Search.coloringhero.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.coloringhero.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.coloringhero.com?

Identical to search.convertallfiles.com, search.playeti.com, search.byoml.com, and many others, search.coloringhero.com is a fake web search engine that supposedly enhances web browsing experience by generating improved search results. Judging on the appearance alone, search.coloringhero.com seems completely appropriate and handy. However, it is worth mentioning that developers promote this website by using a browser-hijacking adware called Coloring Hero. In addition, search.coloringhero.com (as well as Coloring Hero) continually gathers various information about user's web browsing habits.

search.coloringhero.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Coloring Hero is designed to promote search.coloringhero.com by hijacking the most popular web browsers (Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) and modifying new tab URL, default search engine, homepage options by assigning to search.coloringhero.com. Changes of this type aren't significant. Nevertheless, users are unable to revert them, because search.coloringhero.com continues to reassign said settings every time attempts to change them are made. Ultimately users have no choice but to visit search.coloringhero.com every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. Redirects of this type significantly diminish web browsing experience. It is worth noting that search.coloringhero.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com every time a search query is entered. Users simply end up searching the web via Yahoo search engine. This makes search.coloringhero.com completely irrelevant and useless. Another significant downside is information tracking. Research results show that search.coloringhero.com continually gathers search queries, IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other data relating to user's web browsing activity. The problem is that collected information might contain personal details as well. On top of that, developers share collected data with third parties in exchange for money. These persons continue to misuse received information to generate even more revenue. This means that information tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues. We highly recommend to eliminate unwanted applications like Coloring Hero and never visit search.coloringhero.com site again.

As mentioned above, search.coloringhero.com is completely identical to a number of other fake web search engines. In fact, all websites of this type are very similar. By offering "useful features" (improved search results, weather forecast, quick access to popular websites, etc.) fake search engines create the impression of legitimacy/usefulness. Yet their true and only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Hence, instead of giving any real value for the user, fake search engines cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby decreasing web browsing experience and posing direct threat to user's privacy. It is also worth noting that some fake search engines are designed to generate fake results and/or feed users with intrusive advertisements. Both typically lead to unreliable websites. Hence, usage may eventually lead to various computer infections.

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

Coloring Hero does have an official download website. However, it is very like to infiltrate computers without asking for a permission. That's because developers proliferate it by using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. intrusive advertisements are designed to redirect users to malicious websites and run scripts designed to download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling" is a stealth installation of third party applications together with the regular software. Developers conceal "bundled" apps under various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced" settings) of download/installation processes. What's frustrating is that users often carelessly click on various advertisements and skip most of download/installation steps. Behavior like this often leads to inadvertent installations of third party applications. Users merely expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation users must be very cautious when downloading/installing software, as well as browsing the Internet. Always be sure to select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of download/installation dialogs. While doing so, opt-out additionally included programs and decline all offers to download/install such. We advise you to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most of these tools are monetized using the "bundling" method (developers promote rogue apps). Instead, desired software should be downloaded only from official sources, using direct download links. Moreover, keep in mind that intrusive advertisements usually look completely appropriate. Once clicked, however, ads expose themselves by redirecting to unreliable websites (gambling, pornography, survey, and similar). Such advertisements are usually delivered by adware-type apps (such as Coloring Hero). For this reason, users who encounter questionable ads/redirects frequently should immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting Coloring Hero unwanted application:

Dubious website used to promote search.coloringhero.com

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.coloringhero.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.coloringhero.com redirect removal:

Remove search.coloringhero.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 search.coloringhero.com 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.

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.

search.coloringhero.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.coloringhero.com 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 search.coloringhero.com 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 search.coloringhero.com 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.