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Are you seeing similar ads on every website you visit? Turn Off the Lights browser extension never inject ads on a web page. And does not do these types of bad practices to our users. If you see ads on a web page, then you have possibly installed a fake extension in your web browser. Or that is installed automatically by an external application from the internet such as a “downloader program”.
Identifying the Problem:
- Unwanted Similar Ads:
- If you notice an influx of ads labeled as “similar” to the content you’re viewing, it’s likely that a malicious browser extension is at play.
- Strange Browser Behavior:
- Look out for unexpected changes in your browser, such as altered homepage settings, default search engine modifications, or unfamiliar toolbars.
- Performance Issues:
- Malicious extensions can slow down your browser or cause it to crash frequently. If you’re experiencing performance issues, it might be related to a bad extension.
Remove similar ads
These ads are usually caused by malware and are shown mostly on high-traffic websites such as Apple.com, eBay.com, Facebook.com, Hotmail.com, and YouTube.com. Please follow these instructions to remove the malware from your computer:
Go to the Chrome://extensions page and remove any Chrome extensions you do not know you have installed. Clicking on the trash icon right of the “Enabled checkbox” will remove the Chrome extension from your Google Chrome web browser. To make sure there is no content scripting running on the website, restart your Google Chrome browser to make sure similar ads are removed from your browser.
Do you still have this issue? Read this help article on the Google Chrome help center website.
Open your Safari browser app and on the top of the menu bar click Safari. Then go to Preferences ⇒ Extensions and remove any extensions you don’t know you have installed. By clicking on the extension name on the left side, on the Uninstall button. Restart your Safari browser to make sure the similar ads are removed from your browser.
Go to about:addons ⇒ Extensions and remove any extensions you don’t know you have installed. Restart your Firefox browser to make sure the similar ads are removed from your browser.
- Run a full scan of your computer with your antivirus program.
- Run a full malware scan with Malwarebytes (free, and safe to install alongside your antivirus)
- If you see small text under or close to the ads saying
Ads by <something>, visit MalwareTips, and enter the name you see after “Ads by” in the Search Malware box (in the top right corner). Follow the corresponding virus removal guide that should show up.
If you are using Chrome, you can also follow these instructions provided by Google.
More generic malware removal instructions can be also found on MalwareTips’ site.
Despite common misconceptions, Macs are susceptible to malware. This especially applies to adware, a certain type of malware designed to display ads.
- Visit The Safe Mac’s website and follow the Adware Removal Guide. Running a scan with AdwareMedic will usually solve this issue.
- If you have an antivirus installed (e.g. avast), run a full scan of your Mac.
- Follow the instructions provided by Apple on how to remove unwanted adware.
Tip to protect you from ads, malware, etc.
It’s best to install Chrome extensions from the Chrome web store and to read the review on that extension page.
If you need more help contact the Google Chrome help forum and one of the Product Experts will help you further.
Also, do a scan with your antivirus software to make sure there is no virus or trojan horse on your computer. Example with Norton, McAfee, Malwarebytes, or other security companies.
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