Brightonclick “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) Dec. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Brightonclick “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Brightonclick can be categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) of the browser hijacking type. This software is intended to display ad content to users, redirect them to sponsored domains and make them click on certain pop-ups. In addition, the browser hijacker typically may impose some of the following changes to your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser:

  • replace your default homepage or search engine
  • offer to install free browser toolbars or suspicious components
  • redirect you to potentially insecure domains

A lot of users have recently contacted our “How to remove” team with a request to help them remove the potentially unwanted modifications and stop the redirects. Some people have even asked us if Brightonclick   is some sort of virus because they have faced difficulties uninstalling it from their PC’s. Unfortunately, changing the browser is also not a solution because the browser hijacker can easily integrate with any other browsing program and make it display the same nagging pop-ups, banners and new tabs in no time. Even though dealing with such software may initially look challenging, the good news is that you can permanently eliminate the hijacker without any risk for your system. If you want to learn how to do that, we suggest you read the information that follows and repeat the steps in the removal guide below.

Brightonclick “Virus” bothers users with irritating ads and unexpected redirects!

In response to the people worried about the invasion of Brightonclick “Virus” in their system, we first would like to clarify that the browser hijackers are not viruses and neither is this one. These pieces of software are generally exploited as aggressive ad-generating tools. Various online marketers and software developers use them to promote certain products and services or earn from Pay-Per-Click campaigns by hijacking the users’ browsers. Despite not containing the harmful abilities of a Ransomware or Trojan horse infection, however, ignoring the presence of software like Brightonclick , is nearly impossible.

Brightonclick “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Brightonclick  from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Brightonclick  from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Brightonclick  from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

A browser hijacker will not only interfere with your normal web browsing in the way that we described above, but it may also unknowingly expose you to some hazards. Many security experts will tell you that in a web space full of well-camouflaged threats, you can never be sure about the safety of the content you may get exposed to. With this in mind, a program like this on your PC, which tends to redirect you to various popping ads, new tabs, and links, may not be the best thing to keep in your system. If you happen to click on a link or an ad, generated by the browser hijacker, you may eventually land on some sponsored website or an insecure web page, which may not have any virus protection. Also, it is not excluded that Brightonclick may take you to some sponsored technical support sites or web pages, requiring you to add various plugins of known and unknown developers. What is the guarantee that there won’t be a threat like a Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse infection in there? Unfortunately, there is no way to know that in advance. Therefore, as soon as you notice a browser hijacker on your computer, you should carefully consider whether you should let it stay on your PC or remove it immediately.

Can you uninstall a browser hijacker on your own?

Many people complain that they cannot effectively uninstall Brightonclick from their system and the moment they run their browser, the annoying program appears again. Typically, such browser hijacker works via web scripts, which cannot be found in the list of system programs. To uninstall the potentially unwanted program, you may need to dig deeper inside the OS. That’s why we have created a detailed removal guide, which can navigate you through the system and help you detect and manually remove Brightonclick . If you can’t handle the manual steps, do not worry. You can safely remove the hijacker by scanning your PC with the professional removal tool, available below.

How to protect your PC from programs like Brightonclick in the future?

Browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs cannot infect your computer the way that a real virus can. To become part of your system, they basically need to be installed via a software setup. The chance of you downloading and installing a program like Brightonclick on your own, however, is very minimal. That’s why, the developers often use a bundling technique in order to insert the hijacker inside the installer of another, more attractive or free program. When the users download and run the setup of such program, they often forget to check for bundles and do not deny the installation of the additional components. This is how they may end up with various potentially unwanted programs. Fortunately, it is not difficult to refuse the installation of these additional components. You should simply select Advanced/User Settings and uncheck the tick boxes that appear, and you will not face the need to deal with such software anymore.

SUMMARY:

Name Brightonclick
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Various intrusive ads and pop-ups may interrupt your web browsing. Changes in your homepage or search engine may apply.
Distribution Method Mainly distributed via software bundles, but it also may be found in spam messages, ads, free download links, shareware sites, torrents, etc. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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