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".
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.
|Name||Ads by Wikitravel (TravelSmart)|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
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.
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:
TravelSmart running in the Task Manager as "TravelSmart":
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- What is TravelSmart?
- 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 wikitravel (travelsmart), 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 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, 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 wikitravel (travelsmart), 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?
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.