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I keep finding words on web pages (including my own) written in green and doubly underlined (described as 'Text enhance') that provide a hyperlink to "Groupon". HOw does this happen and how can I stop it?

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I keep finding words on web pages (including my own) written in green and doubly underlined (described as 'Text enhance') that provide a hyperlink to "Groupon". Why does this happen and how can I stop it?

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

a few days ago

Installed Plug-ins

  • http://www.facebook.com/fbplugin/
  • iPhoto6
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • DivX Web Player version 2.0.2.39
  • RealPlayer Plugin
  • The Google Earth Plugin allows you to view 3D imagery and terrain in your web browser.
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Java Plug-In 2 for NPAPI Browsers

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; rv:5.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/5.0.1

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David McRitchie 321 solutions 3089 answers

"'How to get rid of green double underlining

You need to install the "Adblock Plus" extension along with subscribing through its options to both "EasyList" and you might also install "Fanboys" filter.

In addition some filters you add yourself, I thing google analytics will be blocked by those, but if not add the following filters of your own.

http://www.google-analytics.com/*
|http://ad. doubleclick. net/*

Known Adblock Plus subscriptions

You should also install a hosts file on your system which will help with all browsers and applications.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Blocking_bad_sites_and_annoyances#Hosts_file

Adblock Plus - Open blockable items list - Ctrl+Shift+V (right click on icon) shows all the urls on a page and if blocked by a filter shows the filter


If that doesn't help, post the webpage url, and if it is public I'll help you with the filters. When your problem is solved, please mark as solved, and anything else that should be made known to other users.

Modified by David McRitchie

orangefoot 0 solutions 2 answers

I'm having this problem too and it is really annoying

Here's a page with the links on Abingdon Herald

I have adblocker installed and Easy List and Fanboys but I still have the links.

Modified by orangefoot

orangefoot 0 solutions 2 answers

I have just cured this by removing an extension that I had not consciously added to my add ons. It is a Media plug-in by GameplayLabs.

Go to Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions and see if you have it. If you do, remove it and restart Firefox.

I hope this helps you.

David McRitchie 321 solutions 3089 answers

@orangefoot Install companion extension "Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus"

Generated these two filters: controls --W(widen), N(narrow), B(blink),L(lock), S(select)

heraldseries.co.uk##H2
heraldseries.co.uk##UL

I just installed Peter Lowe's subscription as well, it will make no difference in what you see but I recognize what is being blocked as trackers, I'll probably keep it. I was actually looking to see if there was any special UK filter.

Thorbeard 0 solutions 1 answers

Go to the following web page http://text-enhance.com/ then click where it asks if you want to opt out. That link takes you to http://www.textsrv.com/optout.php where you check a box to opt out & type the reCAPTCHA words shown.

Note: If you clear your browsing history, you may have to repeat this process like I have had to do.

Modified by Thorbeard

the-edmeister
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That Opt Out feature probably sets a Cookie. So if you would clear your Cookies, you would need to re-visit that web page and opt-out all over again.

Jasonduster 0 solutions 6 answers

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The best way I've found is to get rid of Firefox all together, who in their right mind would think this is something people would actually want all over their websites?

I had really liked Firefox up until this point.

I'm going to try Chrome I think... I have got better things to do than try and turn off stupid stuff that I don't need or want. I just want to look at the net with as little interference as possible.

TextEnhance 0 solutions 1 answers

Hello, we apologize that you are having trouble with the TextEnhance product. If you are seeing these links, then a web publisher has decided to offer them to you. If you would like to opt-out of seeing these links, visit: http://optout.textsrv.com/optout.php

For FAQs and additional help on removing Text Enhance, please visit http://support.text-enhance.com

jimi66 0 solutions 2 answers

Helpful Reply

I dont want to "OPT-OUT"....i want it gone permanently!!

BigOrienteer 0 solutions 2 answers

In my case it was an add-on called Codec-C that caused this problem.

Codec-C is offered to you from a number of sources under the guise of an essential plug-in but is 100% malware - removing it will not affect anything apart from solve the TextEnhance problem.

Go to Tools|Add ons and delete Codec-C!

Good luck

Giles

Modified by BigOrienteer

elijah12 0 solutions 1 answers

When I disable "Shockwave" the underlined text disappears. The problem with that is that you need "Shockwave" for other functions. Firefox needs to get on this right way.

littlefoot 0 solutions 1 answers

Its a good news bad news situation, the good news is there is a cure for this unwanted headache - Simply click on the Tools button on the Firefox browser, a drag down menu appears, click on the Add-ons button/tab another menu page appears, click on extension button/tab a couple of items appear disable codecv 1.0 problem solved hurray good news - The bad news is, along with codecv 1.0 made by JustPlugIt, there is a host of other freeware that can/will cause you this same problem, you might just have one freeware program causing this problem - if youre lucky, if youre unlucky there might be two, three or four programs so you are just going to have to use trial and error to find the bad guys. ( notice I said freeware humm God forbid we actually had to paid for these things) Not all freeware are bad, some are good, here are some of the good guys leave them alone - Ant Video Downloader, DownThemAll, Java console , update service.

ughosal 0 solutions 1 answers

I encountered this problem this morning. This was happening because of a program running in the background called Playbryte that I think was put onto my system while I tried to download a FTP free software that can unzip a compressed file in a remote server. Although I stopped installing it half way through, it managed to put droppings like Playbryte, yontoo, etc. Beware of such freebies.

By the way, I use Chrome. As soon as I killed the pgm from chrome settings>tools>task manager the double bar links were gone. I then had to remove it from Chrome settings>tools>extensions, as it was not in installed program list.

Modified by ughosal

petergwilliams 0 solutions 1 answers

It is NOT the case that the web publisher has decided to offer these links. If you look at the source HTML they aren't there. Plus I tried this out with a locally installed webserver and my own content and they still appeared.

They're being generated within the browser at run-time.