Coloring Hero Adware (Mac)

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

How to remove Coloring Hero from Mac?

What is Coloring Hero?

Coloring Hero is promoted as an app for MacOS operating systems that provides coloring pages. It is presented as a legitimate and useful application, however, Coloring Hero is classified as an adware-type potentially unwanted app (PUA). These apps usually feed users with various online advertisements and collect information relating to users' browsing activity. Most users install Coloring Hero unintentionally.

Coloring Hero adware

When installed, Coloring Hero feeds users with intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. Being forced to view these ads is annoying and, furthermore, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. This is achieved by employing tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Furthermore, ads of this type often cause unwanted redirects. If clicked, they open dubious (potentially, malicious) websites. Intrusive ads also run scripts that download/install other unwanted apps. Therefore, they increase the risk of computer infection with malicious programs. PUAs also collect user-system information such as IP addresses, geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and other details relating to users' browsing habits. Some information might include personal/sensitive data. Developers share the information with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions can lead to privacy/browsing safety issues and some users might have their identities stolen.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by Coloring Hero
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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Coloring Hero is similar to Convixio, VixPlayer, Colorian, and many other adware-type PUAs. These are usually promoted as legitimate software, however, by offering various features and tools, developers attempt to trick people into downloading and using their rogue apps. Unfortunately, most PUAs do not provide any of the functions promised. On the contrary, they cause problems and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers.

How did Coloring Hero install on my computer?

In some cases, potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from their official websites. In this case, there is a website used to promote Coloring Hero and from which this app can be downloaded. Note, however, that users often install these apps inadvertently through clicked deceptive ads or when software developers employ the "bundling" method. They use this method to trick users into installing unwanted applications together with other chosen software. Developers hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections of the download or installation set-ups. Information regarding possible unwanted installations/downloads is not properly disclosed. Despite this, such installations usually occur only when users leave settings unchanged and rush the download/installation procedures.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of unwanted apps, download and install software with care. When downloading, use only official, trustworthy sources and direct links. Avoid using third party downloaders such as torrents and so on. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings when installing software, especially if it is freeware. Deselect offers to install unwanted apps and only then finish the installation process. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially those displayed on untrustworthy websites. If you encounter ads that redirect you to gambling, adult dating and other untrustworthy websites, check your browser and list of installed programs and remove any unknown/unwanted entries (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins, etc). If your computer is already infected with Coloring Hero, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Coloring Hero adware downoader/installer:

Delusive installer used to promote Coloring Hero

Screenshot of the Coloring Hero application:

Coloring Hero application

Instant automatic removal of Ads by Coloring Hero: 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 Coloring Hero. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Coloring Hero adware using Combo Cleaner:

Coloring Hero adware removal:

Remove Coloring Hero-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 coloring hero 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

Ads by Coloring Hero removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by coloring hero 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 coloring hero 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 coloring hero 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.

About the author:

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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