What is No-Light?
While inspecting deceptive software-promoting websites, we discovered the No-Light browser extension. This piece of software is presented as a tool capable of creating a dark mode for simple design websites. However, our analysis revealed that No-Light operates as advertising-supported software (adware) instead.
No-Light adware overview
Adware displays third-party graphical content (advertisements) on visited websites and/or other interfaces. These ads endorse online scams, unreliable/harmful sites and software, and even malware. Some intrusive advertisements can perform stealthy downloads/installations - when clicked on.
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 abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
It is noteworthy that advertising-supported may require certain conditions to run intrusive ad campaigns, e.g., compatible system/browser specs, visits to particular websites, etc. However, No-Light endangers device/user safety regardless of whether it displays adverts.
Furthermore, No-Light has data tracking functionalities. Information of interest can include: visited websites, viewed pages, searched queries, account log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, financial/banking data, etc. The collected data can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of software like No-Light on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by No-Light|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
We have analyzed thousands of adware samples; Find My Package For Free, Mobile, Audio Player, and Webpage Text Reader are merely some of our newest finds. This software typically appears legitimate and offers various functionalities. However, these functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
How did No-Light install on my computer?
We found several dubious webpages promoting No-Light adware. Most users enter such sites through redirects caused by intrusive ads, mistyped URLs, pages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Intrusive advertisements proliferate advertising-supported software as well. Once clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.
"Bundling" - packing regular program installation setups with unwanted/malicious additions - is also used to distribute adware. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. Additionally, installation processes must be approached with care, e.g., by reading terms, studying possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplements.
Another recommendation is to exercise caution when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive ads look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, gambling, pornography, etc.).
If you continuously experience ads/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 No-Light, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of No-Light adware's "official" promotional webpage:
Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote No-Light adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is No-Light?
- STEP 1. Uninstall No-Light application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove No-Light ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by No-Light' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove No-Light extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
No-Light 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 "No-Light", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes No-Light ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove No-Light 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 "No-Light" 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 no-light, 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 "No-Light" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by no-light 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 no-light, 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 decrease browsing quality and system performance. It is also deemed to be a privacy threat, as advertising-supported software usually has data tracking functionalities. Additionally, adware-delivered ads can be harmful and cause serious problems (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).
What does adware do?
Adware is designed to run intrusive ad campaigns. In other words, this software enables the placement of various advertisements on visited sites and/or other interfaces. Furthermore, adware may be capable of force-opening sites and collecting private data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers generate profit primarily through affiliate programs by promoting various websites, apps, products, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove No-Light adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate detected adware-type apps. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be ideal. Since even after the adware has been manually removed - various leftovers (files) can remain hidden within the system. Furthermore, the remnants may continue to run and cause issues. Therefore, it is crucial to eliminate advertising-supported software thoroughly.