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Brightvar.bid. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Brightvar.bid – adware which might redirect users to developer-promoted websites

Brightvar.bid ad-supported program
Brightvar.bid - adware which infiltrates the system via bundles.

Brightvar.bid is an adware-related website which provides “useful” features to trick gullible users. This program offers to share various URLs on the Internet to receive income. However, adware comes with other regular software secretly and fills your computer and affected browser with numerous advertisements. These are the main reasons why Brightvar.bid virus is also called a PUP[1]. Moreover, such programs have abilities to collect non-personal data, redirect users to developer-promoted pages, etc.

Name Brightvar.bid
Type Adware/PUP
Browsers affected Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and others
Distribution Through bundled software, questionable web pages
Prevention Use only original installers, stay away from rogue sites
Removal Download and install Reimage

You can recognize Brightvar.bid adware from these symptoms:

  • Your browser's homepage has been changed without your permission;
  • Dubious advertisements start appearing very frequently;
  • You are beeing often redirected to questionable pages;
  • Browsers are slowing down each time you try to search on the Internet.

If you see such signs, there is a very big chance that adware has affected your computer system and occupied your web browser. To remove Brightvar.bid virus and avoid further possible consequences such as redirects to potentially dangerous websites, you need to install Reimage or go through the manual elimination instructions which can be found below this article.

Performing the Brightvar.bid removal is important also for another reason. Note that adware usually collects all information that is related to your browsing experience and browsing habits. Such information might include various search queries, pages visited, photos viewed, saved bookmarks, and IP addresses[2]. Make sure you clean the browser that was infected by the adware and remove all unknown browser extensions, plug-ins.

Note that Brightvar.bid adware can affect browsers such as:

  • Google Chrome;
  • Mozilla Firefox;
  • Internet Explorer;
  • Microsoft Edge;
  • Safari.

All PUPs are very similar to one another and have the same distribution techniques which we are going to discuss in this article. Make sure you take all precautionary measures to avoid potentially unwanted applications as they are created and promoted for beneficial reasons which positively affect only the developers.

Adware avoiding techniques

According to IT experts[3], adware can be spread through original programs which users often download from free websites or file sharing sources. Moreover, ad-supported applications can distribute through rogue websites which are promoted by secondary sources. These are the most popular adware distribution techniques and you need to learn how to avoid them.

First, use the Custom or Advanced installation mode rather than the Quick/Recommended one. Here you will be able to track all incoming downloads and opt-out the unwanted ones. However, the best choice would be to use only original installers and avoid questionable downloading sources.

Moreover, stop visiting dubious-looking sites as there is a big chance that such pages lack protection. Install antivirus software for your computer safety. This program needs to be updated once in a while and it will keep your computer system safe from various cyber threats which you might overcome on the Internet.

Get rid of Brightvar.bid

Perform the Brightvar.bid removal automatically to get rid of the adware infection in a faster and safer way. All you have to do is download and install anti-malware software. You can choose from our suggested ones or download a tool that you are likely to run on your computer. Antivirus programs will deal with the cyber threat in a couple of minutes.

Moreover, you can remove Brightvar.bid virus by using manual technique. Such method requires lots of the user's involvement. You will need to clean affected browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and delete all dubious-looking browser extensions, plug-ins, and applications.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Brightvar.bid, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Brightvar.bid from Windows systems

Get rid of Brightvar.bid adware from your Windows OS with the help of these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Brightvar.bid and related programs
    Here, look for Brightvar.bid or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Erase Brightvar.bid from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Brightvar.bid or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Eliminate Brightvar.bid from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean Internet Explorer from the adware-added components:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Brightvar.bid and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Brightvar.bid removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Brightvar.bid from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Brightvar.bid should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Brightvar.bid from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Brightvar.bid and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Brightvar.bid removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Brightvar.bid from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome by following the below-given instructions:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Brightvar.bid and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Brightvar.bid removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Brightvar.bid from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Brightvar.bid or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Brightvar.bid removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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