Firstly, we would like to take your attention and point out that Dark Reader Malware is a legit extension where you can find it here. Just recently Dark Reader Malware and other popular extensions were cloned and encoded with malicious code. If you happen to be one of the unlucky users which installed any of these harmful extensions, we strongly recommend you to continue reading the article below.
Dark Reader Malware
Dark Reader Malware falls into the particularly annoying software category of so-called browser hijackers. As such, Dark Reader Malware basically ‘hijacks’ your browser by modifying some of its main settings.
Dark Reader Malware can take control of most Windows-compatible web browsers and that includes but is not limited to Firefox, Edge and Chrome. As for the settings, let’s start with the most obvious ones. Normally the first symptoms of a hijacker infection are the changes made to the browser homepage and the default search engine. Namely, these will likely be replaced with new ones and you won’t have the option to change them. Well, you will, but as soon as you restart your browser, Dark Reader Malware will reinstate its own search engine and homepage.
Next, you may also notice new browser elements that have been added to its interface such as plug-ins, toolbars, bookmarks, buttons, etc. But the real core of the changes introduced by software of this kind are as follows. Users become the target of vast amounts of online ads that come in every shape and size you can imagine. These range from popups and banners to box messages, in-text links and beyond. Furthermore, it’s very common to start frequently experiencing page redirects as well. These can take place at any point during your session and may take you to some sponsored or page that’s trying to sell you something.
With the above in mind, you may already be out of your mind with frustration over these unwanted changes and advertising practices – and we get it. That’s why our team of experts has designed the below removal guide specifically for this browser hijacker. Simply follow the steps exactly as described in it and you will be hijacker-free in no time. And once you have removed Dark Reader Malware from your PC, you will be able to restore your browser configurations and things will return to normal.
The risks of having Dark Reader Malware on your PC
Browser hijackers like Dark Reader Malware are generally seen as potentially unwanted programs of PUPs. Basically this means that they do not possess the malicious qualities that would help put them in the same bunch as malware like ransomware and Trojan horse viruses. But at the same time they do no benefit the end user in any way and furthermore, their behavior is often rather sneaky and questionable. For one, you probably don’t even know how Dark Reader Malware ended up in your system to begin with, because you certainly didn’t go looking for it on the internet.
Moreover, the activities of this type of software are annoying and frustrating in and of themselves, there’s no question there. But aside from that they also take their toll on your system’s resources and may lead to other unwanted effects in the long-term. You may start to experience browser freezes and crashes, other programs and applications on your machine may begin to suffer in their performance as well, etc. Not to mention how sluggish your system may become overall. And of course there’s also the risk of landing on insecure web locations that may lead to virus infections.
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Remove Dark Reader Malware
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone