Text-Enhance Links (20 posts)

  1. Chris H
    Posted 3 years ago #

    A client of mine is seeing what I've found to be "text-enhance links" (http://text-enhance.com/) on the WordPress site I'm currently building for him. I suspect it may have something to do with the plugins he has installed in Firefox, but wanted to check it's not a known issue? There's nothing in the template, and he said he can only see them in Firefox. Despite what the text enhance website says, I haven't initiated or activated these links during the development of his site.

    Any thoughts?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Unless you provide a link to a page demonstrating the problem, no one will be able to offer much in the way of assistance.

  3. textenhance
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello, we apologize that you are having trouble with the TextEnhance product. If you are seeing these links, then a web publisher has decided to offer them to you. If you would like to opt-out of seeing these links, visit: http://optout.textsrv.com/optout.php

    For FAQs and additional help on removing Text Enhance, please visit http://support.text-enhance.com

  4. clarklab
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hey textenhance, I just saw these links on my website and I'm *positive* I didn't enable them myself. Everything I read online says that the publisher has to enable them, which I did not.

    Are you sure there isn't some other way these links find their way onto sites? Perhaps something more nefarious? Or is it a browser thing?

  5. bloowy
    Posted 3 years ago #

    clarklab - Same with me. I' actually pretty damn about this. Seems like a cool service... only if it's wanted. I didn't invite this system to hijack my website like this.

    TEXTENHANCE - The question is, am I seeing these text enhance links on my website because cookies on MY computer are changing the way it looks ONLY to me?
    is this an edit to the site's presentation itself, thus meaning ALL visitors to the site can these links?

    Please explain how it works as fully as possible, as I'd hate to later find that the opt-out link only applies to me, allowing everyone else to see this stuff.

  6. victorbunzai
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Do you guys think there is any plugin that will disable the text enhance link even though I am hosting my site on GoDaddy, HostGator etc..?

    I really need this solution.. Thanks Guys!

  7. mherlevi
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have opted out of text enhance on three different occasions and it keeps coming back. How can I get this out of my blog as I don't want people linking out of my site?

  8. firebrain
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am having the same problem on my site:


    How do I remove these. There are very inappropriate for my site.

  9. Radioflashback
    Posted 3 years ago #

    scandalous! if I wanted Adds on my site, they should pay ME! I am having this text enhance since today, bugging my visitors with 'how to earn money fast' I did not ask for this. I pay for my webserver, so it's no ones business to put this misleading adv. on my site. There must be something we can do, besides changing the cookies. Hope a solution comes soon!

    Hope to hear more from you.

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If this isn't coming from a plugin or your theme, I suggest you take it up with your hosts. It's nothing to do with WordPress directly.

  11. Radioflashback
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I got called by a frequent (web)visitor telling my about these inappropriate advertisings on the website and I saw them as well, that was typical, but I Just found the anwser, it comes from plugins (probably Vuze) installed in your browser (chrome/ FF)! don't do the out option text enhance suggest, this just changes visibility in your cookies.
    Do this: Check your browser plug ins and remove unwanted plugings, like 'Vuze'!

    It ofcourse has nothing to do with wordpress, but since there was a topic here about it, I reacted.

    hope this helps you all.

  12. SteveBean
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have found out how to remove it... I think! (seems to be working so far) I found this info on a website. I believe it is for a PC, however I have a mac. Same applies only the plug in I trashed was called Codex-M. Here's what I found:

    What is Text Enhance, how did it get in to my web browser and how can I remove it from my browser?

    What is it:
    Advertising spam brought to you by a company called Text Enhance in partnership with Vuze bittorrent software.

    How did it get on my browser:
    You installed a bittorrent program called Vuze and in doing so, also installed a toolbar plug-in for Firefox/Mozilla.

    How can I remove it:
    This is a very simple fix. All you have to do is remove the Vuze plug-in from within your Firefox browser. You DO NOT have to remove Vuze from your computer. You DO NOT need to uninstall software! Simply open up your Firefox browser and select 'Tools' from along the top menu. Then go down to 'Add-ons'. Then select 'Plug-ins' and locate the plug-in labeled 'VUZE' and select remove. Restart Firefox and you will never see those annoying 'green words again'.

    The web address is:

    Good luck getting rid of this rubbish!

    Oh... I also deleted all cookies.

  13. MikeDiesel12
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If you need complete help with Text Enhance I wrote this blog a long time ago: http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-text-enhance/

  14. jonpedlow
    Posted 2 years ago #

    MikeDiesel12 blog post is great.

    Seen this on two of my sites today and thought I had been hacked until I checked the sites from a different browser.

    Follow his tips as they work perfectly!

  15. arozmo60
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I don't mean to burst anyone's bubble but the above recommendations may work for some but not for all. First off, text enhance is not a browser jacker. It would show up on any content site you have on the same computer and browser you first noticed it on.

    I have a few WP sites with older versions installed using the same computers and browsers and text enhance doesn't show up. Only in the the newest version of WP do I notice it showing up.

