What kind of application is border colors?
border colors is the name of a browser extension that supposedly puts border colors on layouts of websites. Our team discovered this app while inspecting various deceptive pages (it is promoted on several shady pages). During the examination, we found that border colors shows annoying advertisements. Thus, we classified border colors as adware.
border colors adware in detail
Usually, advertising-supported apps like border colors display intrusive pop-up ads, coupons, banners, surveys, and other advertising material. Apart from being annoying, those ads can open untrustworthy websites. Clicking them can lead to phishing pages, technical support sites, fake giveaway pages, etc.
Also, ads displayed by border colors may cause unexpected downloads and installations. Advertisements can only download or install unwanted software when designed to run certain scripts. Another reason not to trust border colors is that it can read and change all data on all visited websites. Accessed data can be misused for malicious purposes.
|Name||Ads by border colors|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
Adware developers often disclose the fact that their software shows advertisements. Moreover, they promote their software as legitimate and useful software. A big part of adware is distributed using deceptive methods. Thus, most users download and install it unintentionally.
How did adware install on my computer?
We found that websites promoting border colors claim that an important Chrome update is available and adding an extension to a browser to "complete steps" or "continue" is required. border colors gets added to a web browser after following the instructions provided on those deceptive websites.
Also, adware is often distributed via fake installers and software bundles. In the second case, users install adware alongside other software when they do not change "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings before finishing installations. Sometimes, adware can be installed by clicking advertisements designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not use questionable websites, Peer-to-Peer networks, free file hosting sites, etc., as sources for downloading apps and files. Always use legitimate (official) pages and stores to download software. Also, do not trust advertisements on torrent sites, adult pages, and similar pages, or allow these sites to show notifications.
Deselect optional (unwanted) downloads and installations before downloading and installing software. Never trust pop-ups that offer to download software. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Shady websites promoting border colors adware (GIF):
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- What is border colors?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 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:
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 "border colors" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by border 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by border 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 border 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 slow down a browser and a computer, diminish the web browsing experience, and even invade privacy. Sometimes, adware can be used as part of a malspam campaign.
What does adware do?
Advertising-supported software is called so because it shows unwanted advertisements. Additionally, software of this type can be designed to gather various data and have the qualities of a browser hijacker.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most adware developers participate in affiliate programs to monetize adware. They use adware to promote websites, products, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove border colors adware?
Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove adware (and other unwanted software). Adware can be difficult to remove completely manually (without leaving any of its data in the operating system). Thus, it is recommended to remove it automatically with Combo Cleaner.