Triangle Trail removal instructions
What is Triangle Trail?
Triangle Trail is a deceptive browser extension identical to SmartShop, Money Viking, and tens of other potentially unwanted programs developed by SuperWeb LLC. Triangle Trail claims to save time and money when shopping online - "We're passionate about improving web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We've combined all of our great ideas into the Triangle Trail product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!" These fake promises often trick users into believing that Triangle Trail is a legitimate program, however, due to its rogue behavior (stealth installation, display of intrusive ads, tracking of Internet browsing activity), Triangle Trail is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
This PUP is generates pop-up, price comparison, banner, interstitial, transitional, full-page, search, coupon, and other similar intrusive online advertisements. To achieve this, developers of Triangle Trail employ a 'virtual layer', which enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. By concealing underlying content, third party advertisements significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, some redirect users to malicious websites - clicking them is risky and may cause further adware or malware infections. Research shows that Triangle Trail gathers various browsing-related information such as IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This information may seem insignificant, however, it will contain personally identifiable details that SuperWeb LLC shares with third party companies. There is a high probability that personal data will be misused to generate revenue - this can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft and, therefore, Triangle Trail should be uninstalled immediately.
SuperWeb LLC has released several hundred identical PUPs. These applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the functionality promised, apps such as Triangle Trail generate various intrusive online advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click’ [PPC] advertising model) and collect personally identifiable information (which is later sold to third party companies). They provide no real value for users.
How did Triangle Trail install on my computer?
Triangle Trail has an official download website, however, many users install this application inadvertently, since they do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software. Developers conceal potentially unwanted programs such as Triangle Trail within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings. By rushing the download and installation processes, users often install rogue software inadvertently, thereby exposing their systems to risk of further infection and compromising their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent installation of adware-type programs, be attentive during the download and installation processes. Closely analyze these processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, since potentially unwanted programs (that should be cancelled) are usually hidden within this section.
Deceptive free software installer used in Triangle Trail adware distribution:
Triangle Trail adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'Ads by Triangle Trail'):
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- What is Triangle Trail?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Triangle Trail application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Triangle Trail adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Triangle Trail ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Triangle Trail' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Triangle Trail ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Triangle Trail adware removal:
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 "Triangle Trail", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Triangle Trail ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Triangle Trail adware from 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 "Triangle Trail", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the triangle trail ads, 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 "Triangle Trail", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the triangle trail ads, 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 "Triangle Trail".
Computer users who have problems with triangle trail ads 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 triangle trail ads, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove triangle trail ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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