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.
|Type||Adware, Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The platform generates advertisements and redirects, and ad content can be displayed on other websites.|
|Symptoms||You can see advertisements in your browsers, such as pop-ups, banners, or other types. You will experience lots of redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Traffic Exchange.|
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Traffic Exchange from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Traffic Exchange from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Traffic Exchange from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Traffic Exchange from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Traffic Exchange from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Traffic Exchange from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Traffic Exchange from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Traffic Exchange from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Traffic Exchange
Step 2: Uninstall Traffic Exchange 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Traffic Exchange on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Traffic Exchange there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Traffic Exchange from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Traffic Exchange and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Traffic Exchange 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Traffic Exchange 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.
Erase Traffic Exchange 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.
Uninstall Traffic Exchange 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.
Remove Traffic Exchange 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Traffic Exchange will be removed.
Eliminate Traffic Exchange 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.