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Text Enhance Adware on Mac?


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#1 waltapolis

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:52 AM

Hello!

I've recently run into some trouble with Text Enhance, which randomly highlights words and has ads pop up. I've tried looking for solutions, but most recommend deleting certain extensions on my internet browser (none of these extensions seem to be present on mine) or are specific to PCs. Anyone else run into this problem?

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:40 PM

Some users have gotten rid of the pest by removing extensions. One in particular
was codec-M. Another mentioned DivX.

It was also advised to do this: "Go to the Safari menu and select Safari Preferences, then Privacy, then "Remove all website data". While you are there, select "block cookies from third parties and advertisers"

It's possible that another extension is involved. If you have added one recently or do not know
what an extension listed is, do a search for more info or disable it if possible to check if the problem is
solved after rebooting the browser.

EDIT: When you post back, tell us which browser(s) you are using/ have the problem in.

Also, if you have downloaded anything from Cnet or Download.com such as Free YouTube Downloader
that is also a source of the adware crap.

Edited by buddy215, 28 May 2012 - 03:44 PM.

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#3 waltapolis

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:26 PM

Thanks for the quick reply!

I'm using Google Chrome and the only extension I have installed is AdBlock. I cleared my cache and cookies on Chrome and did the "block cookies from third parties", but unfortunately this problems is still persisting. D: Thanks for your help!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:14 AM

Follow the advice given in the link below for using Ad Block to possibly block the ads and
other suggestions for finding the cause. Please post back with results.


EDIT: Do this, too.
type chrome://plugins in address bar in chrome
You can enable/disable plugins

Since the adware crap isn't showing in your extensions list, it is likely a plugin that
is causing the problem.

Edited by Grinler, 25 February 2013 - 10:21 AM.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss

A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:52 PM

It looks like that worked! Yay thanks! Now, should I be worried about anything else with this? Like a virus or something like that?

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:46 AM

It would be good if you could describe what you did....used Ad Block....found the plugin XXXX that caused the problem, etc.
It would help others who have the same problem.

I did see where other malware was involved in distributing this adware on Windows but not Macs.

Suggest you read this: 10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac - Securelist

You likely got this problem by downloading an app from a nonApple site/ approved source.

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A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:50 AM

I used the Adblock trick. Thanks!

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 07:44 AM

The topic is pretty old, though the problem for me is not.

 

I did all the common steps to get rid of the text enhance just like the creator of this topic. Now I wanted to know what this adblock trick is or how I need to configure my adblock to remove this annoying thing, because I cant find the mentioned link.



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Posted 12 June 2016 - 11:30 AM

Try first clearing browser(s) cache. If you have Adblock Plus installed you can click on its Icon > choose Filter Preferences > UNcheck

the box for Allow Some Non-intrusive advertisements.

If that doesn't block the adware then click again on the ABP Icon and choose Blockable Items. Select the item causing the problem and allow ABP to block it.

 

Check the Add-ons in your browser(s).


Edited by buddy215, 12 June 2016 - 11:31 AM.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss

A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:11 AM

Thanks a lot. The adblock trick, that you described, worked for me as well



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:45 AM

You're welcome...


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A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:09 PM

Dear Community,

 

after living 3 months ad-free, my mac has a new adware popping up on webpages all the time. Since I have this issue, my browser (Google Chrome) in general has some problems. For example it doesn't show properly elements of website and instead a code is being displayed. I will add 2 screenshots of that code and one of the ad. Despite of these 2 specific problems, my browser runs slower in general and sometimes has troubles with loading videos or displaying "more comments", when I click on that button. Unlike the problem before with the text enhance ad this time my whole browser is affected.

 

Exactly like with the first problem of the text enhance 3 months ago, I already went through all the steps, which are normally recommended on dozen of pages "How to remove ...". I have only 2 addons "ad-block" and "proxflow" for Youtube. The "ad block trick" mentioned before is still turned on in my settings. Already looked for that as well

 

In regards to my plug-ins, I have two enabled: Adobe Flash Player and "Chrome PDF Viewer"

and two disabled: "Native Client" and "Widevine Content Decryption Module"

 

I also used 2 applications to "clean" my mac: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and one called "CleanMyMac".

 

 

Hope you can help me

 

The "code" problem

https://postimg.org/image/cmiy74qp3/

 

 

The ad popping up anywhere on a page

https://postimg.org/image/fltiid2yl/


Edited by vconsumer, 17 October 2016 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 11:30 PM

Browser hijacks are just cross platform and nothing is immune to it, good browsing behavior is encouraged even on a mac.


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:31 AM

I was wondering about that already, because my browsing behavior is really limited to youtube, facebook, newspaper and research I do for my studies.

 

Don't watch porn or move around anywhere else in dark corners of the internet

 

However, does anyone have a solution for this?



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:54 AM

Based on your attempts to clean the browser....I would suggest backing up your Chrome bookmarks and then do a complete uninstall

of Chrome including your Chrome profile.

  1. At the bottom of your computer screen, in your Dock, right-click Chrome.
  2. Select Quit.
  3. Open Finder.
  4. Go to the folder containing the Google Chrome application on your computer.
    • Tip: It may be in your Applications folder. If not, go to File > Find, and search for "Google Chrome."
  5. Drag Google Chrome to the Trash.
  6. Optional: Delete your profile information, like bookmarks and history:
    1. At the top of the screen, click Go > Go to Folder.
    2. Enter ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome.
    3. Click Go.
    4. Select all the folders, and drag them to the Trash.

 

Once reinstalled....be very selective as to add-ons. Get them from the Apple Store. Same goes for other programs

you install on the computer. Almost all adware is bundled with free add-ons and free programs. Especially the ones downloaded 

from sites other than Apple Store.

 

 


“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss

A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”





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