What kind of application is Prime Dark?
Prime Dark is the name of advertising-supported software that can show unwanted advertisements and read (and change) data on all websites. It is promoted using deceptive websites to trick users into installing it. Apps that users install unintentionally are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Prime Dark adware in detail
Advertisements coming from Prime Dark could be designed to open questionable, potentially malicious pages. Those pages could be designed to trick users into installing dubious software, providing sensitive information, paying money for products or services, and so on. Also, those ads could download or install unwanted programs.
Additionally, Prime Dark can read (and change) data on websites. This app might access and collect saved banking information, passwords, and other data. For these reasons, it is strongly recommended not to use this app (have it installed).
|Name||Ads by Prime 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||Decreased computer performance, 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.
Adware-type application in general
Most advertising-supported programs are useless to their users. The purpose of these programs is to generate revenue for their developer by showing annoying ads. More adware examples are Ad Avenger, Rocket Speed Booster, Convert Files 4 Free.
How did adware install on my computer?
There are at least two deceptive websites used to promote Prime Dark. Usually, deceptive websites used to promote PUAs use scare tactics or similar methods to trick users into installing unwanted apps. It is also common for PUAs to be distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs and certain advertisements.
Downloaders and installers used to distribute PUAs download or install such apps when users do not change the provided "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings. Advertisements cause unwanted downloads, installations by running scripts. Although, they cannot cause it if users do not click on them.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use official websites and direct links as sources for downloading files, programs. Avoid using other sources. Download and install programs only after deselecting optional downloads or installations. Do not click on advertisements that appear on shady, suspicious pages.
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 page designed to trick users into installing Prime Dark:
Another untrustworthy website designed to trick users into installing Prime Dark:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Prime 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 Prime 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 "prime dark" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by prime 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 prime 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 prime 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 diminish web browsing experience, slow down a computer, cause problems related to online privacy, web browsing safety.
What does adware do?
Adware displays intrusive advertisements. In addition to that, it can hijack web browsers to promote a fake search engine and collect information about its users.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Usually, adware is monetized by promoting various products, websites, or services. Its developers use affiliate programs as an income source.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Prime Dark adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and make sure that there is no adware on it. It is worth mentioning that manual removal may not be the best way to get rid of adware since various file leftovers may still be hiding in the system even after the adware removal.