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Traffic Exchange Adware Removal

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Traffic.io is one of the domains for a platform known as Traffic Exchange. Advertisements and redirects are being generated and spread across websites to boost the traffic of other sites. An adware application adding the domain to your browsers exists as well. The secondary domain related to the unwanted application is Online.io. The platform advertises the exchange of traffic between websites, but it uses black SEO tactics and ads. To remove the websites, redirects, and ads, you should read the article carefully to the end.

Threat Summary

NameTraffic Exchange
TypeAdware, Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe platform generates advertisements and redirects, and ad content can be displayed on other websites.
SymptomsYou can see advertisements in your browsers, such as pop-ups, banners, or other types. You will experience lots of redirects.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Traffic Exchange – Distribution Tactics

The Traffic Exchange adware is distributed in different ways. Third-party installer setups could have installed the related adware on your computer. These installations typically come with freeware or bundle packages. Without your awareness, additional content can be installed on your personal computer. Preventing installations of any undesired software can be done if you find a Custom or an Advanced options menu in the setup. Web domains such as Online.io can distribute the adware if you register on them.

Traffic Exchange might also be distributed with the aid of multiple redirects and advertisements, that are hosted and spread by suspicious websites. Pop-ups, pop-unders, and banners could contain links for redirecting and boosting traffic. Upon visiting websites with an unknown origin you could get the related adware inserted into your computer system. Browsers which could be affected are: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Traffic Exchange – Closer Inspection

Traffic Exchange is a platform for exchanging traffic as you might have guessed from the name already. The basic principle is for its clients to receive more online traffic on their websites, while they put advertising content and redirects towards domains of the platform. The two more popular domains are:

  • Traffic.io
  • Online.io

The platform also pushes related software spreading the advertising content from your computer, thus being an adware. Mostly, the adverts will point to the website Online.io, and you can end up on its registration page. That result can be seen from the image below:

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Traffic.io is the other domain, and it is going to appear mainly with redirects and be one of the primary redirects. Unfortunately, ads and in-text links also can serve as redirects, so you won’t see it less often. This is how that domain looks:

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From observing the websites, though, it seems that Online.io is the dominant domain, which looks to be in development from its main page, but is already working. Seeing the copyright at the bottom of the page also gives the feeling of a more complete site. The Traffic.io site seems more likely as a dummy domain for where the blame to fall on. It might have been an older domain and the operation to be shifted to the other one, but the site to have remained accessible – or at least a part of it.

Traffic Exchange seem to be able to spread even similar malicious software through its platform and advertisement redirects. Browser hijackers affecting the homepage, new tab and default search on your browsers might get installed. The adware itself has some hijacking capabilities for launching redirects and adverts in your browsers whenever it feels like it. Some of the advertisements can have text inside them.

Here are examples of texts which can show inside ads:

  • Ads by Traffic.io
  • Advertisement by Traffic.io
  • Ad by Traffic.io
  • Advert from Traffic.io
  • Powered by Online.io
  • Brought to you by Online.io

Redirects accumulate money for the website owners with a pay-per-click plan and from the installing of malicious software on your computer system. Advertisements like pop-ups and banners could be associated with partners or affiliates of the platform makers. Adverts which are related to Traffic Exchange show as pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, and sometimes they could also appear as sliders, interstitial and transitional ads.

No Privacy Policy can be found on neither the Online.io, nor the Traffic.io website. Also, no traces of browser cookies are found on neither of the sites. Have a moment to think about it, though, if the platform has its adware inside your computer it can send out personally and non-personally identifying information – all it needs is an internet connection. The data could also be shared with third-party partners. You do not know what information is exactly sent out, and that makes this adware particularly scary. Spying on you and your PC activity is possible.

In case you do not wish your privacy to be intruded in such a way, you should remove the platform and its adware as quick as possible. Besides, you might get more malware on your computer, if you keep it.

Remove Traffic Exchange Adware

To remove Traffic Exchange manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial written down below. In case this manual removal does not get rid of the adware and redirects completely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.

Manually delete Traffic Exchange from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the Traffic Exchange threat: Manual removal of Traffic Exchange requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Remove or Uninstall Traffic Exchange in Windows
2. Remove Traffic Exchange from Your Browser and Your Registry Editor

Automatically remove Traffic Exchange by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Traffic Exchange with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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