How to remove BrightBrowse Adware
What is BrightBrowse:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
If your browser’s homepage or default search engine starts looking, just like the image above, then you have a problem. BrightBrowse somehow managed to install a browser extension in your browser and took over your web browsing entirely. The BrightBrowse website is a bogus and dangerous website, which claims to improve your online searching and browsing experience, however after performing some tests and experiments, our security researchers found that BrightBrowse is a dangerous application and even though that the BrightBrowse may try to look and feel just like a regular and legitimate web service, the majority of the reputable security researchers have classified it as a dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), capable of causing lots of damage and even data loss on your computer. Our security specialists strongly advise you to remove BrightBrowse asap and to perform a full system malware scan – using an up-to-date, reputable and reliable anti-malware program like the award-winning SpyHunter 4. The BrightBrowse Adware is dangerous mainly, because of the intrusive and irritating web ads, which could easily be exploited by hackers and inject even more dangerous infections on your system. After performing a thorough analysis our security researchers warned us that BrightBrowse Ads are generated by a malicious browser extension and although BrightBrowse claims to provide very useful DNS service, we were convinced in one thing only – that it could shows lots of intrusive and unwanted ads. Finally, our specialists concluded that the BrightBrowse Adware is just another ad-supported program, that will use all kinds of deceptive tactics, just to make you install it and once installed, it will start showing lots of irritating, unwanted ads, that are generating revenue for its developers. The distribution of these kinds of malware infections is mainly done via suspicious or questionable software bundles, often configured to perform a silent or stealth installation to hide these additional installs from the victims. Once installed, the BrightBrowse Adware will modify some of your browser and system settings, making it much harder to remove. Furthermore, BrightBrowse will start monitoring and collecting various private browsing data, including browsing history, web searches and their locations, account credentials, tracking cookies as well as other sensitive private information, which later will be sold to some 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. If you have BrightBrowse installed on your PC, your browser will most likely be filled with some intrusive and very annoying web ads, banners, pop-up windows or other 3rd party advertisements. If you start getting various web ads, claiming that they are – By BrightBrowse, Ads by BrightBrowse, BrightBrowse Ads, Powered By BrightBrowse, Brought by BrightBrowse or Brought to you by BrightBrowse – you should consider your computer infected by a dangerous malware and we strongly advise you to remove the BrightBrowse adware as soon as possible. It seems that the BrightBrowse adware works with all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Usually, users that have BrightBrowse adware installed on their computers might experience various intrusive and very irritating pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results are compromised as well, most likely overloaded with SPAM and other 3rd party advertising.
BrightBrowse is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of BrightBrowse varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove BrightBrowse adware:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove BrightBrowse adware Automatic:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect BrightBrowse and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove BrightBrowse adware Manual:
!!! Please note: You can remove BrightBrowse Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove BrightBrowse Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to BrightBrowse, Hohosearch.com, Yeabests.cc, S.hnisdlmm.com, Searchguide.level3.com Browser Hijacker, How to remove Ads by Hostify, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, Liveadexchanger.com, StartNewTab.com, NewPopTab.com, SafeSurfs.com, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com Hijacker, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, SafeSurfs.com, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless We recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove BrightBrowse from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Remove any folders or files related to BrightBrowse by checking the following locations: