Search.weheartcoloring.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: We Heart Coloring browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.weheartcoloring.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.weheartcoloring.com?

Search.weheartcoloring.com is a fake search engine, one of the many search engines of this type on the Internet. It is promoted using a We Heart Coloring potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. This app is presented as an app that it designed to provide its users with a variety of free colouring-related pages. However, most PUAs of this type are designed to modify affected web browser's settings and to gather various data.

search.weheartcoloring.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

We Heart Coloring app can be installed on web browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Once it is, it makes search.weheartcoloring.com as a default search engine, homepage and new tab's URL. In other words, We Heart Coloring app is designed to force its users to visit this website when they open a new browser window (or a browser itself), new tab or enter a search query into a browser's URL bar. This app also makes sure that any of these settings could not be undone/changed - it reassigns them the second an attempt to modify them is made. Simply said, people are forced to visit search.weheartcoloring.com as long as We Heart Coloring app is installed. Furthermore, fake search engines and browser hijackers usually are designed to collect various data as well. They gather details such as IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, search queries and so on. Besides, there is always a chance that they might record some personal, sensitive information too. Their developers share all the collected data with third parties (it might include criminals as well) who misuse received information to generate revenue.

There are many fake search engines that are being promoted using various browser hijackers. As a rule, they are promoted as useful, legitimate and so on. However, their developers present them as such only to trick people into using them. Unfortunately, if used, most of these unwanted apps or their fake search engines do not provide their users with any positive outcome (promised features, tools etc.). On the contrary, by using them people often end up experiencing various privacy, browsing safety and other issues. Search.elifaint.com, search.ranimaker.com and weknow.start.me are a few examples of other fake search engines that are promoted using some potentially unwanted app.

How did search.weheartcoloring.com install on my computer?

We Heart Coloring app is promoted using its website. However, that is not the only way that is being used to promote it. As we mentioned earlier, most people install apps of this type unintentionally: by clicking various ads or when software developers use a "bundling" method. It is a deceptive marketing method that software developers use to trick people into installing potentially unwanted apps within software that users actually want to install/download. To achieve it, developers hide information about bundled apps in "Custom"/"Advanced" options or settings of the download and/or installation processes. Quite often people skip the installation steps without paying attention to the details and by doing so they unknowingly allow various PUAs to be installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to be careful when downloading and installing various software, or browsing the Internet. Do not use various untrustworthy websites, third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks or other similar tools to download software. Use only official, trustworthy websites and direct links for that. We do not recommend to skip/rush installation steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other available similar options, settings first. Dismiss any offers to download or install some unwanted applications and only then finish the download/installation procedure. Avoid clicking on various suspicious (intrusive) ads, especially if they are displayed on questionable, unofficial websites.These ads may look legitimate, however, once clicked, they often cause redirects to websites such as adult dating, pornography, gambling and other websites of this kind. If unwanted redirects happen quite often, then we recommend to check all the extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed a web browser (or programs on a computer) and uninstall any unwanted, unknown entries as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting search.weheartcoloring.com:

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers to search.weheartcoloring.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.weheartcoloring.com redirect removal:

Remove search.weheartcoloring.com 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 we heart coloring browser hijacker 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.

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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.

We Heart Coloring browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove we heart coloring browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

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

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove we heart coloring browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

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

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove we heart coloring browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

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