Remove Mix Colors adware (virus)

What is Mix Colors adware?

Mix Colors is a bogus extension that can significantly impact the browsing experience

Browser extensions can act as adware and cause ad spam

Although Mix Colors is promoted as a useful tool to change website background colors, it is actually a rogue browser extension with adware[1] capabilities. This means that it can cause an increased amount of commercial content, like pop-ups, banners, and redirects. Crooks use such applications to generate revenue.

Changing website colors is not a function that has been demonstrated to work. Such programs frequently fail to deliver the stated advantages, and they’re only used by scammers to create passive income. It’s never a good idea to have useless third-party applications on your PC.

The extension could possibly be using rogue advertising networks that place ads leading to dangerous websites. People could end up on fraudulent pages, sites That attempt to trick them into giving personal information, downloading PUPs (potentially unwanted programs),[2] and even malware.

NAME Mix Colors
TYPE Adware
SYMPTOMS Annoying pop-ups and other types of advertisements start appearing on the screen
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Links embedded in the ads might lead to dangerous websites
ELIMINATION Eliminate the extension through your browser settings; scanning the machine with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to get rid of any remaining damage and to optimize the machine

Distribution methods

Crooks frequently attempt to disguise their programs as “useful” tools, so it’s critical to do your homework. We always advocate for using official app stores. Apps that are listed on the official app market must go through a thorough examination. However, you should still read the reviews, consider the ratings, and look at how popular it is before deciding whether or not to download it.

In addition, scammers may also set up “official” promotional websites for their apps. They aim to make them appear as appealing as possible in order to entice people to download them themselves. It’s worth noting that if something appears too good to be true, it almost certainly is.

Another source of bogus browser extensions is fake downloader pages. As you can see in the picture below, a random website is asking people to download the plugin to be able to proceed to the website. Never obey such requests. Legitimate websites should never ask you to download any software in order to view them.

Mix Colors adwareStay away from unofficial browser extension distributors

Protect your privacy

Almost all web-based applications nowadays use cookies[3] to track user activity. Generally, this is not a bad thing as it helps them personalize the user experience. These small data files can store information such as the websites you visit, links you click on, and things you purchase online.

However, cookies can be used by crooks to generate revenue. They can be sold to advertising networks and other third parties. We recommend using a repair tool like ReimageIntego, which can automatically clear your browsers from cookies and cache, clear up space, fix corrupted files, system errors and optimize the performance of the device.

Remove Mix Colors adware

Mix Colors adware can be removed by going to the browser settings and looking at the extension list. We recommend removing plugins one by one to see if you notice any changes.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Safari

  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Scan your system with anti-malware tools

If you completed all the previous steps but you still experience unwanted symptoms, you should check your system for other PUPs. Most of the time, they are spread through freeware distribution platforms. That is why paying attention during the installation process is crucial.

Always choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The most important step is to check the file list and untick the boxes next to any unrelated applications. For the next step, we suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes.

Manual removal of potentially unwanted programs can sometimes result in the renewal of the infection as users often fail to eliminate all the related files and entries. Besides, crooks often disguise them as “handy” tools so it can be difficult to identify them. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Mac:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2
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