How to remove TermBlazer (Virus Removal Guide)

TermBlazer (TermBlazer virus, Term Blazer) is deceptive adware and an advertisement-supported potentially unwanted program (PUP) that serves several forms of advertisements while users browse the web. Once TermBlazer adware has been contracted it will access user browsing information and use the data it observes to generate ‘targeted’ advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on. Ads by TermBlazer adware may arrive as generic banner ads, pop-under webpages, in-image ads that appear when a user hovers their mouse over and image, and underlined in-text advertisements that appear when a user hovers their mouse over hyperlinked text.

TermBlazer virus

What is TermBlazer?

TermBlazer is promoted by third-party freeware installers, distributors such as Cnet and Softonic, and the publisher as a free web utility that can be used to highlight text on a page and TermBlazer will display the definition and related pages. Third-party programs may use this adware as a platform to generate revenue from free programs and services. Antivirus and Anti-Malware databases will include this particular adware in the generic.adware and plugin.adware categories. This adware can be found as a Windows program in the Control Panel or as a browser attachment.

TermBlazer serves ‘targeted’ advertisements to users while they browse the internet. This is a privacy concern because targeted advertisements can only be produced by the adware if it has access to user browsing data, such as  all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

Furthermore, TermBlazer bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

TermBlazer adware and the additional programs that it bundles with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements, including browser redirections and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if TermBlazer is manually removed, it is possibly that the adware or another one in its place will return before a week has passed.

How did TermBlazer get on my computer?

TermBlazer adware is usually contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user alongside third-party programs and files, such as freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content. The potentially unwanted programs and files that deliver the adware can be introduced to a computer system and affected internet browsers with or without user authorization.

Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install TermBlazer adware and other programs during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline TermBlazer adware from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline TermBlazer from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

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  • The TermBlazer extension for Google Chrome can read and change all your data on the websites you visit and read and change your browsing history.
  • The TermBlazer extension for Google Chrome can manage your apps, extensions, downloads, and themes.
  • TermBlazer bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
  • TermBlazer can arrive on a computer system packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as download.com, Softonic, and others.
  • TermBlazer injects visited webpages with pop-up, pop-under, in-text, and in-image advertisements.
  • TermBlazer makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks allowing it to run every time Windows starts and to check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has previously been disabled it will enable itself to run.

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How to remove TermBlazer (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove TermBlazer 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 the TermBlazer extension 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 the TermBlazer add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the TermBlazer extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall TermBlazer from Windows

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 TermBlazer 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. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove TermBlazer virus with Malwarebytes

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

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2. Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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

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4. When the malware scan is complete you will notice a list of files it has detected. Click the Remove Selected button, then click Finish, and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware 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 edition of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

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

Sean Doyle

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