What is Simple Dark Theme?
While inspecting the Simple Dark Theme browser extension, we noticed that it displays intrusive advertisements. Apps that display ads are categorized as adware. Additionally, we found that Simple Dark Theme can read and change data on visited pages.
It is recommended not to trust advertising-supported apps (especially when they are promoted using deceptive methods).
Simple Dark Theme in detail
Simple Dark Theme is promoted as a tool that creates a dark theme for any website. However, it shows annoying ads that can lead to shady websites. Ads displayed by adware often promote technical support scams, phishing pages, questionable applications, etc. Sometimes, they can cause unexpected downloads and installations.
Also, Simple Dark Theme can read and change data on websites. It may be tracking users (collecting browsing data). Its developers may misuse the obtained information for marketing purposes, sell it to third parties, or monetize it in other ways. Thus, having Simple Dark Theme added to a web browser can lead to issues related to online privacy.
|Name||Ads by Simple Dark Theme|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
In some cases, adware can hijack a web browser (operate as a browser hijacker). It can change the web browser's settings to promote shady (or fake) search engines. It is worth mentioning that browser-hijacking apps usually do not allow users to remove their search engines from the settings while they are added to browsers.
How did adware install on my computer?
Our team discovered Simple Dark Theme browser extension on a deceptive website suggesting that a free extension might be required. It got added to a browser after following the steps on that page. Simple Dark Theme also has its "official" website.
Also, adware often gets installed via shady advertisements and software bundles (mostly freeware installers). Installers containing adware have "Advanced", "Manual", "Custom", or similar settings (or ticked checkboxes).
Users install adware (or other unwanted apps) alongside other software when they finish installations without changing those settings (deselecting optional installations).
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications and files from trustworthy sources such as official websites and verified stores. Do not download them from shady websites, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect them before downloading and installing programs.
Do not trust advertisements on questionable websites or allow such pages to show notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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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 Simple Dark Theme?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 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 Simple Dark Theme adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Simple Dark Theme" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by simple dark theme, 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by simple dark theme 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 simple dark theme, 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?
Usually, adware causes issues such as diminished browsing experience, slower computer performance, unwanted redirects, invaded privacy, etc.
What does adware do?
Adware shows intrusive advertisements. Additionally, it can hijack a web browser and collect various data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They use adware to promote products, websites, services, etc. Most of them participate in affiliate programs to earn money using their adware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Simple Dark Theme adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove adware. It is recommended to remove adware with a specialized application (automatically) to avoid leaving any of the data belonging to adware in the operating system.