What is Dood Colors?
While inspecting suspect software-promoting websites, our research team found the Dood Colors browser extension. This piece of rogue software promises to allow users to change webpage background colors. After analyzing Dood Colors, we determined that it operates as advertising-supported software (adware) instead.
Dood Colors adware overview
Adware enables the placement of advertisements on visited websites and/or other interfaces. The ads endorse online scams, unreliable/hazardous webpages and apps, and even malware. Some intrusive adverts can be triggered (by being clicked) to perform downloads/installations without user permission.
It is pertinent to mention that while legitimate products can be encountered via these advertisements, they are unlikely to be promoted by their actual developers. Instead, this endorsement is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Advertising-supported software might not deliver advertisements if certain conditions are unsuitable (e.g., incompatible browser/system or user geolocation, particular sites not visited, etc.). However, regardless of whether Dood Colors displays adverts - its presence on a system endangers device/user safety.
What is more, Dood Colors has data tracking functionalities. Targeted information can include: visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, financial/banking data, etc. The gathered information can be monetized through sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of software like Dood Colors on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Dood Colors|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Dood Colors|
|Supposed Functionality||Changing webpage 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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
This software typically appears ordinary and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation and/or purchase with promises of various functionalities. However, these features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
How did Dood Colors install on my computer?
We obtained Dood Colors from a dubious download webpage. In addition to such pages, adware is promoted on scam sites. Most users either websites that push this software via redirects caused by mistyped URLs, pages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).
Additionally, advertising-supported software can be bundled (packed together) with ordinary programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive adverts spread adware as well. Once clicked on, some of the advertisements can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. When installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out of all additional apps, extensions, tools, features, etc.
We advise being vigilant when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive advertisements look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such advertisements/redirects, check the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Dood Colors, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the website used to promote Dood Colors adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Dood Colors?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Dood Colors application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Dood Colors ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Dood Colors' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Dood Colors extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Dood Colors adware 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 "Dood Colors", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Dood Colors ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Dood Colors adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Dood Colors" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dood colors, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Dood Colors" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by dood colors 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dood colors, 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.
Commonly, 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 decrease browsing quality and system performance. It usually has data tracking functionalities, which make this software a threat to user privacy. Furthermore, adware-delivered advertisements promote deceptive/malicious content and cause serious issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It displays ads on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Additionally, some adware-types can cause redirects and gather private data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers generate most of their profit via affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, applications, products, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Dood Colors adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate installed adware-type apps. Note that manual removal (unaided by security software) might be ineffective. In some cases, even after the advertising-supported software has been (manually) removed - various remnants (files) stay hidden in the system. Furthermore, the remaining content can continue to run and cause issues. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate adware thoroughly.