What Is Retina Defense?
Do you suddenly have a browser extension called Retina Defense “attached” to your browser without your approval or consent? If you don’t recall downloading the extension yourself, it may have sneaked into your system inside a bundled installer.
The extension is advertised as a tool that enables dark mode browsing. However, most unwanted apps fail to provide the promised functionality, proving to be a nuisance to users. Regardless of the way Retina Defense got into your computer, the extension may not be safe to use as it falls into the category of adware. As a result of its installation, you may experience intrusive advertisements.
Your regular browsing could be challenged by the appearance of ads, pop-ups, and push notifications. These could redirect you to suspicious pages created to trick you into installing a rogue application or revealing some information about you.
Is Retina Defense a Virus?
Even though Retina Defense is not really a computer virus, it could create various risks for your computer and expose it to other threats. The longer such unwanted applications are running on your system, the more susceptible it becomes to more serious threats, including trojans and ransomware.
Long story short, we would advise you to check whether your system is safe by running an anti-malware scan. Instructions to do so are available at the end of this article.
Note. The web is full of apps similar to Retina Defense. Some of them may even turn out to be malicious. Last year, more than 500 malicious Chrome extensions have been removed from Google’s Web Store, all of which were discovered to be part of a large malvertising campaign. The extensions contained malicious ads and were siphoning users’ browsing data to suspicious servers.
So, never underestimate the risks of having rogue extensions installed on your browser.
Retina Defense Summary
|Type||Adware, PUP, Browser Extension|
|Short Description||A suspicious browser extension that may promise to deliver dark mode browsing, but could instead flood you with sponsored search results and intrusive ads.|
|Symptoms||Your regular browsing is interrupted by an increased number of online ads. Your browser’s settings are changed.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Poorly Secured Websites|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Retina Defense.|
Retina Defense – Why Do I Have It Installed?
The browser extension is mainly promoted via its official website retinadefense.com. The page lacks any sufficient information about the browser utility, only claiming that it “protects your eyes in low light”. The page also asks you to leave your email address, but doing so may compromise your privacy and therefore, it is not recommended. The page also features a download button. However, we advise against interacting with any of the content that Retina Defense provides.
The browser extension may also be available for download on various third-party download pages. In addition, it may also be included in the installation packages of other applications. This method is known ad bundling and is described below.
Shortly said, apart from being promoted on its official site, there are two other distribution channels that may have caused the appearance of the ad-supported program in your system.
- Bundled installers
The most common method used by third-party developers to promote their shady products is bundling. Thanks to bundling, shady companies can promote potentially unwanted applications as additional downloads in freeware installers. These apps may not be malicious but they can be very irritating and difficult to remove. Furthermore, the longer an unwanted app is running on your system, the more vulnerable it becomes to other, more severe threats.
Note. Bundling is not illegal but it often causes unwanted, additional downloads, even of legitimate products. To avoid it from happening, you should be more careful during the installation steps of freeware applications.
- Interacting with suspicious content, fake pop-ups, online scams
If you tend to visit dubious websites, your browser may be flooded with ads promoting various shady products. If you are tricked by such an ad, you may end up downloading a product that you believe is useful. However, the program turns out to be ad-supported, or adware, as you start seeing various ads, banners, and pop-ups.
That being said, programs such as Retina Defense often have their own websites where they can be downloaded from. They can also be promoted on third-party download platforms. We advise you to be more vigilant when choosing your software. Research the program carefully prior to downloading it. Of course, this advice goes to programs that are not well-known and may turn out to be suspicious or even hacked.
If you have decided that you need to remove the extension from your system, them jump to the last paragraph which offers specific instructions.
How to Remove Retina Defense Adware
To get rid of Retina Defense along with any associated files, you should complete several removal steps. If you want to make sure that no undesired and potentially harmful files are running on your system, we recommend that you follow the guide to the end. Keep in mind that some of the installed files may be named in a way not related to the PUPs’a name, so that they can be hard to find, and therefore hard to remove.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Retina Defense from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Retina Defense on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Retina Defense in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Retina Defense from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Retina Defense from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Retina Defense from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Retina Defense from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Retina Defense Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Retina Defense from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Retina Defense
Step 2: Uninstall Retina Defense and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Retina Defense on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Retina Defense there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Retina Defense from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Retina Defense and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Retina Defense via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Retina Defense files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Retina Defense, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Retina Defense from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Retina Defense from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Retina Defense from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Retina Defense from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Retina Defense will be removed.
Eliminate Retina Defense from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Retina Defense from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".