What is "more styles"?
While inspecting deceptive download webpages, our researchers discovered the "more styles" browser extension. It promises to allow users to customize website appearance, e.g., changing the page's hue, color opacity, etc. After analyzing this piece of software, we learned that it operates as adware.
"more styles" adware overview
Advertising-supported software (adware) is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it displays ads on visited sites and/or other interfaces.
These adverts promote online scams, untrustworthy/harmful websites and software, and even malware. Some intrusive advertisements can be triggered (by being clicked) to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
It is pertinent to mention that any legitimate products encountered through these ads are unlikely to be promoted by their actual developers. Instead, this promotion is undertaken by scammers who abuse the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Furthermore, adware endangers device/user safety even if it does not deliver advertisements. This software may require certain conditions to operate as designed, e.g., compatible browser/system specs or user geolocation, visits to particular websites, etc.
What is more, "more styles" has data tracking abilities. Information of interest can include: visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, personally identifiable details, usernames/passwords, credit card numbers, and so on. The collected data is then monetized via sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of software like "more styles" on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by more styles|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||more styles|
|Supposed Functionality||Website appearance customization|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Advertising-supported software usually appears legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with promises of "useful" functionalities. However, these features seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
How did "more styles" install on my computer?
We acquired "more styles" from a dubious download webpage. Adware can be obtained from its "official" promotional pages and scam sites. Most users enter these webpages via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).
Intrusive advertisements proliferate advertising-supported software as well. Once clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.
"Bundling" - packing regular program installers with unwanted/malicious additions - is also used to distribute adware. Download from dubious channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly advise researching software and downloading only from official/verified sources. Additionally, it is crucial to exercise caution when installing. Therefore, we recommend reading terms, exploring available options, and using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings to opt-out of all supplements.
We also advise being vigilant when browsing since illegitimate and malicious content usually appears innocuous. For example, intrusive advertisements look ordinary and harmless - however, they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, gambling, pornography, etc.).
If you experience such ads and/or redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with more styles, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshots of deceptive websites used to promote "more styles" adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "more styles"?
- STEP 1. Uninstall "more styles" application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove "more styles" ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by more styles' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove "more styles" extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
"more styles" adware removal:
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 "more styles", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes more styles ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove more styles 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 "more styles", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by more styles, 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 plugins 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 "more styles".
Computer users who have problems with ads by more styles 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 more styles, 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 the browsing experience and system performance. It is also considered to be a privacy threat since this software usually has data tracking functionalities. Furthermore, adware-delivered adverts can be dangerous and cause serious issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).
What does adware do?
Adware operates by enabling the placement of various advertisements on visited websites and/or other interfaces. It may also be capable of force-opening sites and collecting private data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers generate most of their revenue through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, applications, products, services, and so forth.
Will Combo Cleaner remove more styles adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate detected adware-type apps. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be an ideal solution. In some cases, even after the adware has been (manually) removed - various file leftovers stay within the system. Furthermore, these remnants can continue running and causing issues. Therefore, adware removal necessitates thoroughness.