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

Content Settings

Step 4: Open “Notifications”:

notifications

Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

Block, Edit or Remove

Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.

options

Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":

Settings

Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

remove push notifications firefox

Stop Push Notifications on Opera

Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings

opera

Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

content settings

Step 3: Open Notifications:

notifications

Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

three dots

Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.

preferences

Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".


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