A Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) appeared on the cyber-security ‘radar’, carrying the name Torque Challenger. It may come as a browser add-on, and some users report it to display possibly annoying pop-up advertisements that include various messages and invitations. Such applications are considered unsafe, due to their uselessness and third-party affiliate relationships.
Torque Challenger – How Does It Work?
Torque Challenger app could be situated on a user PC via a method, called ‘bundling.’ This method combines the app with installers of various free programs as an ‘extra’. So while the user sets up their favourite free media player, music editing software, video converter, photo manipulator, etc. they might miss this software included in the installer.
After Torque Challenger has been installed on the computer, the program may run active processes in the Windows Task Manager. Also, it might situate various files on the web browser directories, like cookies that may collect information about the user’s browsing history, clicks, and online searches. After that, based on those, such software usually displays advertisements in correlation with the browsing behaviour.
Pop-up advertisements from TorqueChallenger typically may include fraudulent prize claiming that could lead to a malicious site that may make the user fill out fake forms that request personal information. Another ad-supported content may be a message, resembling a windows window that might convince the user that they have an issue with their PC. This can lead to multiple places, varying from downloading rogue antivirus problems that do not remove any problems, to expensive fake tech support calls. Also, some ads may display to the user that they have received a free trial of a software they might like to download. However, this also might involve filling out forms that include personal user information or financial credentials. In some situations, it may result in the downloading of other software, whose installer is carrying the name of the one users think they have downloaded.
How to Remove Torque Challenger?
In case you have detected this unwanted app on your system, experts recommend uninstalling it. This could be accomplished by following the steps below from the guide. Even though you can uninstall the software manually, you could still experience the annoying ad experience since some files may remain on the machine. This is why, an up-to-date anti-malware program should be downloaded to ensure detection, elimination and protection of all threats.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove TorqueChallenger from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TorqueChallenger from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TorqueChallenger from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TorqueChallenger from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TorqueChallenger from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TorqueChallenger from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TorqueChallenger from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TorqueChallenger from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TorqueChallenger
Step 2: Uninstall TorqueChallenger and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by TorqueChallenger on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by TorqueChallenger there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TorqueChallenger from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TorqueChallenger and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove TorqueChallenger via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove TorqueChallenger files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TorqueChallenger, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove TorqueChallenger from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase TorqueChallenger from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall TorqueChallenger from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove TorqueChallenger from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the TorqueChallenger will be removed.
Eliminate TorqueChallenger from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.