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How do I disable the "Text Enhance" affiliate platform that is present on all my web surfing
When I use the Firefox browser to surf the web, on nearly every web page I visit an invasive advertising platform creates anchor links on the web pages (anchor keywords with two hyperlinks under the anchor word) which when clicked takes the viewer to an advertisement. Most of the links seem to be part of an advertising platform owned by "Text Enhance," which I have contacted to complain about. They sort of played dumb. I said I thought it was the result of some malware from which they were the sole beneficiary and they assured me they didn't instigate it. I went to the Warrior Forum and some members suggested it sounded like it came from one of your extensions or plugins. My security and technology consultant scrubbed my computer and they deleted some of your extensions and plugins and the problem went away. But two weeks later, it's back and it's pervasive. Even words in my online banking accounts are showing these text links.
Aside from security concerns, my biggest fear is that they are stealing traffic from the websites I publish--websites where I'm trying to sell either my own or affiliate products. And that upsets me greatly.
I'm sure I'm not the only web user experiencing this problem. If other web publishers are also getting their traffic stolen and directed to a competing site, you can bet that there will be a class action lawsuit on the horizon for Mozilla. So I suggest you get to the bottom of this situation and rectify it, because a lawsuit will be the inevitable result.
I don't mean to alarm you because I use Firefox as my primary browser. However, I checked IE and Chrome and Chrome is exhibiting the same situation. So I'm not really sure how this is happening, and that's why I'm contacting you about it.
Please let me know if you know how to de-activate this invasive pest.
Regards, Tom O'Boyle firstname.lastname@example.org
Modified by toboyle9
I eliminated it by removing the StartNow toolbar via: Tools > Add-Ons > Extensions
Edit: Please also see these great answers by EmailyDesarno
EmailyDesarno's post on page 2:
I searched Google and forums and they all say to go here to remove text enhance.
Most also say opting out will only bring you more spam, so I would not do that if experts are saying not to.
Sooo.. go to this website, it has the most info on this and I found it useful, I have no connection to them it's just to help. http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-text-enhance/
EmailyDesarno's post on page 3
DO NOT OPT OUT
That will cause more spam, it is not a solution.
I've already said it, all the solutions you need to remove Text Enhance are here:Read this answer in context 👍 37
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if everyone submits there webform with a few scathing words they may think twice about there annoying sneaky tactics
and incase they change the link just google text-enhance.com
Modified by curlew
I submitted my feedback ages ago, without any response to date. They do not give a sh*t :/
I went to add or remove programs in Control Panel,and found what was called FreeMind. I removed it and the text enhance stopped.
This is bullshit! How do I get rid of this pest. I tried the "opt out" that is a sham and does nothing at all, but waste my time. I follow the directions and it says I am still signed up to get this garbage. Now I have a coupon pop up. I think Firefox needs to figure out what its priorities are. Until then I will use Chrome, Wyzo, or Opera. I know these bastards hijacked some legit plug in. Find it and remove it. You had a beat I loved, but then loaded it down with junk. Had you stuck with that I would not be having any problems at all. Nor would Firefox.
Satchmoeddie - It's not just Firefox; I've had it install on Chrome as well. Read through ths entire thread and you should find a solution.
well guys here you have it from the horses mouth,
i submit a ticket and get asked to sign up to there site (i think not)
on submitting another ticket i get the following email
Your Text Enhance Inquiry
Add star Help Desk <email@example.com> Fri, May 18, 2012 at 7:15 PM Reply-To: Help Desk <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: myemail here <email@example.com> Reply | Reply to all | Forward | Print | Delete | Show original
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Ticket #2520: ads
Thank you for contacting Text Enhance. We strive to reply to all inquiries however this it not always possible. For your convenience we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Please review our FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions.
1 - What is Text-Enhance? Text-Enhance is a premium service offered to you by our publishers. We work with various websites as well as software products to help them provide value to their users. Please remember that if you are seeing Text-Enhance links, this does not mean you are "infected" or are having issues with your computer. It also does not mean websites you view have been "hacked". If you are seeing these links, it means that the website you are on or a piece of software on your computer has decided to offer you this service.
If you are unhappy with Text-Enhance links you are seeing, we would love to hear why. Please share your feedback with us by submitting a ticket here. We strive to constantly improve the product based on user feedback, and we will read every suggestion that we receive.
