The Direct.redtrafficstarted.site is an intrusive web site that can be used to show annoying ads or redirect the Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome to other ad pages. If the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are being redirected to the website named the Direct.redtrafficstarted.site, then most likely that the adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) get installed on your system.
Most commonly, this unwanted application installs on the computer in a bundle with free software that you downloaded and installed from the Web. Once it gets inside your PC, it will change certain personal computer’s settings including start page, newtab and search provider by default in order to reroute your’s web-browser to ad web sites or display lots of intrusive advertisements from various third-party ad networks.
As well as unwanted internet browser redirects to Direct.redtrafficstarted.site, the adware can gather your Web browsing activity by recording URLs visited, IP addresses, web browser version and type, cookie information, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and websites visited. Such kind of behavior can lead to serious security problems or user data theft. This is another reason why the ad-supported software that causes internet browsers to display undesired Direct.redtrafficstarted.site pop up advertisements, is classified as potentially unwanted application (PUA).
We recommend to remove the adware that causes unwanted Direct.redtrafficstarted.site advertisements, as soon as you found this problem, as it can redirect your web browser to web-resources which may load other malicious software on your system.
Remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site pop-up ads
We can assist you get rid of Direct.redtrafficstarted.site from your web browsers, without the need to take your system to a professional. Simply follow the removal instructions below if you currently have the undesired adware on your system and want to remove it. If you’ve any difficulty while trying to remove the adware related to Direct.redtrafficstarted.site advertisements, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section below. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to shut down your internet browser or restart your system.
To remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site, perform the steps below:
- How to remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site redirect without any software
- Get rid of Direct.redtrafficstarted.site pop ups with free applications
- Use AdBlocker to block Direct.redtrafficstarted.site and stay safe online
- How did Direct.redtrafficstarted.site redirect get on your PC
- To sum up
How to remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site redirect without any software
These steps to get rid of Direct.redtrafficstarted.site popup ads without any apps are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step guide completely to fully delete this ad-supported software that cause annoying Direct.redtrafficstarted.site ads to appear.
Uninstall PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
We suggest that you start the machine cleaning process by checking the list of installed applications and remove all unknown or suspicious apps. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious software such as adware and browser hijacker infections may be bundled with free applications. Remove the unwanted software can get rid of the undesired ads or internet browser redirect.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all apps installed on your system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort programs by date in the Control panel.
Delete Direct.redtrafficstarted.site pop-up advertisements from Mozilla Firefox
Resetting your Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your web browser application, including the redirect to Direct.redtrafficstarted.site website. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
First, run the Firefox and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware that redirects your web browser to annoying Direct.redtrafficstarted.site web page. After, it’s complete, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site popup ads from Google Chrome
Another method to remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site redirect from Google Chrome is Reset Chrome settings. This will disable harmful plugins and reset Chrome settings to original state. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
- First run the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is finished, your browser’s start page, default search provider and new tab will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site ads from Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer browser settings such as new tab page, default search provider and start page had been modified by adware that cause intrusive Direct.redtrafficstarted.site advertisements to appear, then you may restore your settings, via the reset web browser procedure.
First, start the IE. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as displayed in the figure below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of Direct.redtrafficstarted.site pop ups with free applications
Manual removal guide may not be for an unskilled computer user. Each Direct.redtrafficstarted.site removal step above, such as removing suspicious programs, restoring infected shortcut files, removing the ad supported software from system settings, must be performed very carefully. If you are in doubt during any of the steps listed in the manual removal above, then we advise that you use the automatic Direct.redtrafficstarted.site removal tutorial listed below.
How to automatically delete Direct.redtrafficstarted.site redirect with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a utility that can remove ad-supported software, PUPs, hijackers and other malicious software from your PC easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of PC resources.
Zemana Free can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
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Once the download is done, close all programs and windows on your machine. Double-click the setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Zemana on your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is done successfully, Zemana Anti Malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed on the screen below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware that causes lots of intrusive Direct.redtrafficstarted.site pop-up ads. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Zemana program is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified as threat.
After the system scan is finished, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will display a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been detected. You may delete items (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Next” button. The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will remove ‘ad supported’ software that causes multiple annoying ads and add items to the Quarantine. Once the process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
Run HitmanPro to remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site pop ups from internet browser
HitmanPro is a portable application that requires no hard installation to identify and get rid of adware that causes multiple annoying popups. The program itself is small in size (only a few Mb). HitmanPro does not need any drivers and special dlls. It is probably easier to use than any alternative malware removal utilities you have ever tried. Hitman Pro works on 64 and 32-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP. It proves that removal utility can be just as effective as the widely known antivirus programs.
Download HitmanPro by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop.
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Update: June 28, 2018
Download and run Hitman Pro on your PC system. Once started, press “Next” button to perform a system scan for the adware responsible for redirecting your browser to Direct.redtrafficstarted.site web site. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC and the speed of your machine. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished..
Once Hitman Pro has finished scanning, Hitman Pro will open a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found.
Review the report and then click Next button.
It will show a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to remove all malware found.
Remove Direct.redtrafficstarted.site ads with Malwarebytes
You can delete Direct.redtrafficstarted.site popups automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malicious software removal utility because it can easily remove hijacker infections, adware, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
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Update: July 25, 2019
After the download is finished, close all software and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes Free on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, press Finish button. MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the following example.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your computer for the adware responsible for redirecting your web-browser to Direct.redtrafficstarted.site web page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware application is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
When finished, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will display a scan report. Next, you need to press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Free will get rid of ‘ad supported’ software that responsible for internet browser redirect to the undesired Direct.redtrafficstarted.site web-site. Once finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to remove ad supported software, hijacker and other malicious software.
Use AdBlocker to block Direct.redtrafficstarted.site and stay safe online
Enabling an ad blocking program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocking applications will also protect you from malicious ads and websites, and, of course, block redirection chain to Direct.redtrafficstarted.site and similar web-pages.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- When the downloading process is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the install is finished, press “Skip” to close the setup application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop up advertisements, Direct.redtrafficstarted.site redirect, as well as other malicious 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 icon called AdGuard, which can be found on your desktop.
How did Direct.redtrafficstarted.site redirect get on your PC
These days some free programs authors bundle third-party applications which could be PUPs like this ad-supported software, with a view to making some money. These are not free programs as install an unwanted applications on to your MS Windows PC system. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the Net, be very careful during installation. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), choose custom or manual installation type, uncheck all third-party apps.
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be free of the ad-supported software responsible for Direct.redtrafficstarted.site popups. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and annoying malicious pages) and Zemana (to periodically scan your personal computer for new adwares and other malware). 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 delete Direct.redtrafficstarted.site popup advertisements from the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Edge, then ask for help here here.