How to remove the make dark extension
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of application is make dark?
make dark is the name of a typical advertising-supported application. The purpose of such apps is to generate annoying advertisements. Typically, they are promoted and distributed using questionable (often deceptive) methods. Our team has discovered at least two shady websites promoting the make dark adware.
make dark adware in detail
This application is supposed to provide a dark mode for websites. However, it also shows coupons, banners, pop-ups, and (or) other advertisements. It is very common for adware to be designed to show ads that can open shady websites (e.g., various scams, download pages for untrustworthy applications).
In some cases, ads generated by adware can download or even install unwanted apps. They can cause it when designed to run certain scripts. It is worth mentioning that advertising-supported extensions like make dark can be used to promote fake search engines. In such cases, they hijack web browsers by changing their settings.
|Name||Ads by make dark|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|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.
More about adware
One more reason not to have any adware installed on a browser or computer is that it can be used to collect various data. That data may be browsing-related and even sensitive information like credit card details, passwords, etc. More examples of adware-type apps are Extra-Dark, flow dark, and max dark.
How did adware install on my computer?
We have discovered at least two websites promoting the make dark application. In our case, it got added to a web browser after following the instructions provided on those pages (after downloading and executing the installer).
It is also common for adware to be distributed via deceptive ads and downloaders/installers for other software. Software bundled with adware has "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings in its installer. Unwanted downloads occur when software bundled with adware gets installed without changing the aforementioned settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications (and files) from official websites and platforms (and direct download links). Do not trust files and apps downloaded from other sources like shady pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Also, do not click on ads and fake buttons displayed by dubious sites.
Never allow questionable pages to show notifications. Deselect optional (unwanted) installations before installing software. 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 make dark adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is make 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 make dark adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 "make dark" and other suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by make 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 make 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 make 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?
It can slow down a computer and diminish the web browsing experience (by displaying annoying ads covering the contents of visited pages). Also, adware can hijack a web browser by manipulating its settings.
What does adware do?
As a rule, adware generates advertisements (banners, pop-ups, coupons, and other ads). In some cases, it can be used to promote fake search engines and collect information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They monetize adware by promoting various products, websites, and (or) services. Most of them use affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove make dark adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware. It can be difficult to remove adware manually - files belonging to adware may remain in the system even after the removal. Thus, it is recommended to use apps like Combo Cleaner for removal.
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