How to remove Trc.taboola.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects
What is Trc.taboola.com:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
Taboola a.k.a. Trc.taboola.com is a very big online marketing system, which provides means of monetizing or buying & selling web traffic to many websites and/or users. Recently, our malware experts warned us, that many users started experiencing issues with their browsers – they’ve complained from lots of intrusive ads, which appeared on almost every web page they visit – the majority of the intrusive web ads were claiming to be “Powered by Taboola“, “Brought to you by Taboola” or “Sponsored Links by Taboola” etc. After some tests and a very thorough review, our malware researchers were able to find out, that there are some suspicious software bundles, set to use silent or stealth installation method and install rogue browser extensions, which show these intrusive ads – all this without user’s consent. Usually, the software bundles contain some popular “ad-supported” freeware program, which is the main reason for downloading and installing the software bundle. Our malware experts warned us, that the rogue browser extensions are also used to collect various browser data, including personal browsing information, which may include all the data, that could be extracted remotely from your browsers – which is basically everything – IP addresses, search results, browsing history, account credentials, usernames, passwords, cookies, physical location – post addresses and financial information – including credit card numbers. That’s why we strongly recommend all users, which have experienced some of these intrusive Ads, Pop-up Ads or Redirects by Taboola or by Trc.taboola.com, to consider their systems compromised and infected with an adware and they need to run a full system malware scan, using some reputable and reliable anti-malware program.
Generally, users that have this Adware installed on their systems might see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that a Video Player is ready for download, Install Media Downloader, Infection was Detected, Please Install The New Java Update or Important software update, New driver updates are released etc.. The Trc.taboola.com is set to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note that all these alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Trc.taboola.com is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which then is converted to cash via one of the many online marketing platforms.
Trc.taboola.com is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. That’s why you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Trc.taboola.com bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc..
The purpose of Trc.taboola.com is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. Trc.taboola.com may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove Trc.taboola.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Trc.taboola.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Trc.taboola.com and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove Trc.taboola.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Trc.taboola.com manually, although you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual Removal Method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter4.
1. Remove Trc.taboola.com Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Trc.taboola.com, YeaDesktop.com, Trotux, BandwidthStat, Social2Search, TrailerWatch, AppTrailers, Search.searchuts.com, Search.searchctp.com, Side Terms, Revcontent, InitialSite123.com, Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Launchpage.org, LuckySearching123.com, MyLuckySearching.com, Woruanjian.com, n121adserv.com, S.admathhd.com, Gangnamgame.net, Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net, Vaudix, Optimizer Pro, YoutubeAdBlocker, BuyNSave, Freemake Video Converter, Youtube Downloader HD, Video Media Player 1.1, Fast Free Converter, DIVX Player 3.2 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Trc.taboola.com from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit the Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit the Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Trc.taboola.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Trc.taboola.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Trc.taboola.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Trc.taboola.com uses to hijack shortcuts should look like (or is similar) to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to Trc.taboola.com by checking the following locations: