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Thebrighttag. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Thebrighttag – an adware program which displays sponsored content on Netflix and other sites

Thebrighttag
Thebrighttag - an adware which can redirect the user to a potentially dangerous websites.

Thebrighttag is an adware which has a purpose to gain income from advertising. Developers use the cost-per-click marketing technique to receive revenue from their ads. Such advertisements come in forms of annoying pop-ups and pop-unders that appear on Netflix, WordPress-based sites, Youtube, and similar domains. While s.thebrighttag.com malware is not technically a virus, security experts have started calling it malicious due to its ability to infiltrate the computer system without any notice and modify the web browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, IE) without asking for permission. Note that it is better to ignore ads caused by this adware and eliminate their main cause – adware-type virus, from Mac and other operating systems. 

Name Thebrighttag
Type Adware
developer Signal Inc.
Main symptoms Causes continuous pop-up ads and redirects to sponsored sites
redirects to s.thebrighttag.com
the main browsers affected Safari, Firefox, Chrome
the main OS affected Mac OS
Distribution Adware-related programs can distribute via bundled freeware or shareware
Prevention Use the Custom/Advanced installation mode to control all incoming downloads
Elimination Get rid of adware and use Reimage to detect unwanted components

If Thebrighttag virus has infiltrated your computer system, there is a big possibility that you will spot symptoms such as:

  • Frequent advertising which appears each time you enter the infected browser;
  • Dubious redirects[1] are taking you to questionable websites;
  • Browser's homepage and new tab bar have been changed without your permission;
  • Your web browser has been struggling to perform simple actions lately.

Note that these before mentioned symptoms signify about an adware infection in your computer. If you figure out that Thebrighttag is responsible for this activity, you should strongly consider removing the potentially unwanted program as it is not a necessary component for your computer system and might even indirectly do some damage to it.

An important reason to remove s.thebrighttag.com malware from the system is its ability to redirect to questionable sites. As we have mentioned before, adware programs are likely to take users to dubious-looking websites. Some pages can turn out to be malicious and include malware[2]. You can easily infect your computer system by clicking on an infected link.

Moreover, performing the Thebrighttag removal is recommended as this ad-supported program has the ability to gather data which relates to the user's browsing habits. These potentially unwanted applications gather information that is related to users' most commonly visited websites, saved bookmarks, performed search requests, etc.

This data is collected by using Thebrighttag cookie which can be detected by your anti-virus as The Bright Tag. If you happen to receive a notification from your anti-virus about this component, you should get rid of it without any doubt. You can use Reimage or any other similar tool to detect all suspicious components on the computer system. If you want to remove Thebrighttag from Mac manually, follow the manual tutorial in the end of this post.

Avoid adware programs by following simple rules

According to cybersecurity experts' team from Virusai.lt[3], potentially unwanted applications, including adware-related ones, can be easily spread via the bundling technique. Such a thing happens very often when computer users download software form free Internet sources and do not pay attention to installation steps. Gladly, you can take some actions to avoid this type of activity.

All you have to do is activate the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation mode over the “Quick” or “Recommended” one. If you do follow this advice, you will be able to control all incoming downloads, opt-out the unwanted wants and leaves those which are necessary. Furthermore, IT specialists recommend downloading and installing a reputable antivirus program which will allow you to perform regular system scans and keep your computer protected.

Terminate The brighttag certificate and other components 

If this adware has appeared in your computer system and web browsers with its ads, you need to remove Thebrighttag virus as soon as possible. There is no need for keeping this potentially unwanted program[4] on your computer as it will bring only unpleasant consequences. You can perform the elimination process by using reliable anti-malware tools which will assure you that your PC is fully cleaned and free of s.thebrighttag.com malware.

Moreover, you can follow our below-given instructions to carry out the Thebrighttag removal. This method is suited for more-experienced users but you are welcome to try it on your own if you are likely to. Be careful while performing each step as you will have to get rid of all browser extensions, add-ons, and adware-added plug-ins from infected web browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.

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 Thebrighttag, follow these steps:

Mac OS XWindowsSafariFirefoxInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeGoogle Chrome

Eliminate Thebrighttag from Mac OS X system

To delete adware from the Mac, try finding these entries: The Bright Tag, s.thebrighttag.com, etc. For that, follow these instructions:

  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 Thebrighttag 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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Get rid of Thebrighttag from Windows systems

  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 Thebrighttag and related programs
    Here, look for Thebrighttag 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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Get rid of Thebrighttag from Safari

To uninstall s.thebrighttag.com malware from Safari, clean it by using this guide:

  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 Thebrighttag 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 Thebrighttag removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button
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Uninstall Thebrighttag from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Firefox, use these instructions:

  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 Thebrighttag 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 Thebrighttag removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Thebrighttag from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean your Internet Explorer web browser and eliminate all PUP-related content such as unwanted browser extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins:

  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 Thebrighttag 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 Thebrighttag 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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Erase Thebrighttag from Microsoft Edge

Get rid of all adware-added components from the Microsoft Edge web browser:

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, Thebrighttag should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Thebrighttag from Google Chrome

Refresh the Google Chrome web browser with the help of this guide:

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

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