What kind of program is Travel?
Travel is the name of adware - an untrustworthy advertising-supported application that shows annoying advertisements. We discovered it after examining an ISO file downloaded from a shady website. We also found that it runs as "Travel tech Copyright © all rights reserved" in the Task Manager.
More about Travel adware
Clicking on ads displayed by Travel can open questionable (potentially malicious) pages. Those ads can open shady websites asking for personal information, encouraging users to download untrustworthy apps, urging them to call a fake technical support number, etc. Also, those ads can download or install unwanted apps (if designed to run certain scripts).
Additionally, Travel may collect personal data (e.g., credit card details), browsing-related information, and (or) other details. Its presence may cause monetary loss, identity theft, problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, etc.
|Name||Ads by Travel|
|Detection Names (Travel)||Alibaba (AdWare:Script/AdSearch.61bb2719), ESET-NOD32 (JS/Chromex.Agent.BM), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), ZoneAlarm by Check Point (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (ISO File)||ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Lionic (Adware.Script.AdSearch.2!c), Zillya (Trojan.Agent.Script.1721515), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
Adware is a type of software that displays intrusive advertisements. In addition to showing annoying ads, adware can be designed to hijack web browsers and gather data about users. Either way, adware should not be installed on any browser or operating system. More adware examples are Some-Light, NonLight, and Gallery.
How did adware install on my computer?
Travel installs after executing an installer in the ISO file downloaded from a shady website and completing the installation steps. Below is a screenshot of a deceptive page and ISO file used to distribute Travel.
Also, adware is often distributed via shady advertisements, fake installers, software bundles, and other similar ways. In all cases, most users download and install adware inadvertently.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not click advertisements appearing on questionable websites. Never agree to receive notifications from suspicious websites. Download applications (and files) from legitimate sources such as official pages and stores. Avoid using unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc.
Also, deselect unwanted applications included in downloaders/installers before downloading/installing software. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive website promoting Travel adware:
ISO file and its contents:
Travel running in the Task Manager as "Travel tech Copyright © all rights reserved":
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 Travel?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove 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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by travel, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by travel 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 travel, 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?
It can affect computer performance (a computer may run slower with adware installed on it), diminish the web browsing experience, and cause problems related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
It generates annoying/intrusive advertisements. Also, it can be designed to promote fake search engines and gather data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware is monetized mainly via affiliate programs. Its developers participate in affiliate programs to promote products, pages, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Travel adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will completely remove adware from the operating system. It is recommended to remove adware automatically because manual removal can be a difficult task. Quite often, files belonging to adware remain in the system even after the (manual) removal.