If your search engine by default, startpage and new tab page has been replaced to Travel Buddy or you get a huge number of ads popping up on your system then you need to know that you have an browser hijacker installed on your system. Browser hijacking is a form of unwanted software which introduces certain changes to settings of web-browsers without a user permission, to redirect on malicious, unwanted and misleading web-pages. Also, if you are seeing that the existing home page, error page, or search page has been replaced to Travel Buddy web page, then you don’t need to wait . Use the step by step tutorial below and remove Travel Buddy hijacker infection immediately.
The Travel Buddy browser hijacker infection may also modify the default search engine that will virtually block the possibility of finding information on the Net. The reason for this is that the Travel Buddy search results may show tons of ads, links to unwanted and ad web pages. Only the remaining part is the result of your search request, loaded from the major search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Although, Travel Buddy browser hijacker infection is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it can make changes to current settings of web-browsers. Moreover, an adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) can be additionally installed on to your computer by this hijacker infection, which will open lots of ads, or even massive full page ads that blocks surfing the Web. Often such these ads can recommend to install other unknown and unwanted apps or visit malicious web-pages.
So, if you happen to encounter annoying Travel Buddy start page, then be quick and take effort to get rid of hijacker that responsible for browser redirect to the undesired Travel Buddy page sooner. Follow the steps below to get rid of Travel Buddy homepage. Let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
How to remove Travel Buddy from computer
In the tutorial below, we will try to cover the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge and provide general advice to delete Travel Buddy startpage. You may find some minor differences in your MS Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: remove all suspicious and unknown programs, reset internet browsers settings, fix web-browsers shortcuts, run free malware removal tools. Certain of the steps will require you to reboot your computer or shut down this web-page. So, read this tutorial carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Travel Buddy, follow the steps below:
- Manual Travel Buddy New Tab removal
- Run free malware removal tools to completely remove Travel Buddy
- Block Travel Buddy redirect and other unwanted web sites
- Tips to prevent Travel Buddy and other unwanted software
- To sum up
Manual Travel Buddy New Tab removal
The useful removal guide for the Travel Buddy search. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Travel Buddy redirect let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall potentially unwanted apps using Windows Control Panel
In order to get rid of Travel Buddy, first thing you need to do is to remove unknown and dubious programs from your machine using MS Windows control panel. When removing this browser hijacker, check the list of installed applications and try to find dubious programs and delete them all. Pay special attention to recently installed programs, as it’s most likely that the Travel Buddy browser hijacker infection сame along with it.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as displayed in the figure below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your computer. Most probably, one of them is the Travel Buddy browser hijacker and other browser’s malicious plugins. If you’ve many applications installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious apps by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a dubious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as displayed in the figure below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your PC. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most probably, it is the browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your web-browser to Travel Buddy site. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ like below.
Remove Travel Buddy from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
Resetting your Firefox is good initial troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser program, including the reroute to Travel Buddy web page.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Firefox web browser settings to its original state.
Remove Travel Buddy homepage from Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your browser is hijacked or you’ve unwanted addons or toolbars on your internet browser, that installed by a malware.
First, start the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as displayed below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Remove Travel Buddy startpage from Google Chrome
If your Chrome internet browser is redirected to annoying Travel Buddy web page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web browser program to its default settings.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed addons. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, press to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as displayed in the following example and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Run free malware removal tools to completely remove Travel Buddy
After completing the manual removal tutorial above all unwanted apps and internet browser’s extensions that causes browser redirects to the Travel Buddy web-site should be deleted. If the problem with Travel Buddy browser hijacker is still remained, then we suggest to check your system for any remaining malicious components. Run recommended free browser hijacker infection removal apps below.
Run Zemana to delete browser hijacker infection
Zemana is a free program for Microsoft Windows operating system to scan for and delete PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software, malicious browser extensions, browser toolbars, and other unwanted apps like hijacker infection that responsible for web browser redirect to the undesired Travel Buddy web-page, installed on your computer.
- Visit the page linked below to download Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM). Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
- When the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the Travel Buddy hijacker and other web-browser’s harmful add-ons. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Zemana Free application is scanning, you may see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- As the scanning ends, Zemana Anti-Malware will create a list of unwanted and adware. You may delete threats (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Next”. When finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
Scan and free your system of browser hijacker with HitmanPro
HitmanPro is a portable tool that scans for and removes undesired apps like browser hijacker infections, adware, toolbars, other web-browser extensions and other malicious software. It scans your computer for hijacker infection that causes browsers to display intrusive Travel Buddy web site and creates a list of items marked for removal. HitmanPro will only remove those unwanted programs that you wish to be removed.
Installing the Hitman Pro is simple. First you will need to download Hitman Pro from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
Once the downloading process is complete, open the file location and double-click the Hitman Pro icon. It will run the Hitman Pro utility. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to run the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Next” . HitmanPro program will scan through the whole computer for the browser hijacker infection which cause a redirect to Travel Buddy web page. This process can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan HitmanPro will find out threats exist on your system.
After the checking is done, a list of all items detected is created as displayed on the screen below.
Review the report and then click “Next” button. It will display a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will get rid of hijacker infection that modifies internet browser settings to replace your startpage, search provider by default and new tab with Travel Buddy page and add threats to the Quarantine. After that process is done, the utility may ask you to restart your PC system.
How to remove Travel Buddy with Malwarebytes
You can remove Travel Buddy redirect automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We suggest this free malicious software removal utility because it can easily get rid of browser hijacker infections, ad supported software, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM). Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After the downloading process is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes Free will try to update itself and when this procedure is complete, press the “Scan Now” button for checking your computer for the browser hijacker that modifies web browser settings to replace your start page, default search provider and newtab with Travel Buddy web site. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. During the scan MalwareBytes will find threats exist on your machine. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we suggest you to read and follow the step-by-step instructions or the video guide below.
Block Travel Buddy redirect and other unwanted web sites
We suggest to install an ad blocker program that can stop Travel Buddy and other annoying web sites. The adblocker tool such as AdGuard is a program which basically removes advertising from the Web and stops access to malicious web pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad blocking programs is necessary to stay safe when surfing the World Wide Web.
- Please go to the link below to download AdGuard. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- When the downloading process is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 run your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop ads, pages like Travel Buddy, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon called AdGuard, that can be found on your desktop.
Tips to prevent Travel Buddy and other unwanted software
To sum up
Once you have done the step-by-step instructions shown above, your personal computer should be clean from hijacker that responsible for browser redirect to the intrusive Travel Buddy page and other malware. The Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome will no longer display undesired Travel Buddy web page on startup. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker infection, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.