Fake Google Translate extension removal instructions
What is fake Google Translate extension?
It is common that various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are distributed using installers for other apps of this type. In other words, it is common for PUAs to be bundled together with other unwanted applications. Quite often they are distributed using fake installers as well. For example, fake Adobe Flash Player installers. This fake Google Translate extension it promoted using deceptive installers too. Users who have this app installed on a browser should remove it as soon as possible, it is likely that this app functions as adware.
If this fake Google Translate extension is an adware-type app, then it generates various advertisements that, if clicked, could open potentially malicious pages or cause downloads, or even installations of other dubious applications (there are deceptive ads that are designed to distribute unwanted software by running certain scripts). Some examples of ads that adware-type apps display are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. Furthermore, it is possible that this app functions as a browser hijacker. It would mean that this app promotes some fake search engine (its address). Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing the browser's settings, such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. They force users to visit a certain address when they open a browser, new tab, or enter search queries. However, not all browser hijackers modify the browser's settings. In some cases, they are designed to detect when users enter search queries and then open a certain address.
It is important to mention that this fake Google Translate extension may be designed to gather Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites and other browsing data, or even sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, or other personal details. It is important to mention that developers behind deceptive apps design them to collect data so they could monetize that data (e.g., sell it to third parties or misuse it to generate revenue in other ways). It is worthwhile to mention that this particular extension adds the "Managed by your organization" feature to Chrome web browsers. Also, it is mentioned in its description that this app is not from Chrome Web Store, which makes it even more unreliable. Although, even if this app would be available on Chrome Web Store, it would not necessarily mean that it is a truly legitimate app.
|Name||Ads by fake Google Translate|
|Threat Type||Adware, browser hijacker|
|Detection Names (Installer)
||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.45672205), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Trojan-Banker.Win32.Passteal.dh), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/SpyAgent!MSR), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Additional Information||This extension adds the "Managed by your organization" feature on Chrome browsers|
|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, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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To summarize, this application has nothing to do with the actual (official) Google Translate app which is available on both Google Play and Chrome Web Store. Another example of a fake app that is named after a legitimate one is "Google Docs Extension". It is worthwhile to mention that such apps can be designed not only to generate ads, promote fake search engines, gather data but also to promote various scam pages like "Spin The Wheel", "WARNING CRITICAL MESSAGE", download pages for other unwanted, potentially malicious websites, and so on. Either way, if there is a fake Google Translate extension or any other unwanted app installed on a browser (or the operating system), then it should be removed as soon as possible.
How did adware install on my computer?
As mentioned in the first paragraph, this application is distributed using questionable installers. It is bundled together with some other software. Typically, users download and install bundled apps when they do not check and change "Advanced", "Custom" (or other settings, or do not untick checkboxes that are available in download or installation setups of programs that contain those unwanted apps. It is also possible that fake Google Translate app is distributed through deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. These ads cause unwanted downloads or installations when users click them. As a rule, deceptive ads appear mostly on dubious pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended not to use unreliable sources for software downloading, for example, third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, freeware download sites, etc. It is worthwhile to mention that Chrome Web Store is not the most reliable source either. Apps should be downloaded only from official websites and direct links. Also, it is advisable not to finish downloads and installations without declining unwanted offers. Usually, such offers can be declined using the settings that are mentioned in the paragraph above. Additionally, it is nor recommended to trust (click) that are shown on questionable pages: it is common for those ads to be used to promote other untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. And lastly, a browser or computer should not have any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, plug-ins, or programs installed on it. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Extension's description saying that this app is not from the Chrome Web Store:
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- What is fake Google Translate extension?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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.
Mac OSX users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Fake Google Translate redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Google Translate" and remove it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fake google translate, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by fake google translate removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fake google translate, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fake google translate, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Commonly, 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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