What kind of application is color darker?
We have found the installer for the color darker application on multiple deceptive websites. While analyzing the color darker application, we learned that it hijacks a web browser by changing some of its settings to wwmnnl.com (a fake search engine).
color darker in detail
At the time of the research, we discovered that the behavior of wwmnnl.com depends on the IP address. It can redirect to search.yahoo.com (via news-homepage.com), websearches.club, and possibly other addresses - wwmnnl.com can show results generated by legitimate and shady search engines.
We have tested plenty of fake search engines and found that they can show misleading results (display links to untrustworthy pages). Thus, it is never recommended to trust fake search engines, especially when they are promoted by browser hijackers that are distributed using deceptive pages.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||color darker|
|Supposed Functionality||Dark mode for web browsers|
|Detection Names (wwmnnl.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser hijackers in general
Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing the settings of web browsers. In some cases, they do not change settings but open fake search engines on certain occasions anyway. Pretty often, browser-hijacking apps can access/collect various data. More examples of apps of this type are one dark, Duty-Search, PremiumSearch.
How did color darker install on my computer?
color darker (its installer) is distributed using deceptive websites (websites designed to trick visitors into causing unwanted downloads/installations). Also, it may be bundled together with other software (included in downloaders/installers as an optional download/installation).
Browsers get hijacked via installers for other programs when users install software without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. In some cases, unexpected downloads/installations are caused by clicking on deceptive advertisements.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download programs (and files) from official websites and via direct links. Avoid using other sources for downloading them. Check downloaders and installers for optional downloads or installations and deselect them. Also, do not trust advertisements appearing on shady websites.
If your computer is already infected with color darker, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Wwmnnl.com redirects to news-homepage.com and search.yahoo.com (GIF):
Websites promoting color darker browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is color darker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall color darker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove color darker browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove wwmnnl.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove wwmnnl.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
color darker browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "color darker"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the wwmnnl.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
color darker browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove color darker browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "color darker" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "color darker", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.wwmnnl.com) 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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "wwmnnl.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the color darker redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "color darker", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "color darker", remove hxxp://wwmnnl.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with color darker redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the color darker redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit wwmnnl.com website?
The revenue of the page creators directly depends on the number of visitors. Thus, they seek to make that number as high as possible.
Is visiting wwmnnl.com a threat to my privacy?
Pretty often, websites like wwmnnl.com (and browser-hijacking applications) can gather various information about their users.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
A big part of browser hijackers is distributed using social engineering tactics, such as browser notifications, intrusive advertisements. Also, apps of this type can be distributed by bundling them with other programs (using software bundles).
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove color darker browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser hijackers. When multiple browser hijackers are present, they can reinstall one another. It can be difficult to remove all browser hijackers at once manually in such cases. Multiple browser hijackers can be easily removed using specialized software such as Combo Cleaner.