What kind of software is Dark-Display?
Dark-Display is described as an app that provides a dark mode for simple websites. After downloading and adding this app to a web browser, we learned that it shows unwanted advertisements. Thus, we classified Dark-Display as adware. Ads displayed by adware can open untrustworthy websites.
Dark-Display in detail
Clicking on ads generated by Dark-Display opens questionable web pages. In some cases, adware shows ads that can open shady websites asking to provide personal information, encouraging to download untrustworthy apps, urging to call a fake technical support number, etc. Also, those ads can be used to distribute unwanted apps (by designing them to run certain scripts).
Additionally, Dark-Display can read and change all data on all websites. It may be collecting personal data (e.g., credit card details), browsing-related information, and (or) other details. Moreover, gathered data may be misused for marketing or even malicious purposes.
|Name||Ads by Dark-Display|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Symptoms||Your Mac 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.
Unwanted applications in general
Advertising-supported applications bombard users with annoying/intrusive advertisements. Additionally, they can be designed to gather various information and hijack web browsers by changing their settings. More examples of apps of this type are Web Saver, Text Info, and Frame Order.
How did adware install on my computer?
The Dark-Display has its "official" download page (a screenshot of that page is provided below). It installs (adds to a browser) after completing the provided steps. In other cases, adware is distributed via deceptive advertisements and downloaders/installers for other software.
Advertisements download or install adware when designed to run certain scripts (they cause it after clicking on them). Downloaders and installers used to distribute adware have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Adware gets installed after finishing installations without changing those settings (or unticking provided checkboxes).
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications and files from trustworthy/official pages and legitimate platforms. Using unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources can lead to unexpected installations or even computer infections. Also, check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect them before downloading or installing software.
Avoid clicking on advertisements appearing on torrent sites, adult dating pages, and other questionable/potentially malicious pages. Do not allow websites of this kind to show notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Web page promoting Dark-Display adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Dark-Display?
- 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 "Dark-Display" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dark-display, 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 dark-display 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 dark-display, 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?
In most cases, the main problem with adware is that its advertisements conceal website contents. Additionally, adware can slow down a computer and even invade privacy (if designed to gather data).
What does adware do?
Adware feeds users with annoying advertisements. In some cases, it can hijack a web browser and gather information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
One of the most popular ways to monetize adware is by participating in affiliate programs. Adware developers generate revenue by promoting various products, services, websites, etc. (they get paid a commission).
Will Combo Cleaner remove Dark-Display adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware. It is recommended to use specialized software for adware removal to avoid leaving files or other components belonging to adware in the operating system.