What is TermTrident?
TermTrident presents itself as a legitimate browser plug-in providing users with text translation, search, and other text-related features - "Term Trident is an ad-supported software utility that makes searching and translating information you find online easy. Take any text you see online, highlight it, and Term Trident will show the Wikipedia and Bing results in an in-page window."
Although this functionality might seem legitimate and useful, claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience are false. TermTrident is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are a number of reasons for these negative associations.
Firstly, TermTrident usually infiltrates systems and Internet browsers without users' permission. Furthermore, it displays intrusive advertisements (commonly marked as 'Ads by TT') and continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity.
The developers of TermTrident employ a virtual layer to display in-text, coupon, price comparison, and other similar advertisements. Note that the displayed advertisements do not originate from visited sites and conceal website content, thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Most redirect to various e-commerce sites such as online stores, however, others can redirect to deceptive sites containing infectious content. Therefore, clicking these advertisements is risky and may result in further computer infections.
TermTrident continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various user/system information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.), cookies, and other similar data, which might contain personally identifiable details.
These are later shared with third parties, and therefore, having TermTrident installed on your system can lead to various privacy issues. We strongly recommend that you uninstall TermTrident from your system.
In addition to the uses described above, we also share, transfer, or license your user and use information to third parties to store and analyze the data, provide search results and associated advertising, provide hosting services and customer support services.
TermTrident is identical to RapidReader, TermCoach, PhraseProfessor and a number of other PUPs offering identical features. Although these apps claim to be legitimate, promises to enable useful functionality are merely attempts to trick users to install. After infiltration, TermTrident and other PUPs provide no real value for users.
These applications are developed to generate revenue for developers by displaying ads and collecting information.
How did TermTrident install on my computer?
TermTrident and other adware-type applications are usually distributed as 'bundles' with other (mostly free) software.
The developers of rogue applications intentionally hide installations within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, since they are aware that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software - they rush the processes and skip most/all of the steps, thereby exposing the system to risk of infection or inadvertently installing PUPs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this type of computer infection, be attentive during the download and installation processes. Closely analyze each step and opt-out of all unrecognized third party applications.
Furthermore, rogue applications such as TermTrident are often hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - do not skip this section, otherwise PUPs will remain concealed and you will not be able to cancel them.
Deceptive free software installer used in TermTrident adware distribution:
TermTrident adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'brought by TermTrident'):
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- What is TermTrident?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TermTrident application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TermTrident adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TermTrident ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by TermTrident' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove TermTrident ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TermTrident adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
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:
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:
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:
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 "TermTrident 18.104.22.168", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes TermTrident ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove TermTrident adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, TermTrident 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:
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 term trident adware, 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the term trident adware, 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 term trident adware 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 term trident adware, 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.
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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