What kind of application is max dark?
max dark is an application that is supposed to provide a dark mode for websites. We have discovered at least two deceptive websites promoting this app. After installing and testing max dark, we learned that it generates advertisements. Apps displaying unwanted ads are classified as adware.
More about apps like max dark
Advertising-supported apps downloaded from shady websites display advertisements promoting various scams, shady applications, phishing websites, and (or) other untrustworthy sites. Sometimes, they show ads designed to download/install unwanted software by running certain scripts. Either way, ads displayed by apps like max dark cannot be trusted.
There are plenty of advertising-supported apps that hijack a web browser by changing its settings. These apps replace the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page with some fake search engine. Fake search engines generate misleading results, display ads, redirect to shady websites, and (or) show results generated by unreliable search engines.
|Name||Ads by max 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.
Adware in general
The purpose of adware is to bombard users with annoying advertisements. Software of this type can also be used to promote fake search engines and collect various information. Usually, adware is promoted and distributed using questionable methods. More examples of adware-type apps are Encyclopedia Wanderer, Ad Block Ultra, Dark-View.
How did adware install on my computer?
We have found at least two shady websites that promote max dark adware. One of them claims that it is required to install max dark to "complete the final step to proceed". Another one encourages visitors to install the app to continue to the page. In both cases, max dark gets installed/added to a browser after executing the downloaded file and completing the installation steps.
Also, adware is often distributed via installers for other software and shady advertisements. Installers containing adware have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Adware gets installed when the installation of software bundled with it is finished without making changes in the aforementioned settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Always use official websites (or platforms) and direct links as sources for downloading programs and files. Avoid using other sources like unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Also, do not forget to check downloaders and installers for "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings and deselect unwanted apps before downloading and installing programs.
Do not trust notifications displayed by untrustworthy websites or click advertisements appearing on such 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 websites promoting max dark adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is max 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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 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 "max dark" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by max 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 max 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 max 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?
The presence of adware can be the reason behind diminished web browsing experience, decreased computer performance, unwanted redirects, invaded privacy, and other issues.
What does adware do?
Adware displays intrusive advertisements.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They monetize adware by promoting various products, services, websites, etc. In most cases, the main source of income is various affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove max dark adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove adware. It is advisable to remove adware automatically since files or other components may remain in the system after the manual removal.