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How to remove refresh color adware from a browser

Also Known As: Ads by refresh color
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is refresh color?

refresh color is the name of a browser extension we discovered on a deceptive website. After downloading and adding it, we learned that it shows annoying advertisements. Apps of this type are classified as advertising-supported apps (adware).

refresh color adware

refresh color in detail

refresh color is described as an application that "refreshes colors for web pages". However, it displays pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and other advertising material. Clicking those ads can open untrustworthy websites, for example, phishing pages, technical support scam pages, download sites for potentially malicious apps, etc.

Also, ads displayed by adware can cause unexpected downloads and even installations. In such cases, ads o this type are designed to run certain scripts. Thus, it is strongly recommended not to have any adware added to a browser or installed on the operating system or trust ads generated by software of this type.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by refresh color
Threat Type Adware
Symptoms Your computer 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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More about adware

There are adware-type apps capable of reading sensitive information (refresh color can read and change data on all visited pages). Also, they can be designed to promote fake search engines by changing the settings of Internet browsers. Most apps of this type are promoted and distributed using deceptive/questionable methods.

More adware examples are Black-Lights, Darknes, and Cash.

How did adware install on my computer?

refresh color gets added to a web browser after following the steps on a deceptive page (a screenshot of that page is provided below). In other cases, apps of this type get installed via fake installers, untrustworthy advertisements, or software bundles. It is uncommon for them to be installed intentionally.

Installers used to distribute unwanted apps include settings (e.g., "Advanced", "Custom") or have checkboxes. Either way, unwanted installations occur after installing programs without changing those settings (without deselecting optional installations).

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications and files from trustworthy/official pages and legitimate stores. Do not use third-party stores, unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources to download them. Do not forget to check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect them before downloading or installing software.

Also, do not trust advertisements on torrent sites, adult dating pages, and other pages of this kind (or agree to receive notifications from such web pages). If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Deceptive page instructing to add the refresh color to a web browser:

refresh color adware deceptive download page

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Quick menu:

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.

refresh color adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing refresh color adware 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 "refresh color" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select them and click "Remove".

Removing refresh color adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by refresh color, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing refresh color adware 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing refresh color adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by refresh color 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 refresh color, 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?

The most common issues with having adware installed on the operating system are diminished Internet browsing experience, manipulated settings of a web browser, poor computer performance, and (or) invaded privacy.

What does adware do?

The purpose of advertising-supported software is to generate advertisements. In some cases, apps of this type gather information about users and (or) hijack web browsers.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware is monetized via affiliate programs and in similar ways. Its developers participate in affiliate programs and get paid for promoting websites, products, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove refresh color adware?

Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all adware-type applications. It is recommended to remove adware automatically to avoid leaving files belonging to adware in the system.

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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 malware activity level today:

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