How to remove Images Switcher browser extension
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of application is Images Switcher?
Our team found that the Images Switcher browser extension is an advertising-supported app after conducting a thorough examination. This extension displays intrusive advertisements. Our team discovered Images Switcher on a questionable website. Users often unknowingly download and install (or add) adware to their systems (or browsers).
Images Switcher in detail
The Images Switcher app claims to allow users to switch images on the current page to their preferred sources, but it also displays advertisements. These advertisements, typical of adware-type apps like Images Switcher, can open unreliable websites.
Ads shown by Images Switcher may lead to technical support scams, sites that offer questionable apps for download, phishing pages that request sensitive information, etc. These ads may open websites like "Windows Firewall Protection Alert", "Norton Security - Your PC Might Be Infected With Viruses!", "AMAZON TRIAL", and similar pages.
Our investigation also revealed that Images Switcher can access and modify data on all websites visited. This app may collect information about users, which could be sold to third parties, used for marketing purposes, or exploited in other ways. Therefore, it is not recommended to trust the Images Switcher application.
|Name||Ads by Images Switcher|
|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), 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
Advertising-supported applications can sometimes hijack web browsers by altering their settings. These apps can switch the default search engine, homepage, and/or new tab page with an untrustworthy search engine. Using unreliable search engines is not safe as they may lead to unreliable pages and cause other issues.
Examples of other apps that display ads are Dark Theme For Chrome, Load All Links, and Media Control.
How did adware install on my computer?
Advertising-supported apps are often distributed through deceptive websites, fake installers, misleading ads, software bundles, etc. Software that comes bundled with adware has "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or similar settings in its installer.
Users accidentally install adware with other software when they do not adjust those settings during installation (when they do not deselect optional installations). Ads can also trigger unwanted downloads and installations if they are capable of running certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications only from trusted sources such as official websites and stores. Avoid downloads from untrustworthy websites, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Do not trust ads displayed on questionable websites. Always check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect them before proceeding with 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.
A shady website offering to add Images Switcher to a web browser (GIF):
Another page promoting Images Switcher:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Images Switcher?
- 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 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 "Images Switcher" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by images switcher, 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 images switcher 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 images switcher, 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 negatively impact your web browsing experience and slow down your system's performance. Also, it can cause issues related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
Adware refers to software that displays unwanted advertisements as its primary function. Additionally, it can hijack a web browser and gather various data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers earn money by promoting various products, websites, services, etc. One of the most popular ways to monetize adware is to participate in affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Images Switcher adware?
A specialized anti-malware tool like Combo Cleaner can effectively remove adware and associated files. Manual removal can be complex and time-consuming and may not fully remove all elements of the adware. Thus, we recommend using Combo Cleaner for the removal of unwanted apps.
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