How To Remove Text Enhance (Virus Removal Guide)

What is Text Enhance?

Text Enhance (Text-Enhance) is cross-browser adware and an advertising platform that uses multiple programs, browser extensions, and files to attach to internet browsers and gather personal data without user consent. Text Enhance is used by multiple third-parties in order to monetize freeware and other programs. This adware serves pop-up and targeted advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on across Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer based off of the information it gathers.

Text Enhance Removal

Victims of Text Enhance adware usually notice they are infected with this adware when the content found on random webpages have links that display spam advertisements once they are hovered over. These types of advertisements are called in-text advertisements. *Hovering over the words racing teams opens up a small window showing a spam advertisement relative to racing teams (image).

Video example of a Text Enhance infection

Text Enhance adware is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more.

Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install Text Enhance adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

In some cases, Text Enhance and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.

How to remove Text Enhance (Removal Guide)

Step 1: Remove Text Enhance add-ons and extensions

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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall Text Enhance

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for Text Enhance and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Remove Text Enhance malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.


3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential Text Enhance malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Text Enhance malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

Comments ( 395 )

  1. Replyjorge
    in mozilla i cant eliminate the pop up i try altmost every thing
  2. ReplyOlga
    My horse was called - OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco Systems, Inc. , Killed .... ;)
  3. ReplyOlga
    Hi I had to disable few applications on Mozzilla one with Codec and something with FLash Shockwave and then run again the CC cleaner for Cache and cookies , but it worked! Thanks a bunch!
  4. ReplyAnonymous
    a file name to add to that list is "Smoother Web 1.1"
  5. ReplyCurlyDog48
    Clearing cookies worked for Firefox. For Chrome, nothing worked, until I disabled each extension one at a time and tested. Turned out to be MapQuest Button. Disabled and removed, every web page is clean now.
    • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
      Well done! Thanks for the information concerning MapQuest Button.
  6. ReplySloth
    Thanks! This really helped as i would always get annoying hyper link kind of things popping up all over the place!
  7. ReplyPascal
    Thank you so much, both AntiVir and Dr. Web couldn't identify the problem. You made my day!
  8. ReplyRafik
    Thank you so much for this very valuable information! Removing ad text links from Chrome worked. You make lots of people very happy. Peace.
  9. ReplyKathryn
    Omigosh, thank you so much!
  10. ReplyKlara
    Thank you very much. I was having trouble finding the malware because it had a different name than any of the names listed above, even though its description fit perfectly. The extention I had was called "Video Player" and I was able to remove it eventually with your help.
  11. ReplyAdriana
    Thank you so much for your detailed explanation. Apparently the spyware I had was called lucky leap rather than text enhance, but I managed to remove it with your help.
  12. ReplyWizzu
    Wow thank you, it worked! Finally no friggin ads
  13. ReplyAgnieszka
    Thanks! It helped
  14. ReplyAnonymous
    Helped a lot. Thanks :)
  15. ReplyAnonymous
    omg thank you so much
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