The traffic.tc-clicks.com is an ad web-page that can be loaded into your internet browser with the help of adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The ad-supported software may change the settings of web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer or install a malicious browser extension, which created to generate a huge number of annoying popup ads. It’ll lead to the fact that when you run the internet browser or surfing the World Wide Web, it will always be forced to show traffic.tc-clicks.com pop-ups, even when your web browser is configured to block pop-up ads or your computer has a application that blocks ads. On current date, the adware continues to increase the number of computers that have been infected.
Most often, the adware affects the most common web-browsers such as the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge. But such the dangerous software as well may infect another 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 internet browser, it’ll redirect to the unwanted traffic.tc-clicks.com web-site. Even if you setup a new home page, an annoying web-page will be the first thing you see when you launch the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, changes internet browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional web browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject ads within the Chrome, IE, FF and MS Edge’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web-browser hijacker that once started, will modify the internet browser’s homepage and search engine. And finally, the ‘ad supported’ software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Web and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the few simple steps below ASAP. The instructions will assist you to get rid of ad supported software as well as clean your machine from the traffic.tc-clicks.com advertisements. What is more, the step-by-step instructions below will help you delete other harmful software like unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the computer along with the adware.
How can you protect your PC system from traffic.tc-clicks.com popup ads
How to manually remove traffic.tc-clicks.com advertisements
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove traffic.tc-clicks.com advertisements from the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge.
- Delete suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove traffic.tc-clicks.com redirect
- Get rid of traffic.tc-clicks.com pop-up ads from FF
- Delete traffic.tc-clicks.com from Chrome
- Delete traffic.tc-clicks.com pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the personal computer cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious software. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded programs can clean up your web browser from pop-up ads, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed programs.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove traffic.tc-clicks.com redirect
Once the adware is started, it can also alter the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ads.
To clear the web 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 web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of traffic.tc-clicks.com pop-up ads from FF
First, start the Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press 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”.
Delete traffic.tc-clicks.com from Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby remove the redirect to traffic.tc-clicks.com unwanted ads that is caused by the ad supported software.
At first, start the Google Chrome. Next, press 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 internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web 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 in the figure below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The application will run the process of cleaning. When it is finished, 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 PC system.
Delete traffic.tc-clicks.com pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
To delete the traffic.tc-clicks.com pop-ups you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown on the screen below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
Once the process is finished, press “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad-supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your machine, it will display traffic.tc-clicks.com annoying page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ software.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will open 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, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image 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. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious programs. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to delete traffic.tc-clicks.com redirect automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this utility to detect traffic.tc-clicks.com threat and get rid of it, by clicking on 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 process is done, press “Scan Now” button for scanning your machine for the ad supported software and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your computer. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free application that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the steps or the video guide below.
How to block traffic.tc-clicks.com
To increase your security and protect your PC against new annoying ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use an application that stops access to harmful ads and web-sites. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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- When the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial which 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 launch your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up ads, traffic.tc-clicks.com redirects, 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 AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your system and remove traffic.tc-clicks.com ads with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove adware, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge web-browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (home page, newtab page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown on the screen below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to display the program, press Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” for scanning your computer for the ad-supported software that cause a redirect to traffic.tc-clicks.com advertisements.
When it has finished scanning, it will open a list of all items detected by this utility as on the image below.
You need to press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt, click “OK” to start the cleaning procedure. When the cleaning process is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your PC should be free of the traffic.tc-clicks.com . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted ads and annoying harmful web sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove traffic.tc-clicks.com redirect from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.