If you keep receiving the poketraff.com redirects, when you surf the Internet with the Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and MS Edge, then it could mean your PC system is infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) from the big malware family. Once started, it may install a dangerous browser’s extension that generates lots of pop-up ads or modify the internet browser’s settings to show advertisements on all web sites that you are opening in the web-browser, even on those web-sites where before you did not see any advertisements. We recommend you to clean you computer from ad-supported software and thereby get rid of poketraff.com pop-ups. You need to follow the guide below as quickly as possible. It’ll remove the annoying ads and protect your personal computer from more harmful programs and trojans.
Most often, the adware affects the most common browsers like the FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another web browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you open the browser, it’ll redirect to the annoying poketraff.com page. Even if you setup a new home page, an unwanted page will be the first thing you see when you launch the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
While your machine is infected with the ad supported software, the Google Chrome, IE, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge may be rerouted to poketraff.com unwanted page. Of course, the ad supported software may not cause damages to your files or Windows system, but it may display a large number of annoying ads. These ads will be injected within the content of web pages that are you opening in your internet browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The advertisements will appear on all web-pages, including sites where previously you have never seen any ads.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your computer from the adware as well as get rid of poketraff.com annoying pop-up ads from the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge and other browsers.
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How to manually remove poketraff.com pop-ups
This few simple steps will help you delete poketraff.com pop-up ads. These poketraff.com removal steps work for the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the browser or restart your system. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of poketraff.com advertisements from Chrome
- Remove poketraff.com pop-up ads from Firefox
- Remove poketraff.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete poketraff.com redirect
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the computer cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed software and uninstall all unknown or suspicious applications. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with freeware. Uninstall the unwanted software may remove the unwanted advertisements or internet browser redirect to unknown or unwanted web-sites.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll display a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort applications by date of installation in the Control panel.
Get rid of poketraff.com advertisements from Chrome
Like other modern web browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby remove the redirect to poketraff.com unwanted advertisements which is caused by the ad supported software.
At first, start the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The application will launch the process of cleaning. Once it’s done, the internet browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your machine.
Remove poketraff.com pop-up ads from Firefox
First, run the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the “Help” button ().
In the Help menu, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click “Refresh Firefox” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove poketraff.com pop-ups from Internet Explorer
First, launch the IE, then click button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will restore the IE’s settings such as start page and search provider by default to default state, disable ad-supported internet browser’s extensions and thereby remove the redirect to poketraff.com annoying web-page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete poketraff.com redirect
Once the adware is started, it can also modify the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the web-browser, it will be rerouted to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which begins with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying poketraff.com web page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks that have been created by unwanted programs.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the malicious applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove poketraff.com automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this tool to detect poketraff.com threat and delete it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
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Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this task is done, press “Scan Now” button for scanning your PC for the adware and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your personal computer. In order to delete all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the few simple steps or the video guide below.
Block poketraff.com and other unwanted web-pages
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted ads and malicious sites, you need to use application that blocks access to harmful ads and web-sites. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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When the download is finished, launch the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, pages such as poketraff.com, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Delete poketraff.com ads and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the annoying poketraff.com from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and IE, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ad supported software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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After the download is complete, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is opened, you will see a screen like below.
Now, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and adware which shows ads from poketraff.com page. Once the scan is done, it will display a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the clean-up is done, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to remove adware, browser hijackers and other malicious programs.
After completing the guide shown above, your PC should be clean from malware and ad supported software. The Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge will no longer open poketraff.com unwanted pop-up ads and redirect you to unknown web sites. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new type of ad-supported software, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next press “Do a system scan only” button.
- When it has finished scanning, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying poketraff.com ads.