Translate Genius Ads

Also Known As: Translate Genius Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Low

Translate Genius removal instructions

What is Translate Genius?

Created by TGF Interactive, Translate Genius is a browser add-on promising to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling quick translation of selected text or entire paragraphs. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that this plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. It infiltrates Internet browsers (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and generates intrusive ads. Furthermore, this plugin is known to track users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, operating systems, browser versions, and web pages visited. The presence of Translate Genius on your system can cause high-risk malware infections (when clicking on third party ads generated by this add-on) and can lead to serious privacy issues.

Translate Genius ads

This adware infection is commonly caused by deceptive free software 'download clients' offering installation of such potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) together with the chosen free program. Today, most freeware download websites use download clients to monetize their free services, and thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. Translate Genius is not a virus or malware, however, clicking on third party links and ads generated by this plugin, can cause security infections. For these reasons, you are advised to remove this adware from your Internet browsers.

Translate Genius is similar to other PUPs, which install on browsers without users' consent. Examples include boxoreLookinglink, and Web Save. These plug-ins claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by adding various features, however, they merely diminish browser performance and generate unwanted ads. To avoid installation of such adware, Internet users should express caution when downloading and installing freeware. When downloading free programs, inspect each download step and opt-out of advertised browser plug-in installation by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing free software, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware. Users who have unwillingly installed Translate Genius should use this removal guide to eliminate it from their Internet browser/s.

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Quick menu:

Translate Genius removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

Translate Genius uninstall using Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Translate Genius ads) scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Translate Genius from Internet browsers:

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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Translate Genius from Google Chrome extensions step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "Translate Genius", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Translate Genius from Google Chrome extensions step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the translate genius virus, 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 Translate Genius from Mozilla Firefox extensions step 1

Click on 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 "Translate Genius".

Removing Translate Genius from Mozilla Firefox extensions step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with translate genius virus 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 translate genius virus, 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.

Removal assistance:
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