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How to remove text background adware from a browser

Also Known As: Ads by text background
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is text background?

Our team has discovered an adware-type application (a browser extension) called text background during an analysis of deceptive websites. We learned that text background has no real value. The main purpose of this app is to bombard users with intrusive advertisements. Thus, it is recommended not to have the text background app added to a web browser.

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text background in detail

the text background application generates pop-ups, banners, coupons, and (or) other ads. Clicking on those ads is not recommended - they can open potentially malicious sites, phishing pages and various scams, download pages for untrustworthy applications, etc. Moreover, those ads can be designed to cause downloads or even installations.

We also found that text background can read and change all data on all websites. It means that its developers may misuse accessed information for malicious purposes. Thus, having the text background extension added to a browser may cause issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other problems.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by text background
Threat Type Adware
Symptoms Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Adware in general

As a rule, advertising-supported applications generate annoying/intrusive advertisements. Most of them are described/promoted as useful and legitimate apps. It is noteworthy that adware can promote fake search engines by hijacking web browsers. Examples of different adware-type apps are Getting Files, Auto Play, and Healthy.

How did adware install on my computer?

It is common for apps like text background to be distributed via deceptive websites claiming that a specific app is required to perform certain actions. It is also common for adware to be bundled with other software or distributed via untrustworthy advertisements.

Adware installs alongside other software after users complete the installation steps (finish the installation processes) without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. Typically, adware is bundled with freeware.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications from official websites and stores. Do not download them from shady pages or using third-party downloaders (and stores), P2P networks, and similar sources. Also, do not click on ads and fake buttons displayed by dubious websites.

Do not forget to deselect optional (unwanted) installations before completing software installations. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

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Quick menu:

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.

text background adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 text background adware using Combo Cleaner:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing text background adware 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 "text backgroudm" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing text background adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by text background, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing text background adware from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing text background adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by text background 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 text background, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware diminishes the web browsing experience by displaying ads that conceal the contents of visited websites. Also, it can affect computer performance and invade privacy.

What does adware do?

In most cases, adware has no useful features. The purpose of such software is to display unwanted advertisements. In some cases, it can change the settings of a web browser to promote some fake search engine and gather data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most adware developers make money by promoting various products, services, websites, etc. Usually, they participate in affiliate programs to monetize adware.

Will Combo Cleaner remove text backgroud adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate text background from a web browser and any other adware from the operating system. It is worth mentioning that manual removal is not always the best solution since various file leftovers remain hiding in the system even after the removal. Combo Cleaner removes adware automatically without leaving anything behind.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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