What is visible dark?
visible dark is the title of a browser extension offered by daviddlewishcd for the Google Chrome Web Store and for use with the Google Chrome web browser and browsers that utilize the Chorium framework.
The visible dark extension is self-described as a free browser extension that allows you to view simple websites in dark mode. The overview page in the Chrome Web Store shows an image of a website with a black background.
Does visible dark work?
After reviewing the visible dark extension for Google chrome we found that the extension functioned as advertised. The visible dark extension for Google Chrome was able to successfully change the style of some simple websites including Wikipedia and Yahoo; however, the extension failed to change the style and background of websites like Google and ours.
The extension currently has 0 reviews and over 2,000 users in the Chrome Web Store which may indicate that the extension has been exposed to users by deceptive means or by force.
Is visible dark safe?
No, the visible dark extension for Google Chrome is not safe to use. While testing the extension for Google Chrome it showed pop-up advertisements as well as automatically redirected the searches we performed on Google’s website to an interceptor website and then to Yahoo.com. The extension is not promoted as a search tool nor does it list the ability to change search settings in its permissions. Although, the extension does not technically change search settings it has found a loophole to redirect the legitimate performed search to another website once it has been searched.
As mentioned the visible dark website will redirect searches performed on a default search engine to an interceptor website before it redirects the search to Yahoo.com or another search engine. This is typically done to install data files and track users online once they reach the URL before they are redirected again.
In addition, the visible dark extension provides a high privacy and security risk because it is often advertised in advertisements by malicious third-party advertising networks that are known to show ads for malware, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), and other serious security threats and it reads and changes private information. When the extension is installed it has permission to read your browsing history and read and change all your data on the websites you visit even when in incognito mode.
How to remove visible dark
Follow these instructions to remove the visible dark extension from Chrome:
- Open Chrome
- Go to Customize and control Google Chrome > More Tools > Extensions
- Find the visible dark extension and click the Remove button
Although visible dark is a browser extension that can be removed like other any other browser extension it is still promoted in advertisements by questionable third-party advertising networks that promote malware and potential threats and the extension is often promoted on websites that aren’t essentially permitted to use legitimate ad services like Google due to the content they contain such as malware, scams, copyrighted content, and torrents. Due to these factors, it is strongly advised to scan your computer or device for malware and potential threats that put your privacy at risk.
Follow these instructions to automatically remove malware with Malwarebytes. We recommend Malwarebytes as they have a free version, a free trial of the Premium version, and a Premium version that can all scan and remove malware. The only difference between the free versions and other others is that the free version is only a scan and removal tool while the others contain active protection that can stop malware in real and other security features that keep you protected online.
- Download the Malwarebytes setup file for the version you wish to use.
- Locate the setup file (MBSetup.exe) and open it to begin the installation process.
- Once Malwarebytes is installed click the Scan button.
- When finished, Malwarebytes will show a list of results including the detection names. Click the Quarantine button to remove all selected threats.
- Malwarebytes may require a system reboot. If so, restart your computer to complete the process.