Moon Darker is a browser hijacker that may change the main settings and monitor your activity
Moon Darker can make a profit from clicks on ads and data gathering
Moon Darker is a browser extension that claims to provide a dark mode for websites. However, the application does not have such functions and instead hijacks the browser by changing the main settings – homepage, new tab address, and search engine. Users can also start experiencing an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, banners, and redirects.
Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program
The app changes the main settings of the browser, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine
The application may be collecting data about users' browsing activities; users might get redirected to dangerous websites that can trick them into providing personal information or downloading PUPs and malware
Remove the extension via browser settings; performing a scan with professional security tools is recommended
The browser hijacker was found to be distributed on the Chrome web store. Unfortunately, some hijackers manage to slip through the extensive review process. Such web-based applications can also be spread through bogus “Downloader” pages that use social engineering methods.
On shady “Download” pages you may often see messages, like “Recommended by Chrome.” They are meant to make the app look legitimate and trustworthy. However, sometimes even the name of the extension is not specified on such sites, so people should stay away from them and choose official web stores, and developer sites.
How to distinguish browser hijackers?
Nowadays, browser hijackers are everywhere. The problem is that they are very easy to develop and recreate multiple times. Even though they get into official web stores, there are still some steps you can take to try and identify them. The most important thing to do is research – read the reviews, look at the ratings, and the number of users.
Choose those apps that have plenty of positive feedback and thousands of users. Reading the description is also crucial. Crooks often make grammar or spelling mistakes, so if there are any, that should raise suspicion. Also, stay away from extensions that claim to do outstanding things. If it is too good to be true – it probably is.
Moon Darker is a bogus plugin that does not offer any useful functions
How to remove an unwanted extension?
You can remove add-ons by going to your browser settings. Find the list of extensions and remove Moon Darker. Follow the guide below for detailed instructions:
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.
Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
Click on Uninstall at the bottom.
MS Edge (Chromium)
Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.
Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.
Click Safari > Preferences…
In the new window, pick Extensions.
Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.
How to clear my browser?
Cookies can be used to personalize the user experience – show relevant results. But for crooks, it is just another way to make a profit. They can be sold to advertising networks and other third parties. Cookies can also be hijacked and used for malicious purposes so it is very important to delete them regularly.
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What is adware?
Adware is a program that hides in the background of the machine and generates commercial content. If you have it, simply removing the add-on will not be enough, and the settings will keep changing until you completely eliminate the intruder from your machine. If you want to avoid PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) sneaking into your system, you can apply simple rules during the installation process:
Always choose “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods
The most important part is to check the file list and untick the boxes next to any items that you think are suspicious or unrelated
PUAs are often disguised as “handy” tools to make it more difficult for average users to identify them. The program that is causing the erratic behavior could have any name or icon. We suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:
Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.
Click on Windows Start >Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.
Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
Click OK once the removal process is finished.
From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)
To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:
Select Go > Go to Folder.
Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.
Compatible with Microsoft Windows
Compatible with macOS
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