And even if we are fortunate enough not to be caught in the web of a hacker, scammer or destructive malware user, there are still plenty of programs out there that can cause us more than a little annoyance. You know all about the malware that can plunder your bank account, destroy your data, or spam everybody in your email address book, but what about the programs like TorqueChallenger that fly under the radar and can still do you harm, but are not so widely publicized?
But what are these programs and what risks do they pose? In this instance we are going to take a look at TorqueChallenger adware as it's usually known as. It normally infects your device when you download a program or application that is made available for free – in other words, freeware. And while we all love something for nothing, the problem is that there are so many free and peer to peer file shares that do come packaged with adware.
How do you continue to download programs and apps without also downloading adware?
I know it can be oh so tempting to get trigger finger and start hitting the download button when you find the latest apps that everyone is talking about, or when the newest episode of your favorite TV show becomes available but the point where we get caught out is exactly that: our eagerness to get our hands on our must have, or must watch, program or file.
So you know how when you download something, you see the End User License Agreement? It's not the most exciting aspect of installing or downloading something is it? But that's where the problem lies because TorqueChallenger is normally mentioned in the wording in this agreement as an add-on program. However because the wording is often ambiguous that means that you really do need to take the time to read the text so you know exactly what you are about to download on to your computer. You will also need to look out for any check boxes too as the makers of advertising supporting software often pre-configure these so that you are fooled into downloading the TorqueChallenger adware.
So to conclude, if you don't want "Ads by TorqueChallenger" advertisements displayed on your PC AND you want to carry on taking advantage of all those lovely freebies that the internet has to offer, then you really do need to take the End User License Agreement a little more seriously.
If it's already too late and your computer is infected with this TorqueChallenger and its relentless advertisements, please follow the steps on the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
TorqueChallenger 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 TorqueChallenger 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:
- Active Discount
- 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 TorqueChallenger related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove TorqueChallenger, AdCoupon, 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 TorqueChallenger related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove TorqueChallenger, AdCoupon, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove TorqueChallenger 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.