Border Colors

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 11,700
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 79
First Seen: October 19, 2022
Last Seen: September 5, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The 'Border Colors' browser extension's main feature is supposed to be the ability to add border colors to the layouts of visited websites. However, when users install the application on their systems, they will quickly realize that it also is intrusive adware. Indeed, the Border Colors will be responsible for the appearance of annoying and intrusive advertisements on the device. According to infosec researchers, the browser extension is being distributed through shady and deceptive websites. The reliance on such dubious distribution methods makes the Border Colors a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) as well.

In general, adware applications are designed to deliver unwanted promotional banners, pop-ups, notifications, etc., to users' devices. The advertisements could have a detrimental effect on the user experience by disrupting or interrupting the normal activities carried out on the device. However, more importantly, the advertisements generated by unproven sources, such as Border Colors could be promoting shady websites, such as fake giveaways, technical support frauds, phishing tactics, questionable adult pages, online betting/gambling platforms and more. Interacting with the advertisements, on the other hand, could trigger redirects that could lead to additional untrustworthy pages.

When it comes to browser hijackers, adware, and PUPs in general, users should keep in mind that these applications often have data-tracking capabilities. While present on the device, the intrusive application could be silently spying on users' browsing activities and transmitting the data to its operators. Some PUPs have even been observed attempting to access users' account credentials or banking details that have been saved into browsers' autofill data.


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