If you are reading this blog post, it means that you are seeing the Goldtraff.com unknown page and your browser began opening a large amount of popup ads. All of these problems with your system caused by ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), which is often installs on the computer with the free applications. You probably want to know how to get rid of this adware as well as get rid of Goldtraff.com advertisements. In the few simple steps below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ad supported software can install additional web-browser extensions and modules that will inject ads within the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web-browser hijacker that once started, will change the browser’s startpage and search engine. And finally, the adware can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web-sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Net and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
The ad supported software can change the settings of the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, but often that a harmful software like this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time start the internet browser to see Goldtraff.com intrusive advertisements.
It is important, don’t use Goldtraff.com page and don’t click on advertisements placed on it, as they can lead you to a more malicious or misleading pages. The best option is to use the step-by-step guidance posted below to clean your PC system of ‘ad supported’ software and thereby remove Goldtraff.com pop-ups.
How to remove Goldtraff.com pop up advertisements
As with removing ad supported software, malicious software or PUPs, there are few steps you can do. We recommend trying them all. If you do only one part of the guide, then it should be run malware removal utility, because it should remove adware and block any further infection. But to completely delete Goldtraff.com pop-up ads you will have to at least reset your web browser settings such as home page, new tab page and default search provider to default state, disinfect PC system’s web browsers shortcuts, uninstall all unwanted and suspicious applications, and get rid of ad-supported software by malicious software removal tools. Some of the steps will require you to reboot your PC system or exit the site. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to manually get rid of Goldtraff.com
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Goldtraff.com popup ads from the FF, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
Remove Goldtraff.com related software through the Control Panel of your system
First, you should try to identify and delete the application that causes the appearance of undesired ads or browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed in the following example.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and remove all software which has the name similar to “Goldtraff.com”. We advise to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. After you have found anything suspicious that may be the ad-supported software, adware or potentially unwanted software, then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your personal computer.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted Goldtraff.com web site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks which have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This displays a prompt that titled as 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 displayed below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the unwanted programs, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Delete Goldtraff.com from Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting your FF is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser application, including the redirect to Goldtraff.com web page.
Run the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The FF will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software which redirects your web-browser to intrusive Goldtraff.com web-site. Once, it is complete, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of Goldtraff.com ads from IE
By resetting Internet Explorer web-browser you revert back your web browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by ad supported software that causes internet browsers to display unwanted Goldtraff.com pop ups.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
When the procedure is complete, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s new tab page, home page and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Goldtraff.com pop up ads from Google Chrome
Use the Reset browser tool of the Chrome to reset all its settings such as new tab page, home page and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of internet browser redirects to undesired ad web-sites like Goldtraff.com.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, press to “Settings” option.
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 displayed below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts to get rid of Goldtraff.com redirect
When installed, this adware may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will show an unwanted ad web site.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. 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 “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, press OK . You need to clean all internet browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
How to automatically remove Goldtraff.com pop-up advertisements
After completing the manual removal tutorial above all unwanted applications and web browser’s extensions which causes web-browser redirects to the Goldtraff.com web page should be removed. If the problem with Goldtraff.com popup ads is still remained, then we recommend to scan your machine for any remaining malicious components. Run recommended free ad-supported software removal software below.
Remove Goldtraff.com advertisements with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for adware and thereby remove Goldtraff.com pop up advertisements from the FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge web-browsers. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on your PC.
- Download Zemana Free from the following link. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- When the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is complete, press the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware utility will begin scanning the whole computer to find out ‘ad supported’ software which causes unwanted Goldtraff.com pop up advertisements. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. During the scan Zemana will detect all threats present on your PC.
- Once Zemana completes the scan, Zemana Anti Malware will show a list of detected threats. You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Next”. After finished, you can be prompted to reboot your machine.
Use Malwarebytes to delete Goldtraff.com popup ads
Manual Goldtraff.com advertisements removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the ‘ad supported’ software can be not completely removed. We advise that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer of adware. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malware, potentially unwanted programs, browser hijacker infections and toolbars that your system can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as shown in the figure below.
When the install starts, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once installation is complete, you will see window as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes Anti-Malware utility will start scanning the whole machine to find out adware which causes undesired Goldtraff.com pop up advertisements. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your machine and the speed of your personal computer. While the MalwareBytes program is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After MalwareBytes completes the scan, MalwareBytes will display you the results. When you are ready, click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove ad-supported software that causes web-browsers to display unwanted Goldtraff.com pop ups. When disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to get rid of hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and other malware with MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM).
Run AdwCleaner to remove Goldtraff.com redirect from web browser
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It may scan and remove malware, PUPs and ad supported software in Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, IE and MS Edge internet browsers and thereby remove all unwanted Goldtraff.com ads. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and delete malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the personal computer.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Select the file location as Desktop, and then press Save.
- When the download is finished, run the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, press the “Scan” to perform a system scan for the adware that causes multiple unwanted ads and pop ups. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. While the AdwCleaner utility is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
- Once the scanning is finished, AdwCleaner will open a list of all items detected by the scan. When you are ready, click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your system, press “OK”.
The step by step guide shown in detail in the following video.
Use AdBlocker to stop Goldtraff.com and stay safe online
By installing an ad blocker program like AdGuard, you’re able to stop Goldtraff.com, autoplaying video ads and delete a ton of distracting and unwanted ads on sites.
Download AdGuard program from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is done, you will see a window as displayed in the figure below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help 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 computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block popup advertisements, pages such Goldtraff.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How did Goldtraff.com pop-ups get on your machine
Many adware are included in the free software setup package. Most often, a user have a chance to disable all included “offers”, but some setup files are made to confuse the average users, in order to trick them into installing the ad supported software that causes internet browsers to open intrusive Goldtraff.com ads. Anyway, easier to prevent the ad-supported software rather than clean up your computer after one. So, keep the browser updated (turn on automatic updates), use a good antivirus applications, double check a free software before you launch it (do a google search, scan a downloaded file with VirusTotal), avoid malicious and unknown sites.
After completing the step by step instructions shown above, your personal computer should be clean from this ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious software. The Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE will no longer show intrusive Goldtraff.com site when you browse the Net. Unfortunately, if the step by step tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new ad-supported software, and then the best way – ask for help.
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 intrusive Goldtraff.com popups.