Softbrotherbreak


Softbrotherbreak

Softbrotherbreak is an app that falls under the so-called browser hijacker software group. Apps like Softbrotherbreak tend to “hijack” the system’s main web browser by modifying its key settings without the end-user’s consent.

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The Softbrotherbreak virus on Chrome

There are lots of unauthorized improvements which a browser hijacker may introduce in your Chrome , Safari, Firefox or any other frequently used browsing software. For example, an app like Softbrotherbreak may substitute the default search engine with a lesser known search engine. It may also substitute the browser’s homepage with a different one, so that every time you start a new browsing session or open a new tab, you get automatically redirected to a specific URL.

Unfortunately, trying to uninstall or remove these unauthorized changes doesn’t really work since as soon as you restart the hijacked browser, all Softbrotherbreak-imposed adjustments are back and you can do nothing to get rid of them. In addition to that, the browser hijacking software may fill the pages that you visit with different nagging pop-up ads, banners and sponsored notifications, all of which ask you to click on them and prevent you from navigating the web normally.

This is something very typical for most browser hijacking programs. That’s why, your only chance to gain control of your hijacked browser is to fully eliminate the invasive software altogether with its browser components and changes. This, however, often requires a bit of computer skills and time since the creators of browser hijacking applications prefer to make things challenging for users and normally don’t provide them with an easy uninstall option.  That’s why, below this article, we have assembled a step-by-step removal guide to support you in this process. For an even quicker detection and removal of Softbrotherbreak, there is also a professional removal tool that can be downloaded from this page. Make sure, though, that you carefully read all the instructions before you remove files from your system, as some of the steps include interaction with critical system data.

Is Softbrotherbreak a threat to your computer?

Browser hijackers are a form of browser add-ons mainly intended to generate profits for their developers. This is achieved using paid advertisements, pop-ups, promotional banners, redirect links and other advertising materials that typically generate revenue from the number of clicks and views they get from the users when they are displayed.

And since this allows for the generation of a lot of revenue, programs like Softbrotherbreak tend to be very aggressive with their commercials and website redirects. And that is why most people choose to uninstall the irritating apps.

However, the less evident issue is that browser hijackers like Softbrotherbreak often operate a variety of background activities. And this, more often than not, consumes a significant portion of system resources and leads to poorer performance of the computer, browser crashes, unresponsiveness and similar issues that disturb your regular web surfing experience. Not to mention that some of the activities include monitoring of the web browsing habits, the search history, and other traffic data that later can be used for more aggressive and targeted ads display.

Moreover, the ads and pages affiliated with browser hijackers are not always that trustworthy or even secure. There is always a chance of malware and viruses, including frightening ones such as Trojans and Ransomware to secretly sneak in through the stream of sponsored commercials. That’s why it is safer to try not to engage with any of the messages you see on your screen, or even better – completely remove the hijacker that is showing them.

SUMMARY:

Name Softbrotherbreak
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove Softbrotherbreak Virus

There are cases where the hijacker problem related to Softbrotherbreak may be resolved when the users remove the extensions that Softbrotherbreak has installed inside their web browsers. If you want to give a try to this method, follow the steps below, and you may eliminate the need to use the detailed instructions in the manual guide:

  1. Depending on the browser that has been hijacked, open it, and go to its settings.
  2. Next, look for an option that says More Tools (or Add ons) and select it.
  3. Next, find the Extensions tab and open it.
  4. Once you see the extensions that have been installed in your browser, find the ones that seem to be related to Softbrotherbreak.
  5. Remove those extensions (click on the Trash Bin icon corresponding to their names)
  6. Check for other questionable extensions that you haven’t installed willingly and remove them in the same way.

If the problem has not been resolved with the help of the steps above, then you need to use the more detailed steps in the guide that is published below:


Step1 Preparation

Attention! Before you do anything else, please Bookmark this page because you will need to refer back to it several times before you complete the removal process of Softbrotherbreak. 

Another important step related to the preparation for the removal of Softbrotherbreak is to launch your computer in Safe Mode . In case you are not sure how to do that, click the active link and follow the steps in that guide. Then, refer back to this page to continue with the process.

Step2 Detecting malicious processes

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Now, after you have done the preparations in step 1 it is time for the actual removal of Softbrotherbreak. For that, you need to first open the Windows Task Manager. There are several ways do to that but the one that will save you time the most is to press together the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC  keys from your keyboard. This will immediately open the Task Manager app on your screen. Select the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab for Windows 10 and 8 users) to see the active processes that are running on your computer. Then, look at the list and manually try to figure out which of the processes could have any relation with Softbrotherbreak or could be dangerous. 

