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How to remove Light-Free adware and the ads it displays

Also Known As: Ads by Light-Free
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Light-Free?

Light-Free is a rogue browser extension that promises to enable dark mode for simple design websites. Our research team discovered this piece of software while inspecting suspicious download webpages. After analyzing this browser extension, we learned that it operates as adware (i.e., runs intrusive advertisement campaigns).

Light-Free adware asking for permissions

Light-Free adware overview

Adware is designed to display ads on visited webpages and/or other interfaces. The adverts promote unreliable/harmful websites and software, online scams, and malware. Additionally, some intrusive advertisements can be triggered (by being clicked) to perform downloads/installations without user permission.

While genuine products can be encountered via these ads, they are unlikely to be endorsed in this manner by their actual developers. Instead, this promotion is undertaken by scammers who abuse the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

It must be mentioned that adware may require specific conditions to run intrusive ad campaigns, e.g., compatible browser/system specs or user geolocation, visits to particular sites, etc. However, even if Light-Free does not display adverts - its presence endangers device/user safety nonetheless.

This rogue browser extension spies on users' browsing activity. Information of interest may include: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, etc. The collected data can be shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like Light-Free on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Light-Free
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Light-Free
Supposed Functionality Dark mode enablement for simple design websites
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; Audio PlayerFind My Package For FreeWebpage Text Reader, and Mobile are just some of our newest finds.

Advertising-supported software tends to look legitimate. It offers a wide variety of useful features (e.g., Light-Free promises to create dark mode for sites); however, these functions are usually nonoperational.

How did Light-Free install on my computer?

We acquired Light-Free from its "official" promotional webpage, and we found a deceptive site endorsing this extension. Most users access websites of this kind through redirects caused by misspelled URLs, pages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with the ability to force-open browsers).

Advertising-supported software is also proliferated using the bundling marketing method - packing regular program installers with unwanted/malicious supplements. Download from dubious sources (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.

Additionally, intrusive advertisements are used to distribute adware. When clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We highly recommend researching software before download/installation and/or purchase. Furthermore, all downloads must be performed from official and trustworthy channels. When installing, we advise reading terms, inspecting possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all additional apps, extensions, tools, etc.

Another recommendation is to exercise caution when browsing since fraudulent and malicious material usually appears harmless. For example, intrusive adverts may look legitimate and innocuous, but they redirect to questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

If you encounter advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Light-Free, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Light-Free adware's "official" promotional website:

Website promoting Light-Free adware

Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote Light-Free adware:

Deceptive website promoting Light-Free adware

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Quick menu:

Light-Free 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.

Light-Free adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Light-Free", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove Light-Free adware from Internet browsers:

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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Light-Free 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 "Light-Free" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Light-Free ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by light-free, 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 Light-Free 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 "Light-Free" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing Light-Free ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by light-free 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 light-free, 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 the browsing experience and system performance. It typically has data tracking functionalities, which make this software a privacy threat. Furthermore, adware-delivered adverts endorse deceptive/malicious content that can cause serious problems (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It enables the placement of third-party graphical content (ads) on various interfaces. Some types can also cause redirects and gather private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of the profit comes from affiliate programs in the form of commissions earned for promoting various websites, applications, products, services, and other content.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Light-Free adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and eliminate all adware-type apps present. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (done without the aid of security programs) might be ineffective. In some cases, even after the adware has been manually removed - file leftovers remain within the system. Furthermore, the remaining content can continue running and causing problems. Therefore, it is paramount to remove advertising-supported software thoroughly.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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