Text Enhance shows up as links in websites you view. This can be a very irritating situation because malicious web browser extensions use the same hyperlink style as the website you view. When you hover over Text Enhance link, it says "Powered by Text-Enhance" and then displays an advertisement that is not necessarily relevant to the topic you are reading on that particular website.
Here’s an example of a "work at home" advertisement displayed by Text Enhance on a very popular gaming forum.
Another example, "Win an iPad" ad showed up when I hovered over a word "your" in the middle of the text. The ad is completely irrelevant.
Dating ads are very popular as well. Hovering over "girlfriend" will probably display ads similar to this one.
What is more, very often these ads lead users to spammy and even dangerous websites. Who can guaranty you that cyber crooks are not using this platform to distribute Trojans, spyware and other malicious software? I guess no one. So, if you think that your computer might be or almost certainly is infected with Text Enhance virus, I highly recommend you to remove it. By the way, you can follow the opt-out procedure which is available on the official Text Enhance website to bock ads, but I'm afraid it might not work in case you got infected with this malware.
Text Enhance malware is distributed mostly through the use of warez and online video streaming websites. Usually, scammers display fake notifications that your Flash player is not updated or that you need to install a "special" plugin in order to watch requested video or download files.
Here's how the fake "Error: missing plugin" warning looks like (Mozilla Firefox).
The same warning message displayed in Google Chrome.
Both warnings are very misleading and unfortunately may trick users into installing malicious web browser extensions. I've said this many times before: install web browser extensions and add-ons only from the official stores or websites you trust.
Here's another very popular notification claiming that "Your system doesn't support this video file". Needless to say it's completely false because all you need to watch videos online is Flash player. Sometimes it's enough to use a modern web browser, HTML5 compatible to watch videos. Stay away from extra plugins and codecs!
Antivirus programs may detect and block misleading error warnings but they rarely detect potentially harmful web browser extensions. Most of the time, they do not pose direct threats to users but they are still potentially harmful, not to mention how annoying they are. I think antivirus companies should check browser extensions, add-ons and browser helper object more carefully.
If you are infected with Text Enhance, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. It will show you how to remove Text Enhance virus in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Apple Safari. I'm sure it will be listed as completely different program and web browser extensions. I made a list of programs and web browser extensions that are related to Text Enhance and may cause "Powered by Text-Enhance" ads to show up on your computer screen. I will update this list as often as I can. In case I missed something, please leave a comment below. One more thing, when you remove the culprit of Text Enhance ads, I recommend you to uninstall Flash player as well. Uninstall it completely and install the latest version. Text Enhance may interact with Flash Player to display ads. I noticed that when Flash Player is disabled Text Enhance ads do not show up. Last, but not least, if you have any questions or additional information about this virus, please leave a comment. Good luck and be safe online!
Text Enhance removal instructions:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this browser hijacker. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Text Enhance and/or related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following entries (if exist):
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Text Enhance in Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. If any of the extensions listed below exist, click on the Remove button next to each one. If you can't find the Remove button, then simply click on the Disable button.
Once you have found and removed all of the above extensions that were installed on your computer, you can close Mozilla Firefox. Disabling a web browser extension might also help, however, it still exists on your PC. Some extensions might be blocked or only have an option to disable them. In such case, I recommend you to delete extensions manually.
Remove CouponDropDown in Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon and remove the extensions listed below if they are present:
Once you have found and removed all of the above extensions that were installed on your computer, you can close Google Chrome. Please note, that some extensions might be locked (remove option is disabled). In such case, you have to remove those extensions manually. Enable Developer Mode to find extension's name that go to Google Chrome extension folder and delete it. Google Chrome extension folder placed in the following directory:
Windows 7 → C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
Windows XP → C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
Remove Text Enhance in Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. If any of the extensions listed below exist, select it and then click on the Remove/Disable button to remove it from Internet Explorer.
Once you have removed/disabled all of the above extensions (if existed), you can close Internet Explorer.
Remove Text Enhance in Apple Safari:
1. Open Safari. Go to Preferences.
2. Select the Extensions tab. If any of the extensions listed below exist, select it and then click on the Uninstall button to remove it from Apple Safari.
Once you have removed all of the above extensions (if existed), you can close Apple Safari.
1. Opt-out of text-enhance.com advertisements → http://text-enhance.com/optout.php
3. Uninstall Flash Player. Please follow this uninstall guide.
3. Download and install the latest version of Flash Player. Download is available here.
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