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Torrent Extension Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Torrent Extension
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Torrent Extension?

Torrent Extension is a rogue app which infiltrates the system without a permission. It is designed to deliver a variety of intrusive advertisements and collect a variety of data types relating to user's web browsing activity. For these reasons, Torrent Extension is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), as well as an adware.

Torrent Extension adware

Immediately after infiltration, Torrent Extension starts delivering various types of advertisements, such as coupons, banners, pop-ups, and so forth. These ads are delivered by using various tools that allow developers place third party graphical content in any visited website.

For this reason, intrusive advertisements are very likely to conceal visited websites' content, what significantly decreases web browsing experience. However, what's more important is that intrusive advertisements may redirect to malicious websites (e.g., gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so forth).

This means that even a single click might lead to a high risk computer infection. We should also mention that even though visited websites are loaded, users should still see their browsers loading "apiscr.com" URL (e.g., "waiting for apiscr.com"). This also indicates presence of Torrent Extension adware. Another important issue is data tracking.

Just like most of adware, Torrent Extension gathers various types of information, such as websites visited, pages viewed, URLs visited, and so forth. What's more important is that such info may contain personal details. On top of that, developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing personal details.

Therefore, presence of a data-tracking app like Torrent Extension might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. It is highly recommended to eliminate this adware as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Torrent Extension
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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There are dozens of adware-type applications virtually identical to Torrent Extension, for example, HidenGate, Instagram2go, WinAd, YeaDesktop, Amazon Shopping Assistant, and so forth. Almost every single one offers some sort of feature(s).

However, these false promises are merely attempts to create the impression of legitimacy and usefulness - the true and only purpose of adware-type apps is to generate revenue for the developers.

Therefore, instead of enabling promised functionality, applications like Torrent Extension deliver intrusive ads and record personal information, thereby posing direct threat to user's privacy and web browsing safety.

How did Torrent Extension install on my computer?

As mentioned above, Torrent Extension infiltrates the system without asking for a permission. That's because developers proliferate it by using intrusive advertisements, as well as a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (an undercover installation of potentially unwanted applications along with the regular ones).

Developers know that users often recklessly rush download/installation processes and skip most of the steps. Developers know that users often recklessly rush download/installation processes and skip most of the steps.

For this reason, all details regarding modification of browsers' settings are hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of download/installation processes. By carelessly rushing download/installation processes, skipping steps, and clicking on various advertisements users simply expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to prevent this situation users must firstly realize that lack of knowledge and reckless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. Caution is the key to it's safety and, thus, paying close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software is a must.

Vast majority of intrusive ads look completely appropriate, due to the fact that developers invest a lot of resources into their design. Luckily, most of these ads redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) and, thus, distinguishing is easy. In case of such redirects users should eliminate all suspicious applications, as well as browser plug-ins.

Moreover, be sure to carefully analyze each window of download/installation dialogs and opt-out all additionally included programs.

We also recommend to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since such tools are used to "bundle" adware. Instead, desired programs should be downloaded only from official sources, using direct download links.

If your computer is already infected with Torrent Extension, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Deceptive free software installer distributing Torrent Extension:

Task Manager adware distributing installer

Torrent Extension adware in Windows Task Manager:

Torrent Extension adware in Windows Task Manager

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Quick menu:

Torrent Extension adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Torrent Extension adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Torrent Extension", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Torrent Extension ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Torrent Extension adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Torrent Extension did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Torrent Extension ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Torrent Extension ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by torrent extension, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Torrent Extension  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Torrent Extension ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by torrent extension, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Torrent Extension ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Torrent Extension ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by torrent extension removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by torrent extension, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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