How to remove Traffic Junky (Virus Removal Guide)

The Traffic Junky virus (TrafficJunky) is a term used to identify a potential unwanted program in the adware category of computer infections that installs alongside other unwanted programs and gathers personal browsing data. Although Traffic Junky is not technically defined as a computer virus, the PUP shares many of the same characteristics. Traffic Junky can get deep into a computer system , collect personal data, observe browsing habits, generate pop-up advertisements, and cause other frustrations for computer and internet users.

Traffic Junky

What is Traffic Junky?

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  • Traffic Junky may bundle with third-party malware, malicious files, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including UniDeals.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Traffic Junky can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Traffic Junky can read and change your browsing history.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Traffic Junky can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with Traffic Junky can manage your downloads.

How does Traffic Junky get on a computer?

Potential Traffic Junky malware and programs that it bundles with are usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content, such as freeware, shareware, torrents, and other similar items. In many cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline a custom offer to install this program; However, the offer to decline the program from installing can be ignored or presented in a deceptive manner by the program.

How to remove Traffic Junky

Step 1: Remove Traffic Junky add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon on the menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Traffic Junky extension and other suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Traffic Junky add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Step 2: Uninstall Traffic Junky

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for Traffic Junky and other unwanted programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential Traffic Junky malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Traffic Junky malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.