How does External Source work?
It operates by displaying 'Ads by External Source' adverts on your screen when you're online. No huge surprise there! You can't really fail to miss it – virtually every website you look at will be displaying some form of advertising, from clickable links to banners to boxes, there is no escaping. You might be able to see some right now as you're reading this in fact! And if you take a closer look at those adverts, do you notice that they are closely related to – or maybe even the same as – products or services that you have been looking at online in the past few days? No, the Internet doesn't have a sixth sense: this is how External Source adware works... and the reason that a lot of people have a problem with it.
When the adware is downloaded onto your computer (more of that later) it also takes the opportunity to install a component that monitors you (or spies on you, depending how you look at it). This component watches which websites you visit, records that information and then relays it back to the person who created, or owns, the adware. And that's why the External Source adverts you can see are spookily related to searches you've conducted online recently. The developer, armed with your browsing history, is now able to select which adverts they want you to see.
How does External Source install itself on my computer?
It normally comes bundled with another program. That means if you're downloading a file, application, or software, you could be unknowingly also downloading and installing External Source at the same time. And while you may be tempted to think that a few ads aren't that much of a deal, the fact is that the adware component can cause you some associated issues.
Problems caused by External Source adware:
- Your computer's CPU will run more slowly than before thanks to the constant activity conducted by the adware component
- And that also affects your Internet connection which it is using to send streams of data back to the developer. You may find that the Internet keeps crashing too
- Browser hijacking. Found a new toolbar that you didn't install? New toolbar keeps redirecting your Internet searches to websites you don't want to visit? You can thank the adware for that
- Weakened security can also be an issue as the adware can interact with other programs on your PC and cause conflicts, thus leaving your security more vulnerable
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
External Source 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 External Source 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:
- External Source
- 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 External Source 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 External Source related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove External Source 2.0, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove External Source 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.