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How to eliminate the Dark Screen adware-type browser extension

Also Known As: Ads by Dark Screen
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is "Dark Screen"?

Dark Screen is a browser extension our researchers discovered while inspecting questionable download webpages. It is promoted as a dark mode tool for browsers. However, our analysis of this piece of software revealed that it operates as adware. Hence, Dark Screen displays ads and spies on users' browsing activity.

Dark Screen adware asking for permissions

Dark Screen adware overview

Adware is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., enable the placement of ads on visited sites and/or other interfaces. These adverts endorse various unreliable/hazardous websites and software, online scams, and malware. Some intrusive advertisements can even perform stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked.

It is pertinent to mention that any genuine products encountered via these ads are unlikely to be promoted by their developers. Instead, this promotion is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.

It has to be mentioned that advertising-supported software might not display adverts if specific conditions are unmet (e.g., incompatible browser/system, particular sites are not visited, etc.). However, whether Dark Screen delivers or not is irrelevant - since it endangers device/user safety regardless.

Dark Screen has data tracking abilities. Adware usually collects the following information: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, account log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, etc. The gathered data can be shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like Dark Screen on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Dark Screen
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Dark Screen
Supposed Functionality Tool capable of enabling 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)

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Adware examples

We have analyzed thousands of adware samples; Background ColorsGood Blocker, and text background are merely a couple of our newest finds.

Advertising-supported software typically looks ordinary and innocuous. It also offers various "handy" and "advantageous" features. However, these functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.

How did Dark Screen install on my computer?

We obtained Dark Screen from its "official" promotional page. In addition to these websites, adware is endorsed through scam sites. Most enter such webpages via redirects caused by webpages using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).

Furthermore, advertising-supported software is spread by intrusive advertisements. When clicked on, some of the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.

Adware can also be bundled (packed together) with ordinary programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations (e.g., skipped steps, used "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) increase the risk of permitting bundled content into the system.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official and verified channels. When installing, it is important to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions.

We advise being vigilant when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content typically appears legitimate. For example, intrusive adverts look harmless yet redirect to unreliable/dubious websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

Should you experience ads and/or redirects of this type, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Dark Screen, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshots of the websites used to promote Dark Screen adware:

Website promoting Dark Screen adware 1 Website promoting Dark Screen adware 2

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Quick menu:

Dark Screen adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Dark Screen adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Dark Screen", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Dark Screen ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Dark Screen adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Dark Screen ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Dark Screen" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Dark Screen ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dark screen, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Dark Screen ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Dark Screen" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing Dark Screen ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by dark screen removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dark screen, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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 system performance. The ads delivered by this software can decrease browsing quality, and they promote deceptive/malicious content that can cause serious issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.). Furthermore, advertising-supported software usually has data tracking functionalities, which make it a threat to user privacy.

What does adware do?

Adware operates by displaying advertisements on visited sites and/or different interfaces. Some types can also cause redirects and gather private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of the revenue is generated through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, software, products, services, etc. Adware developers may earn commission from ad clicks, webpage visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Dark Screen adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be an ideal solution. In some instances, even after the advertising-supported software has been (manually) removed - file leftovers stay within the system. These remnants might continue running and causing issues. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate adware thoroughly.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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