Remove trafficnado.com Pop Up Ads

Did you just get interrupted by a pop up ad from trafficnado.com? You are not alone. I also get the trafficnado.com pop-ups while browsing. Do the pop-ups also evade the pop-up blocker in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Do the pop-ups appear on sites that does not advertise with pop ups. Then read on...

Here is how the trafficnado.com ad looked like on my machine:

trafficnado.com popup

(Sorry for the large number of watermarks. If I don't add them, the screenshot will be used without attribution at some other blogs)

Does this sound like what you are seeing, you almost certainly have some adware installed on your machine that pops up the trafficnado.com ads. Contacting the owner of the site you were at would be a waste of time. They are not responsible for the adverts.

I'll try help you with the trafficnado.com removal in this blog post.

Those that have been visiting this blog already know this, but for new visitors: Some time ago I dedicated a few of my lab systems and deliberately installed a few adware programs on them. Since then I've been tracking the actions on these machines to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware auto-updates, or if it downloads additional unwanted software on the systems. I first observed the trafficnado.com pop-up on one of these lab machines.

So, how do you remove the trafficnado.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the trafficnado.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the trafficnado.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The issue with pop-ups such as this one is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware that's installed on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

So, what can be done? To remove the trafficnado.com popup ads you need to examine your machine for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here's my suggested removal procedure:

  1. What software do you have installed if you look in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel? Something that you don't remember installing yourself or that was recently installed?

  2. How about your add-ons you installed in your browsers. Anything in the list that you don't remember installing?

  3. Please also try to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your system. Did that stop the popups?

  4. If that didn't help, I'd recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I'm working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example

  5. If that did not solve the problem, you can add a blocking for trafficnado.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Here you can see FreeFixer in action removing an adware that caused pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the trafficnado.com pop ups? What did you do to stop the popup in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you very much!

Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the trafficnado.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!

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