Colorian Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by Colorian
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Colorian from Mac?

What is Colorian?

Colorian is an adware-type potentially unwanted application (PUA) that promotes a fake search engine (search.thecolorian.com). Despite this, developers promote Colorian as an app that provides daily 'colouring pages'. Generally, applications such as Colorian are promoted and distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, most people install this app inadvertently.

Colorian adware promoting website

Once installed, Colorian supposedly provides various websites containing original artwork (colouring pages), however, applications that are promoted using the "bundling" method usually also gather data such as queries, IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, etc. Personal details are also recorded. Furthermore, developers of these apps (potentially, cyber criminals) share collected data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, users might start experiencing privacy issues, problems with browsing safety, and even identity theft. Another problem with potentially unwanted programs (PUAs) is that users can encounter intrusive advertisements. These apps employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content (ads) on any site, thereby concealing underlying content. These ads can be annoying and, when clicked, open dubious or even potentially malicious websites. Alternatively, they can execute/run scripts designed to download/install other unwanted apps. Note that Colorian promotes a fake search engine (search.thecolorian.com), and thus users might be forced to visit this website when they open browsers, new browser tabs, or simply search using the URL bar. Furthermore, this search engine records data and its search results are simply generated by Yahoo (the site redirects users to search.yahoo.com if any search query is made). Therefore, Colorian can lead to a number of problems. We recommend that you uninstall this PUA immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by Colorian
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Video Monkey, PDF King, and ZipRar are just some examples of applications that are similar to Colorian and promoted using the "bundling" method. In most cases, apps of this type are promoted as 'useful' - developers present them as legitimate tools, however, they provide no real value for regular users and are designed only to generate revenue.

How did Colorian install on my computer?

Developers promote Colorian through their website, however, these apps are usually are installed unintentionally. This usually happens during installation or download of other regular software. "Bundling" is a deceptive method used to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps together with other software. Typically, this is achieved by hiding information regarding the presence of PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings of the installation/download set-ups. Unwanted installations (or downloads) usually occur when settings are left unchanged or the download/installation process is rushed by skipping steps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid installation of various unwanted applications, choose software download sources/channels with care. Download software using official and trustworthy sources/websites only. Avoid third party downloaders, untrustworthy/unofficial websites, various Peer-to-Peer networks, and so on. Examine each download/installation set-up (all steps), check available options, and settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. Decline offers to download or install additionally-included PUAs and only then finish the installation or download process. Avoid clicking advertisements displayed on untrustworthy websites, since they can redirect to dubious websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc. If you often encounter these ads or unwanted redirects, PUAs might be installed on your browser or operating system. Check extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser and programs on your computer. Remove (uninstall) all unwanted, suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with Colorian, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Website promoting Colorian:

search.thecolorian.com fake search engine promoted using Colorian adware

Instant automatic removal of Ads by Colorian: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by Colorian. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Colorian adware removal:

Remove Colorian-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ads by colorian related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by Colorian removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by colorian related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by colorian related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by colorian related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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