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How to eliminate Background Colors adware and the ads it displays

Also Known As: Ads by Background Colors
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is "Background Colors"?

While checking out dubious sites that promote software, our researchers found the Background Colors browser extension. It is presented as a tool capable of changing website background colors. However, after analyzing Background Colors, we learned that instead of working as advertised - this extension operates as adware.

Background Colors adware asking for permissions

Background Colors adware overview

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to display ads on visited websites and/or other interfaces. These advertisements push online scams, untrustworthy/harmful webpages software, and even malware. Some intrusive adverts can make stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked.

It is pertinent to mention that any legitimate products encountered via these ads are highly unlikely to be promoted by their actual developers. This endorsement is typically done by scammers who abuse the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

Certain factors may determine if adware displays adverts, e.g., compatible browser/system specs or user geolocation, visits to particular websites, etc. However, whether Background Colors runs intrusive advertisement campaigns is irrelevant - as it endangers device and user safety regardless.

Background Colors has data tracking abilities. Advertising-supported software usually gathers the following information: browsing and search engine histories, personally identifiable details, log-in credentials (usernames/passwords), credit card numbers, and so on. The collected data can be monetized via sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like Background Colors on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Background Colors
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Background Colors
Supposed Functionality Changing website background colors
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Adware examples

We have analyzed thousands of adware-type applications and browser extensions; Good BlockerStrengthtext background, Getting Files, and Auto Play are just some examples of the advertising-supported software that we have inspected recently.

Adware typically looks legitimate and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation and/or purchase with a wide variety of "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, these functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.

How did Background Colors install on my computer?

We acquired Background Colors from a suspicious software-promoting webpage. In addition to such sites, adware is endorsed by scam websites.

These pages are primarily entered via redirects caused by misspelled URLs, sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).

Advertising-supported software is also proliferated using the "bundling" marketing tactic - packing ordinary program installers with unwanted/malicious additions. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.

Intrusive adverts are used to distribute adware as well. Once clicked on, some of these advertisements can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user permission.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software before download/installation and/or purchase. We also advise downloading only from official and verified channels. When installing, it is important to read terms, explore available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions.

Another recommendation is to exercise caution when browsing since fraudulent and malicious material usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive advertisements look harmless yet redirect to unreliable/questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with such adverts/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Background Colors, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshots of the website used to promote Background Colors adware:

Website promoting Background Colors adware 1 Website promoting Background Colors adware 2

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Quick menu:

Background Colors adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Background Colors adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Background Colors", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Background Colors ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Background Colors adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove Background Colors browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Background Colors ads from 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 "Background Colors" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Background Colors ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by background colors, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Background Colors ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

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

Removing Background Colors ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by background colors removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by background colors, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can diminish the browsing experience and system performance. In addition to being a threat to devices, it also endangers user privacy - since advertising-supported software usually collects private data. Furthermore, adware-delivered adverts promote deceptive/malicious content that can cause serious problems (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Adware is designed to enable the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other intrusive ads) on visited webpages and/or different interfaces. Some types can also force-open sites or have data tracking abilities.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers generate revenue mainly via affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, apps, products, services, and so forth.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Background Colors adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and eliminating detected adware-type apps. It must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be an ideal solution. In some instances, even after the adware has been (manually) removed - file leftovers stay hidden within the system. What is more, such remnants may continue running and causing issues. Therefore, advertising-supported software must be removed thoroughly.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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