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How to remove page styles extension from a browser

Also Known As: Ads by page styles
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is page styles?

page styles is one of the untrustworthy color-related applications (browser extensions) classified as adware. It can hijack a web browser to promote untrustworthy websites and inject advertisements into websites. Pages promoted via page styles adware can be designed to steal sensitive information.

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page styles in detail

page styles redirects users to untrustworthy pages designed to side-load malicious scripts. Those scripts enable page styles to hijack user searches and insert affiliate links. page styles hijacks searches by redirecting search query results and displaying results from pages affiliated (there are thousands of targeted sites) with the developers of page styles extension.

This allows developers to earn money from advertisement impressions and sell search data. Also, page styles can redirect users to websites with affiliate links appended to their URLs. What is worse, the creators of page styles extension may program it to redirect users to phishing websites and other untrustworthy sites.

page styles may redirect users to websites designed to trick them into providing credit card details, login credentials, and other sensitive information. Also, it may open websites used for malware distribution.

Advertisements injected by page styles can be designed to promote shady pages too. Moreover, those ads could be designed to run certain scripts to download or even install unwanted software. Thus, it is strongly recommended to remove page styles from infected browsers immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by page styles
Threat Type Adware
Symptoms Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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page styles in general

page styles is an adware-type app capable of hijacking searches, stealing browsing data, and redirecting users to affiliate links. Also, it can be designed to open phishing pages, malware download sites, and other untrustworthy pages. The creators of page styles generate income from website traffic, purchases made via promoted links, ad impressions, etc.

How did page styles adware install on my computer?

It is known that page styles and other apps used in the same campaign are distributed via deceptive pages and ads. In most cases, these apps are added to browsers by clicking "Install", "Add", "OK", or other buttons on deceptive pages instructing visitors to add some extension (or take other action) to continue.

A screenshot of one website used to distribute page styles is provided below. It says that a download is ready and instructs visitors to add a "secure Chrome Extension" to view and download secure files.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications from official websites and stores. Do not use shady pages, third-party downloaders (or stores), free file hosting pages, etc., to download them. Do not trust advertisements on suspicious pages. Never agree to receive notifications from untrustworthy websites.

Check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect those apps using the provided settings (e.g., "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other settings) before finishing downloads and installations If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting page styles adware:

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Quick menu:

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.

page styles adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing page styles adware 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 "page styles" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing page styles adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by page styles, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing page styles adware 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing page styles adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by page styles 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 page styles, 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?

Usually, adware affects computer performance and diminishes the web browsing experience. In some cases, adware can collect sensitive information and hijack browser searches.

What does adware do?

The purpose of adware is to display various advertisements (e.g., banners, pop-up ads, coupons, surveys, etc.). Also, adware can be designed to hijack a web browser, cause unwanted redirects, read personal data, and more.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

It is common for adware developers to use affiliate programs as tools to monetize adware. They earn money by promoting various pages, products, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove page styles adware?

Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove adware from it. It is recommended to eliminate adware with an app like Combo Cleaner to avoid leaving data belonging to adware in the system. It can be difficult to remove adware manually without leaving anything behind.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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