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Remove Ads by LightsOff

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as LightsOff ads, LightsOff virus, LightsOff adware | Type: Adware

What is LightsOff?

Developed by Coffee and Comfort Apps LLC, LightsOff is yet another application, which aroused various discussions on the Internet. Some people (probably promoters and affiliates of this app) claim that it’s a very handy application that perfectly works on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, And Internet Explorer. They claim that it enhances the quality of online videos, “set the mood and dim the lights” when needed. However, security experts have a ‘slightly’ different point of view towards this program. They claim that it’s yet another adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which may not only initiate unwanted activities on your machine, but may even infiltrate your computer without asking for an appropriate permission. As soon as LightsOff virus is installed, it may activate cookies or tracking software on your web browser and start accumulating search terms, most frequently visited websites, data entered in them, clicks, IP address, email address, PC’s location and so on. Such data is usually used for advertising purposes; however, who knows where else third parties may apply it. By the way, once this adware hijacks web browsers, it may start initiating commercial advertisements on every websites that you visit. Usually, LightsOff ads inform about various deals, discounts, lowest prices, coupons and so on. However, we highly recommend you to stay away from each of them since in reality they may be filled with links to unknown, suspicious or even unsafe third party websites. Therefore, if you have already started experiencing LightsOff redirects to unfamiliar websites and other inconveniences that might indicate that this adware hides in your machine, we highly recommend you to check you machine with Reimage (Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Mac OS X). You can do that manually as well (the guide is given at the end of this article); however, we highly recommend you to remove LightsOff virus automatically in order to get rid related registries and other PUPs that might also entered your machine via freeware.

How can LightsOff hijack my computer?

LightsOff is promoted via its official website; however, it can seldom be found spreading on its own. Users are usually introduced with it during the installation of another freeware. That’s because it’s developers (Developed by Coffee and Comfort Apps LLC) rely on a misleading distribution method, which allows distributing this app as a ‘recommended’ application along with other freewares. Be aware that it may be added to any kind of free program despite it’s reliability, functions, and other things. Therefore, to prevent installing LightsOff adware, you should select Advanced or Custom installation option whenever you decide to install a freeware and carefully follow the entire installation wizard. In order to keep your computer PUP-free, it’s a must to detect all ‘additional components’ that may spread along with the freeware and opt out of them.

If you have installed LightsOff virus manually from it’s official website, most probably your web browser’s homepage and search engine have also been modified since this adware is promoted along with a suspicious search toolbar on the official website.

How to remove LightsOff virus?

Manual and automatic LightsOff removal guidelines can be found below:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove LightsOff ads, follow these steps:

Delete LightsOff from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall LightsOff and related programs
    Here, look for LightsOff or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase LightsOff from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for LightsOff or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of LightsOff from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for LightsOff and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete LightsOff removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall LightsOff ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, LightsOff should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate LightsOff from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select LightsOff and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete LightsOff removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove LightsOff from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select LightsOff and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete LightsOff removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete LightsOff from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for LightsOff or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete LightsOff removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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