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 search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.coloringhero.com may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers promote this website using a browser-hijacking adware called Coloring Hero. In addition, search.coloringhero.com and Coloring Hero continually gather information relating to users' browsing habits.

search.coloringhero.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Coloring Hero promotes search.coloringhero.com by hijacking popular browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox and assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.coloringhero.com. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them, since search.coloringhero.com continues to reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Ultimately, users are encouraged to visit search.coloringhero.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. These redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, search.coloringhero.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com each time a search query is entered. Thus, users simply end up searching via the Yahoo search engine, rendering search.coloringhero.com irrelevant and useless. Another significant downside is information tracking. Research shows that search.coloringhero.com continually gathers search queries, IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other data relating to browsing activity. Collected information might contain personal details that developers share with third parties to generate revenue. These people continue to misuse private information to generate even more revenue. Thus, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues. We strongly recommend that you eliminate unwanted applications such as Coloring Hero and never visit search.coloringhero.com.

Threat Summary:
Namesearch.coloringhero.com browser hijacker
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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Note that search.coloringhero.com is identical to a number of other fake search engines. In fact, all websites of this type are very similar. By offering "useful features" (improved results, weather forecasts, quick access to popular websites, etc.), fake search engines attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, they cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a direct threat to your privacy. Fake search engines generate bogus results and often feed users with intrusive advertisements, both of which typically lead to dubious websites. Therefore, using them can lead to various computer infections.

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

Coloring Hero has an official download website, however, it often infiltrates computers without users’ permission, since developers proliferate it using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements redirect users to malicious websites and run scripts designed to download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications with regular software. Developers conceal "bundled" apps within various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced") of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often click advertisements and skip download/installation steps, which often leads to inadvertent installation of third party applications. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most of these tools are monetized using the "bundling" method (developers promote rogue apps). Download your software from official sources only, using direct download links. Furthermore, bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, however, once clicked, redirect to dubious websites (gambling, pornography, survey, and similar). These advertisements are usually delivered by adware-type apps (such as Coloring Hero). If you encounter dubious ads/redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting Coloring Hero unwanted application:

Dubious website used to promote search.coloringhero.com

Instant automatic removal of search.coloringhero.com browser hijacker: 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 search.coloringhero.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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.

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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.

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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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