Have you recently found your browser linking texts that shouldn’t be while you’re browsing web pages? Have you been tricked by this annoying spam bug, that’s actually a rogue extension, while you thought you were clicking a helpful link in a trusted favorite website?
I did, and then I figured out how to fix this problem just in time before punching my computer screen. So I thought I’d share the easiest way you’ll find (especially for Chrome users). Oh, it also works for removing the silly Coupon Offers corner pop up / drop down list as well – for me at least.
THE PROBLEM: TEXT ENHANCE
Recently I discovered that texts on sites were showing up as links, and I thought at first that, say, a trusted blogger was providing me some good (although quite random) links to follow. To my surprise, they were ads and such. After getting angry, then thinking, then checking a number of favorite sites and finding the same problem, then getting mad at an unknown someone for downloading something on my computer, then thinking again, I decided to research how to remove this.
Not too many months back I noticed a coupon pop-up in the upper-right corner as well. I was annoyed, but it did actually seem to offer some good deals on different sites so I thought, “Ah, what the heck, maybe I’ll use it.” Never did. Come to find out, it’s related to this as well.
There are a ton of people searching for this apparently, and a lot of confusion on how it gets on your browser as well. Many people seem to have reasons, but most don’t make sense. I will walk you through how I discovered the simplest possible way to remove this annoying bug in the Chrome browser. Come to find out, it’s actually an extension, and it’s a sneaky one.
Some blame Google and say they’re allowing this cause Text Enhance pays. I doubt it. It’s most likely whoever made that one random extension you thought might be nice, they’re actually just selling out to make money now. Ultimately, who cares. Let’s just remove it.
If you use Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or something else then this will probably help you at least localize the problem, but obviously these exact steps won’t help you much. I can tell you I know Safari and Firefox both use extensions as well, and IE, well… get out of the stone age and download a new browser anyways! I can’t say a single good thing I know about that browser. Seriously. Other than that, good luck with the mess of tutorials out there… Ha.
THE SOLUTION: REMOVE TEXT ENHANCE EXTENSIONS
Here’s the simple process for Chrome users (other browsers will be similar):
- Click on the wrench icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
- Go to Tools then to Tools & Extensions. Click Extensions.
- Now we must find out which extension is the bad guy here. At first glance,I said, “None of these – I’ve downloaded all of them myself and know what they do.” However, this is a sneaky booger. They make their money cause they’re smart. Mine was well disguised. So this step sucks a bit if you have many extensions. You must disable all the extensions or else choose the ones you think are most likely and start disabling those. Do this by checking those boxes to the side.
- Open a page with a lot of text, and as you disable the extensions press refresh on the page. Let it load fully and when you no longer have random linked text, you’ve found your culprit!
- Remove that extension. Mine was a sneaky little guy I don’t remember downloading, but is named after a feature on Google+ that I have used before so never triggered an alarm to me. The extension had no documentation and is definitely not made by Google. Grrrr.
*If you need to yell something like, “And don’t come back!!!” Now would be the time.
- Don’t install extensions that don’t have websites and other trusted
credentials. You won’t ever use most of that goofy stuff anyways