S.thebrighttag.com “Malware” Removal (Safari/Chrome/Firefox)

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This page aims to help you remove S.thebrighttag.com “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac.

The quality of your time spent online heavily depends on how effective your browser is and how suited it is to your personal preferences. Some people like to have a lot of bookmarks and useful add-ons, while others would prefer to have a clean and fast browser for optimal effectiveness. However, what certainly no one likes is having their Safari, Chrome, Firefox or other browser program modified without their permission and filled with obstructive content that is neither useful nor beneficial to the customer. Unfortunately, there’s a whole class of programs that tend to do exactly that – they invade one’s browser and change its homepage, search engine while also adding new toolbars and causing irritating and frequent page redirects that no one has asked for. Most researchers refer to this sort of software as Browser Hijackers and today we are here to tell you about a newly released such application called S.thebrighttag.com “Malware”. Similarly to other programs of this category, S.thebrighttag.com “Malware”, too, is known for its intrusiveness and ability to interrupt the normal online experience of users who have had the misfortune of landing this program on their computers. If you are one of those unlucky users, you’d probably be happy to hear that down below this article, we have provided our readers with a detailed instructional guide which contains a number of steps that will help you uninstall the pesky piece of programming so that it wouldn’t bother you any more. Just make further acquaint yourself with Browser Hijackers by reading the remainder of the article itself before going to the removal manual – the information here will greatly help you in any potential future encounters with Browser Hijackers.

Malware and Hijackers

It is debatable whether or not a program like S.thebrighttag.com “Malware” should be referred to as malware. On one hand, it is indeed unpleasant and irritating and could also possess certain security risks if the user isn’t careful around it. On the other hand, there is a big difference between real viruses that seek to harm your computer or mess with your personal data such as Trojan horses or Ransomware cryptoviruses. However, regardless of how you’d like to refer to them, Browser Hijackers are certainly not the works form of undesirable software that you can land on your PC. The truth is that those applications are primarily developed to serve as marketing tools and this is also how they benefit their creators. By implementing a number of online advertising techniques through which a substantial amount of money could be generated as long as the Hijacker reaches enough users. Surely, the methods that this type of software is known to utilize are rather unpleasant for the regular users, yet, most of the time, Hijackers shouldn’t pose a direct threat to the affected computer’s security.

S.thebrighttag.com “Malware” Removal

Step1

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The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press  (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Step2

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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Step3

The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Step4

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Step5

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove S.thebrighttag.com “Malware” From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove S.thebrighttag.com “Malware” From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally useAfter that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

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!

Being cautious

Despite the relative harmlessness of most Hijackers, users still need to be aware of the potential risks that a lot of these programs might hide. The different changes to your browser program as well as the frequent redirects could put your system at risk if you aren’t careful enough. What we would recommend here is that you avoid using or interacting with anything that comes from the Hijacker. For example, do not use the custom search engine or toolbar that it might have added to your browser and do not click on anything inside the websites that you might get redirected to (instead, simply close those, preferably, via your Task Manager). Remember, that there’s always the chance that you might get sent to some harmful and dangerous website if you happen to click on the wrong thing. Normally, the best course of action as soon as you find out that there’s a Hijacker on your PC is taking the necessary measures towards removing it from your machine. For that reason, we strongly advise you to make use of our guide manual and eliminate the pesky program in order to protect your PC from actual malware threats like Ransomware and Trojans.

Protecting your machine

You must learn to keep your system safe by not exposing it to any unnecessary risks while surfing the net. Be careful and do not visit any web-addresses which might be illegal and hazardous and avoid opening links or file attachments from e-mail or social network messages if you aren’t sure that they are perfectly safe and harmless. Also, the next time you are about to install anything new on your machine, take a moment and see what or if there are any optional installs. Any bundled applications that might seem unreliable and unwanted must be unchecked before you proceed to the next step of the installation in order to prevent them from getting on your PC.

SUMMARY:

Name S.thebrighttag.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Undesirable and obstructive browser modifications without user permission and sudden page redirects are the usual symptoms.
Distribution Method Misleading ads/malvertising, various spam techniques (emails, social network message, etc.) and program bundling are the most frequently used methods for making Hijackers reach more users.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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