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How to uninstall Wikitravel (TravelSmart) advertising-supported application

Also Known As: Ads by Wikitravel (TravelSmart)
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is TravelSmart?

Wikitravel is a travel guide based on the wiki format. Its website promotes an advertising-supported software (adware) called TravelSmart. The purpose of adware is to show annoying advertisements. It is known that it installs on computers as "TravelSmart - TravelSmart for Desktop" and runs in the Task Manager as "TravelSmart".

TravelSmart adware

More about TravelSmart

TravelSmart is described as a tool allowing users to plan travels from their computers. However, advertising is added to it (same as the Wikitravel page). This program displays advertisements (e.g., banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, or other ads) to promote various websites and applications.

Ads generated by advertising-supported applications should not be trusted - they can open untrustworthy websites. For example, they can open deceptive pages asking visitors to provide sensitive information, urging them to call fake technical support numbers, instructing to download shady apps, etc.

In addition to opening suspicious (potentially malicious) websites, ads shown by adware can cause unexpected downloads and installations. Although this applies only to ads designed to run certain scripts. Therefore, it is not recommended to have adware installed and computers or trust ads displayed by software of this type.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Wikitravel (TravelSmart)
Threat Type Adware
Detection Names (Installer) Comodo (ApplicUnwnt@#1zhqxh496kdpn), ESET-NOD32 (JS/Packed.Agent.I Suspicious), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.Acsm.gen), Sophos (Mal/Generic-R), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Application) Comodo (ApplicUnwnt@#4ylmd6goxnic), ESET-NOD32 (JS/Packed.Agent.I Suspicious), Ikarus (PUA.BookLot), 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)

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More about adware

A couple of other reasons not to trust adware are that software of this type can be designed to hijack a web browser and gather data. It can modify the settings of a web browser to promote a fake search engine and collect sensitive information. It is worth mentioning that users cannot remove fake search engines from hijacked browsers while apps that promote them are added/installed.

More adware examples are Saving Files, Secure Audio Relay, and FLB Music.

How did adware install on my computer?

TravelSmart can be downloaded from the Wikitravel page. It gets installed after completing the steps provided in the TravelSmart Setup (installer). It is worth mentioning that users often install adware via deceptive websites and software bundles or various deceptive pages.

Advertisements can only cause unexpected downloads and installations when designed to execute certain scripts. Software bundled with adware usually has "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Unwanted installations are caused by finishing software installations without changing those settings.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download all programs and files from official pages and stores. Do not use unofficial websites, P2P networks, third-party downloaders, free file hosting pages, etc., to download software. Always check downloaders and installers for "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings, and deselect unwanted apps before finishing downloads and installations.

Also, do not click advertisements appearing on questionable pages (e.g., adult sites, torrent pages, illegal movie streaming websites) or allow such pages to show notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting TravelSmart application:

wikitravel travelsmart adware promoter

TravelSmart's installer:

wikitravel travelsmart adware installer

TravelSmart running in the Task Manager as "TravelSmart":

wikitravel travelsmart adware process running in task manager

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

TravelSmart adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing TravelSmart adware from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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".

Removing TravelSmart adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by wikitravel (travelsmart), reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing TravelSmart adware from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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".

Removing TravelSmart adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by wikitravel (travelsmart) removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by wikitravel (travelsmart), reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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?

Typically, the main issues with adware being present (installed) are slower computer performance and diminished web browsing experience (due to appearing ads that conceal the contents of visited pages). In some cases, adware can cause problems related to online privacy and browsing safety.

What does adware do?

It displays intrusive advertisements. In addition to bombarding users with ads, sofware of this type can operate as a browser hijacker and gather data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

In most cases, adware developers participate in affiliate programs to monetize adware. They get paid for promoting various websites, products, services, etc. It is important to mention that adware developers can use deceptive methods in their advertising campaigns.

Will Combo Cleaner remove TravelSmart adware?

Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove all adware-type applications. It is recommended to remove adware automatically because manual removal does not always work - files and other components belonging to adware remain in the system even after the removal.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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