What kind of software is Fast Dark?
Fast Dark is adware (also known as advertising-supported software) that generates revenue for its developer by displaying advertisements. Pretty often, users install such software unintentionally. Therefore, Fast Dark and other programs of this kind are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Fast Dark in detail
Advertisements displayed by programs like Fast Dark can be used to promote various scams, websites asking to provide credit card details and other personal information, download pages for other adware, browser-hijacking applications, and so on.
Moreover, those ads can be designed to download or install unwanted software. In such cases, ads cause unwanted downloads or installations by executing specific scripts. It is worth mentioning that adware can be capable of collecting information about its users.
|Name||Ads by Fast Dark|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Advertising-supported programs in general
More adware examples are LiteBrowser, Dark Place, Auto Ad Skipper. It is common for software of this type to be promoted as legitimate software that improves the browsing experience, has useful features, etc. Either way, the primary goal of adware is to generate ads.
How did adware install on my computer?
One of the popular ways to distribute adware is to include it in downloaders and installers for other programs as optional download or installation. When users download or install those programs without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings, they agree to download or install adware too.
Another deceptive way to distribute PUAs is to design advertisements to execute certain scripts. Users download or install PUAs by clicking on those ads. In other cases, users install PUAs through fake installers downloaded from deceptive pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Do not use third-party downloaders and installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks, and similar sources, tools to download or install programs. Files and programs should be downloaded from legitimate websites and via direct links. Also, do not click on advertisements that appear on suspicious pages.
Always check downloaders and installers for unwanted applications and deselect them before downloading or installing programs. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive website used to promote Fast Dark adware (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Fast Dark?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Fast Dark redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "fast dark" or other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fast dark, 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 ads by fast dark 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 ads by fast dark, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can be the culprit of poor computer performance, diminished web browsing experience, and similar issues.
What does adware do?
In most cases, adware displays annoying advertisements. However, it also can change web browser's settings to promote a fake search engine and collect various data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware is used to promote products, services, websites, and so on. It is very common for adware to be monetized through affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Fast Dark adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the system and remove all detected adware-type applications. It is recommended to use specialized software for adware removal. It is because files belonging to adware that has been removed manually may remain in the system even after the removal.