I wrote this article to help you remove S.thebrighttag.com. This S.thebrighttag.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If all of a sudden the S.thebrighttag.com page appears on your browsers, proceed with caution. The site indicates the presence of a cyber parasite on board. An adware virus, to be precise. Now, adware infections are definitely not the most dangerous type of viruses but they should not be treated lightly. Each pest eventually goes out of control and causes damage. Sometimes, the damage is more serious than others. The thing is that you should not wait to find out.
You should do your best to remove the adware from your PC before it has the time to cause problems. You will do yourself a favor. Letting the infection stay would result badly for you. For its developers, on the other hand, the result is going to be profit. Illegitimate, effortless profits earned at your expense. You see, adware pieces are ad-supported ads and crooks use them to boost internet traffic to particular pages and gain money via the pay-per-click mechanism. The problem is that they use you to do so and the consequences are not pleasant.
As soon as the adware lands on board, it goes after your browsers. All of them. It injects them with ads. The so-called S.thebrighttag.com commercials which you are now forced to see on daily basis. Every time you go online you get bombarded with advertisements in all shapes and forms imaginable. You see coupons, deals, offers, price comparisons, best prices, pop-ups, pop-unders, in texts, video ads, and so on and so forth. They are everywhere, covering your entire screen and blocking pages` content. And no matter what you do, you cannot get rid of them. Not even with the “X” button. In fact, clicking the “X” button redirect you to suspicious pages and additional tabs opens in your browser. Other times, the ad itself moves just when you are about to press the “X” and you end up clicking on it. Then, crooks earn money. This is the pay-per-click marketing system.
Your clicks fill hackers` pockets. But not only that. By clicking, you are also risking getting infected with more malware. These commercials are not safe. After all, they are generated by an infection. A single click is all it takes for you to infect your already infected PC even more. This is how the adware ruins your previously safe and pleasant online activities. But your offline activities are also demolished. Your computer starts to underperform due to the adware`s presence. Its speed slows down. It lags all the time. Some older machines may even crash completely. This is why you need to get rid of the pest immediately. It also jeopardizes your privacy by spying on your personal information and threatening to expose it to crooks. Don’t procrastinate. Follow our removal guide at the end of this article and delete the adware now.
How did you get stuck with the S.thebrighttag.com adware? Well, one of the most commonly used distribution method that adware uses it called freeware bundling. In other words, the infection gets attached to another program on the Web and when you download and install this program, you get the pest as well. Luckily, there is a way to prevent that. It just takes a little time and attention. When installing the program, opt for the Advanced settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. They are a little more time-consuming but they also give you complete control over the process.
You are presented with a list of all additional apps which you are about to install together with the program you wanted. Not only that, you are also able to deselect them, which you should. Such extras are usually malicious. Let`s face it, if you truly needed these apps, you would have downloaded them yourself by now. But you haven’t because you didn’t need them and you don’t need them now. Deselect all “bonus program and finish installing the program you originally wanted. This is the best course of action you can take in order to keep your PC infection-free.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove S.thebrighttag.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.