These days it’s important to be clued in. Some advertisers have gone into stealth mode and annoying unwanted adware is becoming ubiquitous. Advertising components are installed by some “shareware” products and there is now a proliferation of unwanted adware and malware, some if which can only be found with deep security scanners, that may be on your computer.
Are you careful about what you download online or add on to your browser? If not, then one day you may find yourself viewing your blog and seeing URL underscoring and colorization trying to direct you and your readers to commercial sites.
Just the facts
WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read the advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Note: The same is also stated on the Store > My Upgrades page. Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.
The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade. But if you do not purchase the upgrade and feel an ad is inappropriate take a screenshot of it, upload it into your Media Library and contact Staff to let them know it’s there for them to view.
Get those ads off my blog!
Prior to posting a thread to the WordPress.com support forums to get the ads off your blog, take a deep breath and note that WordPress.com does not implement any advertising that results in text underscoring or colorization, text link ads or pop-up ads or links in comments. Know also that to date every blogger who has reported this on the support forums has had a browser-add-on or browser extension, game, toolbar or shopping app that was the cause of the unwanted adware.
Do new browser add-ons, toolbars, game programs from AARP, Wajam, Shopping Sidekick, text-enhance, PlayBryte and/or the phrase “ads not by this website” ring a bell?
So now you know what is likely to be causing unwanted ads and you understand that it’s not your blog that’s infected, you can deal with eliminating them.
Please try logging out, clearing your browser cache and cookies, disabling all browser add-ons and extensions, and then do a computer malware and virus scan. Lastly, reboot your computer and try logging in again. View your blog and it’s unlikely that you will still see the advertising you saw before.
That being said, elimination of text-enhance.com ads is not easily done. You can try to delete the program as they do offer a way to stop the Ads by using a check box, but the next time you clear your cookies, they send a new cookie and the text-enhance is back on your computer.
Here’s what a fellow blogger shared:
- Go to the Tools box. Open, scroll down to Internet Options.
- Click on the Security tab. Click on the Restricted icon (red circle with slash mark).
- You should then see a box to the right of the Restricted icon which says Sites. Click on Sites.
In the Sites box, fill in the URL of the Site (Text Enhance).
- Click on Add. This “ought,” “should” prevent Text Enhance from sending more Cookies to reinstall Text Enhance.
I tried using TE’s unsubscribe directions, I tried using the Control Panel, the C drive, the Downloads from the Favorites section in the Documents section, Chrome, and Firefox, and could not eliminate Text Enhance. TE is sneaky. There is no record anywhere in my computer of ever downloading TE. So, try the following:
- Internet options
- Security tab
- Click on Restricted icon
- To the right of Restricted icon, click on Sites
- In Sites, fill in the URL of the Text Enhance:
- Click on ADD. Click on Close.
This returns you to the Internet Options box under the Security tab. Click on OK at bottom of page.
Related article and video: Facebook teaches users how to remove adware (video)
To opt out of the VoiceFive survey:
1. Go to voicefive.com/Privacy.aspx.
2. Scroll down to the section Are cookies used by your website or your application?
3. Click the Click here link. (A cookie that will block pop-up surveys from VoiceFive will be placed on your computer.)
I’m wondering if any of my reader’s have experienced this and if so I’d like to here about their experience and what they did to eliminate unwanted adware.
Do you see unwanted adware when you view your blog?
Have you removed any unwanted adware from your browser or computer?