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When you detect such a process, right-click on it. A list of options will open up and you will have to select the Open File Location option that is at the top. Then use the free online virus scanner below to scan the files that are found in that location for malware: 

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    The scan results will indicate the files that are dangerous and when this happens, you need to go back to the Processes tab in the Windows Task Manager and end the processes that are related to those files. Then, delete the malicious files from their file location, and their folders as well. 

    Step3 Uninstall items from the Control Panel

    When you finish with deleting the malicious files and their related processes, it is time to clear the Softbrotherbreak’s entries from the Control Panel. To do that, firstly, press the Start and R buttons from the keyboard. In the Run box that opens, type appwiz.cpl and then click the OK button.

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    When you get inside the Control Panel, navigate to Programs and Features and select Uninstall a Program. Specifically look for entries related to Softbrotherbreak, as well as other questionable apps that you can’t remember installing and Uninstall it/them by right-clicking on them. 

    When you are done with uninstalling the unwanted programs from your PC, open the System Configuration app ( type msconfig in the search field and press enter). When the System Configuration window pops up, go to the Startup Tab:

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    There, you will see different apps that are set to start with Windows startup. Look for Softbrotherbreak and other suspicious-looking apps that you don’t want to start when Windows reboots and remove the checkmark from their related checkboxes. Also, uncheck apps, the Manufacturer of which is marked as “Unknown”.

    Step4 Checking the Hosts File

    Open a Run dialog box on your screen (press Start and R keys from the keyboard) then, copy  the following in the empty text filed of the Run box:

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

    Click on the OK button and this will open a text file named “Hosts” on your screen. Head to the “Localhost” section of the file and check if there are some IP written under this section. For more clearance, see the image below:

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    A bunch of IP addresses under “Localhost” could be an indication that your computer has been hacked. If this is your case, please write to us in the comments below this post, so we can assist you.

    Next, in the search field of your Windows Start Menu type Network Connections and open it. Then, follow the steps below:

    1. Find the Network Adapter that is in use and right-click on it. From the options that appear, select  Properties.
    2.  Once the Properties window opens, select  Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), and click on the Properties button marked as step 2.
    3. Then, in step 3,  make sure that DNS line is set to Obtain DNS server automatically or set it to do so. Then click on Advanced at the bottom of the window.
    4. Select the DNS tab and if you find anything written there, delete it. Click OK to save the changes.

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    Step5 Remove Softbrotherbreak from your Browsers

    After you are done with the steps above, it is time to remove Softbrotherbreak from your browser (or browsers) to prevent the unwanted app from appearing again after you reboot the computer.

    Note! The instructions below are showing the steps in Google Chome, but if you are using Firefox and IE (or Edge), make sure that you do the same for them.

    Right-click on the browser’s shortcut icon from your Desktop. Then, click on the Properties option.

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    When the Properties window appears, select the Shortcut tab and head to where it is written Target. Remove everything that has been added after .exe and click OK to save the changes.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Softbrotherbreak from Internet Explorer:

    For Internet Explorer Open the browser and head to the upper right corner where the gear icon is found. It should look like this IE GEARClick on it to open the main menu and select Manage Add-ons.

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    Once you see the installed add-ons, try to find the ones that are related to Softbrotherbreak and are causing you disturbance and Disable them. Then, go back to the gear icon IE GEAR >>> Internet Options, and change the URL of your homepage to a URL that you prefer. Click on Apply at the end.

    firefox-512 Remove Softbrotherbreak from Firefox:

    In Firefox, the instructions are similar. You simply need to launch the browser,  click on its menu icon, select Add-ons and tap on the Extensions tab. This will let you see all the extensions that have been installed in the browser, including the ones that Softbrotherbreak may have imposed without your approval. Remove those extensions and move on to the next steps.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Softbrotherbreak from Chrome:

    Close the Chrome browser if it is open and go to the following location:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. 

    In that location, find the Folder that is named as “Default”:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Right-click on it and select Rename. Change the name to Backup Default and restart your Chrome.

    Step6 Remove Softbrotherbreak from the Registry Editor

    In order to be sure that Softbrotherbreak will not re-install itself again after you have completed all the steps until now, you have to detect and delete its entries from the Registry Editor. For that, in the Windows search field, simply type Regedit and hit the Enter key from the keyboard.

    The Registry Editor will launch and once you get inside of it, open the Find function by keeping the CTRL and F keys together. To find the threat, type its name in the empty text field of the Find dialog box and perform a search. Then, right-click on the found entries and delete them. 

    Also, make sure that you visit the following directories and delete/uninstall everything that you find there:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    Important! Make sure that you delete only entries related to Softbrotherbreak! Any changes and deletions in the Registry Editor which are not related to the threat may lead to serious system corruption and malfunction.

    If you need assistance and are not sure what needs to be deleted, please ask us in the comments. Also, we highly recommend you to use a professional malware removal program, such as the one recommended on this page and our free online virus scanner to rid yourself of the hijacker quickly and safely. 

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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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