How does Roll Around work?
An adware program has been designed to install a special component on your device. Roll Around is not an exception. This component tracks which websites you visit and records which specific products or services you are looking at on that site. The data is recorded and then transmitted back to the adware's programmer or owner. They then use the information gathered to more closely match the Roll Around ads that you see to the items you have just been looking at, therefore increasing the chances that you will click on the ad. This has two benefits for the programmer – and the company whose goods are advertised – firstly it increases the chances of making a sale, after all you are already highly likely to be interested in what the advert is offering, plus it also drives traffic to their website. It's a win win for everybody - although it comes neatly packaged with the fact that this is somewhat of an invasion of your privacy! Here's an example of an advert you may get when your computer is infected.
As you can see, it adds hyperlinks to random part of webpages. It can also insert ads just above your Google search results pushing organic search results down. It might not be obvious at first, so make sure you skip those inserted results that usually redirect to some dodgy websites.
And that's not all because even if you're not particularly bothered by some unknown third party tracking your online movements, you may be less enamored by the fact that Roll Around slows down both your computer's operation and your Internet connection.
How do I know if Roll Around has been installed on my PC?
Pretty much all of us see tailor made adverts every time we log on to the Internet – you might even be able to see some while you're reading this! However, if you have a strain of adware that's plaguing you by the aforementioned pop-up adverts, then that's an obvious sign that you have been infected. If you're not seeing pop-up windows but your PC is running slowly and you think you may have Roll Around infection there are a few other indicators such as a new toolbar being installed or your home page or search engine page having changed.
To protect your computer from this adware follow these basic steps:
- Don't click on links or open attachments in emails or instant messages sent by an unknown source
- Don't download software or files if you don't recognize the publisher's name
- Activate pop-up blockers
- Don't (or try not to!) visit adult or illicit websites
- Install a decent anti-malware program plus a firewall
- Read license agreements carefully and if they ask you to "also install" something, ensure the boxes are checked or unchecked accordingly
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Roll Around Ads Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download 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 malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Roll Around 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:
- Roll Around
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Roll Around related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Roll Around 2.0, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove Roll Around related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Roll Around 2.0, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Roll Around related add-ons from 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. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.