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Go.coloringmaster.net Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Coloring Master browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is go.coloringmaster.net?

go.coloringmaster.net is presented as a legitimate search engine. Developers promise an enhanced browsing experience (faster searches, improved results, and so on), however, this site is promoted via a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Coloring Master.

When installed, apps of this type change browser settings. Additionally, Coloring Master and go.coloringmaster.net collect information relating to users' browsing activity.

go.coloringmaster.net browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Most browser hijackers target popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. If installed, Coloring Master assigns the homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL to go.coloringmaster.net.

Therefore, people with this app installed on their systems are forced to visit go.coloringmaster.net when they open their browsers (new windows), new tabs, or enter search queries into the URL bar. None of these settings can be changed (undone) as long as Coloring Master is installed. The only way to avoid having to visit go.coloringmaster.net is to uninstall the browser hijacker.

Although go.coloringmaster.net is presented as a legitimate search engine, it is useless and categorized as a fake search engine. When a search query is entered, it redirects users to search.yahoo.com - a legitimate search engine by Yahoo. Therefore, search.yahoo.com provides all search results, rather than any unique results by go.coloringmaster.net.

Furthermore, Coloring Master and its associated fake search engine collect various data including, for example, entered search queries, IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. Some browser hijackers and fake search engines also record personal details.

Developers continually share the information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.

These actions can lead to problems with browsing safety, online privacy, and other issues. It is possible that using browser hijackers and dubious search engines could lead to identity theft. We suggest that you uninstall Coloring Master and avoid using these lesser-known search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Coloring Master browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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go.coloringmaster.net is very similar to go.paradiskus.com, go.bonefreeze.com, go.pagazonia.com, and many other search engines of this type.

Their developers present them as legitimate and useful search tools. They often include various additional features and tools. Unfortunately, few of these search engines operate as promised and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by collecting data and causing unwanted redirects.

How did go.coloringmaster.net install on my computer?

Coloring Master is available for download on its website, however, browser hijackers/PUAs are more commonly downloaded and installed unintentionally through clicked intrusive ads or "bundling", a deceptive marketing method that often allows third party apps to be stealthily installed together with other software.

To achieve this, developers do not properly disclose information about the inclusion of PUAs in software download/installation set-ups - they hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" settings. Despite this, unwanted downloads and installations do not happen if people download and install software carefully and check all settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not download software from unofficial websites or using torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, and so on.

The safest way to download is using direct links and official websites. Downloads and installations should be handled carefully: check all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options - dismiss offers to install/download unwanted apps. Only then finish the software download or installation process. Furthermore, avoid clicking on ads, especially on dubious websites.

These may seem legitimate, however, developers invest time and money into their design. When clicked, these ads usually redirect people to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on.

If you experience regular redirects or intrusive ads, they might be caused by installed adware-type (or other) unwanted apps. Remove all unwanted/suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) from your browser and programs of this kind from the operating system.

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 go.coloringmaster.net:

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Quick menu:

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go.coloringmaster.net redirect removal:

Remove go.coloringmaster.net-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 browser hijacker-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

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

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for browser hijacker generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

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

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by browser hijackers - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Browser hijacker commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for browser hijacker generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

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

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for browser hijacker generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

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

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by browser hijackers - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Browser hijacker commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for browser hijacker generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

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

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

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

Remove browser hijackers from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove Safari browser hijackers:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

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

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

Change your homepage:

Change Safari homepage

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:

Change Safari default search engine

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labeled "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.

Google Chrome logoRemove Google Chrome browser hijackers:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

Change your homepage

Change Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable the malicious extension (if present), look for a browser hijacker URL below the "Open a specific or set of pages" option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select "Remove".

Change your default search engine:

Change Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for a browser hijacker URL, when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".

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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

Change your homepage

Change Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable malicious extension (if present), remove the browser hijacker URL and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Change Mozilla Firefox default search engine - step 1

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and press Enter. Click "Accept the Risk and Continue".

Change Mozilla Firefox default search engine - step 2

In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled". Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

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

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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