EyeEase browser extension Removal Guide
What is EyeEase browser extension?
EyeEase is a browser extension that promises dark more but fills users' browsers with ads
EyeEase is a browser-hijacker that shows intrusive ads
EyeEase is an unwanted application that comes bundled with other software you might download from third-party websites. It's often installed unintentionally. In some cases, its promised function – to provide a dark mode for all the pages visited while browsing the web – might lure users into installing it as well, however.
Once installed, EyeEase will change your browser preferences – such as your default search engine. You may notice that your searches are no longer being provided by your preferred engine (like Google.com) but instead are being shown by an alternative provider – which might not be legitimate or trustworthy. Which one of them is used depends on your location, usually.
Therefore, the search results from different providers are not identical, and the top ones may be sponsored links. This allows the app developers to receive revenue from pay-per-click advertisements, which work efficiently since many people click on the first few results. If you want to regain control of your browser, you should uninstall the EyeEase add-on. We've put up a complete guide on how to remove it and how to check for other PUPs and malware in the system.
|Type||Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted application|
|Distribution||Bundled software, third-party websites, misleading ads|
|Symptoms||Homepage and new tab address hijacked by the extension; promotional links are displayed as top search results; intrusive ads on various visited websites|
|Risks||Installation of other potentially unwanted programs/malware, personal data disclosure to unknown parties, monetary loss|
|Removal||Remove the undesirable browser extension by going to your browser's settings. Using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software to check the system can also ensure that no malware is running in the background|
|Other tips||After you have deleted all browser hijackers and other PUPs from your system, remember to clean your web browsers and repair any damaged system files. You can do all of that automatically with ReimageIntego|
The dark mode is just a pretense
We all know how sensitive the eyes can be if the PC is used during the night hours without a light, and it can be pretty frustrating. Well, EyeEase seemingly has a solution for you – to allow you to switch to dark mode on demand and make all websites you browse to use it, releasing the pressure on the eyes.
While it may sound incredibly useful on paper, it is not as beneficial as one may think in terms of what a browser-hijacking extension actually brings to the table. First of all, these apps might fail to work and never provide the feature they are advertising. Secondly, browser hijacker authors always have ulterior motives, which is monetization via the ads.
There's nothing wrong with it per se, it's just users are unaware that they would be exposed to such material initially. To make matters worse, EyeEase might promote insecure links, which would lead to the installation of other potentially unwanted applications. Likewise, ads can often be intrusive and misleading, and nobody wants to be exposed to that.
Browser hijackers can spread via bundling, redirects, and deceptive ads
If you want a solution when it comes to dark mode, there are plenty of alternatives to the browser hijacker. For example, you may force the dark mode on Chrome by typing in chrome://flags in the browser's URL bar and then searching for “dark mode” via the search box. Choose Enabled instead of Default via the drop-down menu, and you are done. Another solution would be looking for extensions that don't harass you with ads, and there are plenty to choose from.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications explained
There are plenty of browser-hijacking applications that pretend to be useful by enabling the dark mode on all websites, all meanwhile exposing users to unwanted ads and browser settings changes (View Dark, Remain Dark, and Like Dark are just a few examples we've already described in the past).
Therefore, we recommend you remove EyeEase and check out for alternative solutions we provided in the previous section of the article. Since the app spreads as a browser extension, you should remove if via your browser.
Before you proceed with these steps, you should first make sure that your system is secure and not infected with more dangerous threats such as Trojans or rootkits – SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes can help you with that by performing a full system scan and removing everything malicious at once.
- Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
- In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the window's top-right).
- Select Add-ons.
- In here, select the unwanted plugin and click Remove.
MS Edge (Chromium)
- Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
- Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.
- Click Safari > Preferences…
- In the new window, pick Extensions.
- Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
- Pick Manage Add-ons.
- You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.
The EyeEase browser add-on, like any other potentially unwanted program, aims to increase pay-per-click revenue by exposing users to various advertisements when they surf the web. For this plan to work, the PUP needs access to certain user data to provide more relevant advertising tailored to their interests.
The hijacker then employs cookies, web beacons, pixels, and other technologies to gain various types of information about online user activities. This can include clicks on links, visited websites, technical device data like browsing preferences and approximate location, and the IP address.
In order to stop this, you should clear your web data which would remove cookies used for data gathering. If you want a quick solution here, we recommend trying ReimageIntego, as not only can it clean your browser and system from leftover files but also fix any damage related or unrelated to malware, resolving various computer issues in the process.
- Click on Menu and pick Settings.
- Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
- Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
- Click Clear data.
- Click Menu and pick Options.
- Go to Privacy & Security section.
- Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
- Click on Clear Data…
- Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content, and press Clear.
MS Edge (Chromium)
- Click on Menu and go to Settings.
- Select Privacy and services.
- Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
- Under Time range, pick All time.
- Select Clear now.
- Click Safari > Clear History…
- From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
- Confirm with Clear History.
- Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
- Select Reset.
- In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset.
How to prevent from getting browser hijacker
Protect your privacy – employ a VPN
There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals.
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