    If it were truly hijacking your browser, it wouldn't matter what site you were on, it would show up. In my case, the only time it shows up anywhere is when I am on the newest WP site I installed. Something like this is what caused a huge uproar in the web community when Microsoft decided to write code into IE that pretty much equated to what was called "visitor poaching". A visitor comes to your site and you lose them to a paying Microsoft customer. Appears to be something similar going on here.


  16. MikeDiesel12
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @arozmo60 Please do not provide the public with misinformation concerning this documented browser hijacker.

    The realistic fact is that you have been introduced to freeware or shareware such as free online video players, notepads, or any other type of free software. That is why you are indeed infected. It's the truth.
    You may have accidently clicked one of those popup bars at the top of such websites which require unnecessary plugins such as codecs to be installed.

    Just because you notice this infection only on your WordPress websites does not mean what you have concluded above. That is beyond common. Many infected users only notice the infection in forums they visit, and I often see them complain. I know this for a fact because I wrote the removal steps for Text Enhance. If you Google "Text Enhance" my page is the first webpage which shows up. Therefore I look up all my trackbacks and see this very common issue, almost every day. People are often blaming forum owners for these ads.
    Your issue is also singling you out to only your own WP websites. Your issue also has symptoms of a browser hijacker.

    Hope this clears a few things up. I apologize if I sound rude, do not mean to, I just can not allow misinformation about such issues to be distributed publicly.
    If you want to know more about Text Enhance please visit: http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-text-enhance/

  17. MikeDiesel12
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks, glad to hear you got rid of it!

  18. arozmo60
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Mike for "your opinion". It is not mis-imformation. I tested it several times and whoever classified it as a browser hijacker OBVIOUSLY doesn't know what one is. If one has their browser hijacked it would affect "every" site they use the browser for and not just ONE third party script. Every time they call their browser up, it will load. It will affect everything not just one site they load.

    Again I state that I have several versions of WP off of the same server and using the same browsers. FF on my Win machine and Google Chrome on my Linux box and the only time the iFrame injection shows up is with the "latest" version of the WP theme. All of my other WP versions don't call it up "using the same browsers." So where is the hijack???

    Did you read that? Same browsers, same machines, different WP sites and the injection doesn't execute. If my browsers were hijacked it would execute each and every time I call them up on all sites because hijackers are local side exploits not server side. So please don't spread MIS-Information about Browser Hijackers.

    If anyone is experiencing this issue, install the plug-in Exploit Scanner and it will take you right to the line of code plus show you any injections on your posts. I already have done it and the issue is resolved.

    By the way MikeDiesel12, I am curious to know who does the site botcrawl.com belong to? Seems to be loaded with lots of 3 party AV scripts outside of WP.

    Kudos to the coders of the Exploit Scanner Plug-in!


  19. MikeDiesel12
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Text Enhance is adware. It hijacks internet settings.

    I'd be glad to discuss the site botcrawl.com with you, email me at sean@botcrawl.com

    Text Enhance is not an injection. You obviously had an injection. Text enhance is flash. If you read the post I showed you then you will understand Text Enhance creates files and values and is detected by removal software as adware.

    You will clearly see and be able to test for yourself if ever infected that Text Enhance is controlled by flash internet browser settings.

    I am terribly sorry you feel this way about Text Enhance and what I have to say. I am really sorry your sites have been injected with Code. Also note, if your sites have indeed been injected by Text Enhance you could easily report them to Text-Enhance.com or the FBI.
    Text Enhance is in ware. If you want to discuss which software Text Enhance is bundled with "in private" then please email me. Text Enhance would not exist if injecting websites individually was the case. The actual Text-Enhance.com website would not exist if they were injecting codes, no one would allow this. The technicality in injecting every website 1 by 1 would be terribly wasteful on time and a total loss in any efforts to publicly market their advertising program; every website's security is different, internet browsers are all mostly alike... It's widely distributed. Text Enhance would not be able to affect many people by injecting sites.

    Here's a tip. Check to see if visitors to your site can see the Text Enhance advertisements. If you want, feel free to email me the URL or reply back with one and I will check it out for you.

    Lastly, I apologize if i come odd as defensive but you will understand, I just have to fix things. Nothing against you at all, I'm sure we can be mature about our findings and move on.
    Please feel free to email me, I would even like to take a look at that code that was injected into your website by TE if you don't mind.
    Please reach me at:
    Sean@botcrawl.com, you may even contact cs@botcrawl.com

    PS. I'm Sean, you can match avatars here. Michael is my middle name, hence the name... In case that threw you off.

  20. pfflynn
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi All,

    I have encountered a problem with text-enhance highlighted links appearing on my blog. On September 9 or 10 I updated to wordpress version 3.4.2. I posted an entry on September 11 in which selected keywords are associated with this text-enhance service/adware. I tried creating additional new entries - all of them exhibit this text-enhancement. As a control, I edited an earlier post to include words that are selected for text-enhancement in my current blog entry. Curiously, these edited entries do not seem to activate text-enhance. I have tried to use the Exploit Scanner plugin to search my code for some sort of gateway to text-enhance, but the output generates hundreds of false-positives.

    For reference, my site is:



    I'd appreciate hearing from any of you with trouble-shooting tips, and will thank you in advance for same.



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