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Remove Onclickbright (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

Onclickbright – adware app that initiates browser redirects on Windows and Mac machines is a website that causes redirects to malicious pages is a website of dubious content – typically, pop-ups, deals, offers, coupons, and other intrusive commercial content is presented on it. The unwanted advertisements and redirects may affect users on all web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Safari, and others), as well as Mac and Windows systems – this is because the activity is caused by a potentially unwanted program installed on the computer.

Onclickbright redirects and ads may be related to a variety of different adware programs – these usually get installed along with freeware and shareware apps downloads from third-party sites or after users get tricked by a fake update prompt/scam message. Once inside, the app begins web browser setting modification in order to start delivering commercial content to users, also tracking their online behavior in order to serve targeted ads. All in all, Onclickbright removal should be performed as soon as the unwanted browser behavior is spotted.

Name Onclickbright,
Type Adware, redirect virus
Distribution  Software bundles, fake updates, scam messages, ads
Symptoms  Symptoms of adware infection vary from machine to machine, but must common signs of infections include redirects to suspicious sites, intrusive ads on all visited websites, browser slowdowns, changes to browser homepage/new tab/search engine, etc.
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, monetary loss due to scams, data disclosure to unknown parties, etc. 
Prevention To prevent adware installation, download programs from official sources or be extremely careful when installing third-party software – do not rush and choose Advanced settings. To prevent unwanted redirects and ads while browsing the internet, employ ad-block extension
Removal To get rid of adware, follow our instructions below 
System fix In some cases, adware and malware can render the computer unstable – crashes, lag, random reboots, etc. To fix these issues, we advise using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 

Note that redirects might also be not caused due to infection, as these can be triggered upon entering another malicious site, or clicking on a link. The best way to find out whether you are infected with virus is to check for potentially unwanted programs that could be hiding on your computer.

In some cases, however, it is difficult to determine which application is related to Onclickbright pop-ups and ads, as it can be anything. This is especially true for users who do not properly check the installation process of freeware and do not clean their machines regularly. If you belong to that group of people, immediately scan your device with anti-malware software and then fix malware-caused issues with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

While initially, Onclickbright adware is not malicious, the browser activities it is causing might be dangerous to users. Soon after the infiltration, the PUP start performing the following actions:

  • Installing unknown browser extensions without permission;
  • Changing the homepage and new tab address, as well as applying a customized search engine;
  • Displaying sponsored links at the top of search results (even if they bring to legitimate providers like Yahoo)
  • Redirecting to suspicious sites filled with suspicious content;
  • Displaying pop-ups, in-text links, auto-play, interstitial and other ads on all visited websites;
  • Slowing down the web browser or making it fail to load certain websites, etc.

One might ask, what is the goal of authors, and why would they cause such disruptions to users? The answer is very simple – advertisement revenue. While it is one of the most common ways for websites and app developers to monetize, the practice is often abused, and intrusive or even dangerous ads are inserted into users' browsers regularly. Due to this reason, some security community members call adware as malware.[1]

Besides, Onclickbright is also set to routinely track users' web browsing sessions in order to maximize profits from targeted advertisements. The most commonly tracked information includes the IP address, sites visited, search queries entered, links clicked, etc. Unfortunately, some PUPs may also track your personal data and cause immense privacy risks.

Onclickbright is an adware application that might pose privacy and security risk to the infected user

Therefore, remove Onclickbright from your computer as soon as possible, as its presence may cause bloatware or malware infections, and monetary loss due to encountered scams. For more details, please check the bottom section of this article.

Don't forget that you can block the intrusive commercial content (regardless if it is coming from within the site or adware app) by using ad-block extension – this can also prevent malicious JavaScript[2] execution on malicious or hacked websites (this may result in automatic malware download in the background, also known as drive-by download).

Cybersecurity experts advise: learn to install software correctly

While many already are aware of the dangers of downloading software cracks or visiting high-risk websites, some users forget that online threats can be found everywhere on the internet. One of the best examples is software bundling – a deceptive marketing technique that ticks many into installing potentially unwanted programs or even malware on their machines. Developers of freeware or third-party websites often insert optional components into the installers and deliberately try to hide them from users.

The following tricks that software bundle packages use include:

  • Hiding the optional installs under Recommended setting – this method is presented as “optimal” or “quick;” what users don't realize is that they allow the installer to infiltrate additional programs into the computer;
  • Using pre-ticked boxes;
  • Disguising the agreement of optional component installation within the fine print text;
  • Placing buttons in unexpected locations (typically, users are used to pressing the “Next” button on the right side of the window – that is were the “Agree to install XXX” offer is placed).

As a result, users end up with unwanted apps on their computers and believe that they arrived to the system without permission, while in reality, it was the opposite. It goes without saying that software bundling often uses deceptive techniques and can feel rather unfair – we agree with this statement.

Therefore, to avoid being tricked, choose official software download sources when possible instead of third-party ones, always choose Advanced settings and do not rush the installation process.

Onclickbright virus
Onclickbright asks users to download potentially unwanted applications that would cause more ads and redirects

Get rid of redirects and other unwanted activities

Whether you are aware of the problem and need help with Onclickbright removal or you don't know how to proceed after seeing the address on your browser regularly – you came to the right place. As mentioned above, the unwanted activities that relate to might be caused by adware installed on your machine, although this also may be caused by a random link click.

Therefore, the first thing to do when trying to remove is figuring out whether your computer is infected with adware. To do that, you can follow our instructions below on each of the operating systems – you need to access the installed application list and check it carefully. If you do not find anything suspicious, but ads and popups do not go away, it would be a good idea to scan your computer with anti-malware software that can detect PUPs.

Note that the Onclickbright virus might also alter the settings of your web browser, which may cause unwanted activity to continue after you terminate the app. Thus, experts[3] recommend resetting the installed web browsers to ensure that ads and redirects do not come back.

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To remove Onclickbright, follow these steps:

Remove Onclickbright from Windows systems

To get rid of from Windows, please follow these instructions carefully:

  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 Onclickbright and related programs
    Here, look for Onclickbright 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'

Get rid of Onclickbright from Mac OS X system

If you want to eliminate adware from Mac, access the list of the installed applications:

  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 Onclickbright 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'

Delete Onclickbright from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Onclickbright 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 Onclickbright removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Onclickbright 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, Onclickbright should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Onclickbright 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 Onclickbright 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 Onclickbright removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Onclickbright from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome to ensure that unwanted ads do not come back:

  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 Onclickbright 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 Onclickbright removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Onclickbright 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 Onclickbright 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 Onclickbright removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. Ransomware is the one that is focused on such functions, so your device gets useless without access to needed data. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for such recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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