Removal instructions for Dark Mode Online adware and the ads it displays
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What is Dark Mode Online?
While inspecting dubious download webpages, our researchers discovered the Dark Mode Online browser extension. After analyzing Dark Mode Online, we determined that it operates as advertising-supported software (adware).
Dark Mode Online adware overview
Adware is designed to display advertisements on visited sites and/or other interfaces. It has to be mentioned that this software might not deliver ads if the browser/system specs are incompatible, particular websites are not visited, etc. However, regardless of whether Dark Mode Online displays advertisements - its presence on a system endangers device and user safety.
Advertising-supported software delivers adverts promoting online scams, untrustworthy/harmful sites and software, and even malware. Some intrusive ads can stealthily download/install software upon being clicked.
Note that any legitimate products encountered via these adverts are most likely promoted by scammers abusing their affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.
Furthermore, Dark Mode Online has data tracking abilities. Adware usually collects browsing-related information, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, credit card numbers, etc. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of software like Dark Mode Online on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Dark Mode Online|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Dark Mode Online|
|Supposed Functionality||Dark mode for browsers|
|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.
Skip Over Ads, MinimalLight, and Ultimate Video Adblocker are merely a few examples of the adware that we have analyzed recently. Advertising-supported software usually appears ordinary and useful. However, the functionalities that adware promises seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.
How did Dark Mode Online install on my computer?
Adware is promoted on questionable download webpages and scam sites. Most users access these websites via redirects caused by pages that use rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).
Intrusive advertisements also proliferate this software. Once clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.
Advertising-supported software can also be bundled (packed together with) regular programs/media. Download from untrustworthy websites (e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it only from official and verified channels. Another recommendation is exercising caution with installation processes, e.g., reading terms, studying possible options, and using the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out of all additions.
We advise being vigilant when browsing since fake and malicious content usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive adverts look ordinary and harmless, yet they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this type, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Dark Mode Online, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the website used to promote Dark Mode Online 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 Dark Mode Online?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Dark Mode Online application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Dark Mode Online ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Dark Mode Online' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Dark Mode Online extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Dark Mode Online 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 "Dark Mode Online", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Dark Mode Online ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Dark Mode Online 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 "Dark Mode Online" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dark mode online, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Dark Mode Online" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by dark mode online 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 mode online, 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 diminishes browsing quality and system performance. This software usually has data tracking abilities, which make it a privacy threat. Additionally, adware-delivered advertisements promote hazardous content that can cause serious problems (e.g., system infections, privacy issues, financial losses, etc.).
What does adware do?
Adware operates by enabling the placement of advertisements on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Some types can also force-open sites and collect private information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates most of the profit via affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, software, products, etc. The developers might earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Dark Mode Online adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate detected adware-type apps. Note that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be a perfect solution. Since despite the advertising-supported software being (manually) removed - various file leftovers can stay within the system. Furthermore, these remnants may continue running and causing problems. Hence, it is paramount to eliminate adware thoroughly.
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