2 - How do I remove Text-Enhance? If you would like to stop seeing Text-Enhance links, you have two easy options for disabling this service. The first option is to opt-out at http://www.textsrv.com/optout.php. If you would prefer to remove the software that is creating the links, please disable third party browser extensions and plugins.
3 - Has my computer been hacked? Has my website been hacked? Text-Enhance has not hacked your computer, or your website, and was installed by someone who users your computer. The Text-Enhance service is offered to users by software publishers and the enhanced browsing experience is caused by a third party plugin installed in your browser. This email is a service from Help Desk Message-Id:JSFD4VCC_4fb691a77478f_58c
Modified by curlew
Adblock Plus 2.0.3. worked for me with Mozilla browsing!!!
TextEnhance has been irritating me for a few months now and I have no idea where it came from ... but I've found a solution that worked for me. To get rid of it you need to act as if you're signing up as an 'advertiser' ... click http://text-enhance.com/advertiser_signup.php then, at the bottom right hand side of the page, in very faint grey lettering, is a small menu. The last item on this menu is 'OPT-OUT' which you need to click. You then have to enter a couple of words from 'ReCAPTCHA' to verify your action. Please note though, in small print when you opt-out is the quote "* This will set an opt-out cookie on your system to prevent you from seeing Text Enhance links. If you clear your cookies, the links will appear again and you will have to come back to this site and opt-out again."
Even if you don't clear your cookies, or you turn off auto-clear, the advertisements reappear.
People have gotten it through extensions or toolbars. I removed the "WxFast" extension and got rid of it, though judging by the amount of responses I've found, it could be pretty much anything. I would suggest just looking through your extensions and toolbars(Tools -> Add-ons) and remove anything you don't remember giving permission for, find suspicious or simply don't want. Also look through the installed programs on your computer, just to be safe.
I heard somebody mention 'Codec-C', which I downloaded to be able to watch movies on certain sites. And, it makes sense, Text Enhance seemed to pop-up out of nowhere around the same time.
Codec-C is definitely one culprit.
These are all culprits found on this list for Text Enhance extensions
- BeCool (Bcool)
- Better Links
- Browser Enhancements 1.0
- Codec-V (Video Player, Win Trojan Known Location: C:ProgramDataCodec-V)
- CodecC 1.0 (Quicktime, Video)
- Codecv 1.0
- Crossrider Web Apps
- Facetheme (Known virus, check uninstaller too)
- Game Play Labs
- I Want That
- I Want This
- Installed Class (With Java plug-ins)
- Media Plugin
- Notepad++ (May install with)
- Pando Media Enhancer
- Premiumplay Codec
- Protector by IB18.104.22.1682
- Rewardsarcade (Used for Facebook games)
- Shockwave (Not recommended, read below)
- SiteAdvisor (This is the same name as a McAfee product, do not disable McAfee)
- Splashtop Inc
- TheBflix (May install with)
- TheBflix Class
- Vid-Saver (May install with)
- Vuze (Not the P2P client)
- Widgi Toolbar Platform
- wxDfast (May install with)
- Yontoo (Hits from: s.nsdsvc.com)
- YouTube Plus
Modified by EmailyDesarno
Thank you so much BigOreinteer.
OMG I have been pulling my hair out for months trying to get rid of this Text Annoying thingy. Removing the Codec C in add-on's in FireFox worked like a champ. In fact I couldn't be-leave it at first and had to search dozens of pages to see first before replying, lol. And not a single word has that stupid highlight for it. Happy Happy Joy Joy. Thank you Thank you.
Modified by lilgirlDaf
What a perfect answer! Thank you, EmailyDesarno and Botcrawl.
If you read 3 comments above you - the giant list of extensions with the link that says How To Remove Text Enhance is your answer. If you also searched on Google that Text Enhance removal article is also around #1 in result pages.
Also note: Your website is not infected, your internet browser is.
So once again, you can find all the directions and instructions needed to remove Text Enhance on this website.
YOU CAN FIND ALL DIRECTIONS TO REMOVE TEXT ENHANCE HERE:
Modified by EmailyDesarno
EmailyDesarno is right.
If you have problems with Text Enhance, please search Google or take the short cut and simply follow this link:
I'm not trying to troll, just tired of getting emails about this thread with the same question over and over again, no offense to anyone. Please just follow the link and you'll be happy.
Modified by MichaelBear