What is TravelBook?
TravelBook is an adware-type app endorsed as a tool for quickly accessing travel-related information. This piece of software operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute adware-type apps, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
TravelBook adware in detail
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphic content on any visited website and/or different interfaces. This software can display pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, and other intrusive ads. They diminish the browsing experience and pose a threat to device/user safety.
Intrusive adverts promote various sale-based, untrustworthy, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised, and even malicious sites. Furthermore, some of these ads can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) stealthily - when they are clicked on.
What is more, adware usually has data tracking abilities. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, etc. The gathered data is monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
To summarize, the presence of unwanted applications on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by TravelBook|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to travel-related information|
|Detection Names (rogue installer)||Avast (FileRepMalware), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Adware.BookLot.A), McAfee-GW-Edition (Artemis), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (application)||ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Adware.BookLot.A), Zillya (Adware.BookLot.Win32.1), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Adware in general
In fact, this applies to nearly all PUAs. The sole goal of these apps is to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advert campaigns, hijack browsers, force-open websites, and collect private data.
How did TravelBook install on my computer?
PUAs are spread via the "bundling" marketing method - packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious supplements. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., use "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the adverts can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs (e.g., TravelBook) also have "official" download webpages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software and download from official/trustworthy sources. Dubious download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive ads appear innocuous, yet they redirect to unrelieved and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such adverts and/or redirects, the device must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with TravelBook, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of TravelBook adware's installation setup:
Screenshot of the website used to promote TravelBook adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is TravelBook?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TravelBook application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TravelBook ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by TravelBook' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove TravelBook extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TravelBook adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "TravelBook", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes TravelBook ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove TravelBook adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, TravelBook did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by travelbook, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by travelbook removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by travelbook, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can diminish system performance and affect the browsing experience (e.g., limit website visibility, slow down the browsing speed, etc.). This software typically has data tracking abilities, which makes it a threat to user privacy. Furthermore, adware-delivered ads promote untrustworthy and malicious content - that can cause serious issues.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., display various ads.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates revenue by promoting various websites, applications, services, and similar. The developers of this software can get commission from ad clicks, website visits, file downloads, product purchases, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove TravelBook adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate installed adware-type applications. However, manual removal isn't always a perfect solution. In some cases, even after the adware is removed - file leftovers can remain hiding in the system. Furthermore, these components may continue running and causing issues.