The Bright Tag “Malware” Removal (Safari/Chrome/Firefox)

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The Bright Tag

The Bright Tag “Malware” is a free program, commonly distributed along with some other free software. This program acts and operates as a typical browser hijacker by forcefully changing the homepage or the search engine of the default browser, be it Safari, Chrome, Firefox or another one, redirecting the users’ searches and generating an almost unstoppable stream of aggressive ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs on their screen. Usually, the program may represent itself as a useful browsing tool, which is supposed to enhance the users’ browsing experience. However, it is arguable how installing this potentially unwanted program will improve your surfing. In fact, a lot of users have recently contacted our team with complaints that The Bright Tag “Malware” is disturbing their normal browsing with its nagging ads and they are desperately looking to remove it from their system. That’s why for all of them, we have prepared a step-by-step removal guide with a proven solution for the permanent uninstallation of The Bright Tag “Malware”. Take a look at the information that follows to find out more.

Why would anyone create an annoying browser hijacking piece?

The answer is simple – to trick users into clicking on profit-generating ads. This is the main reason for the existence of browser hijackers and to increase their chances of doing so, these pieces of software can use different tracking technologies to find out what you are interested in. They can try to track the user’s browsing activity and searches, record clicks, and track the time, spent on a website. Such data is likely to be used for marketing analysis for personalized ads and may be implemented in the aggressive advertising campaigns and strategies of different marketers, vendors, and advertisers.

Dangerous sides of The Bright Tag “Malware”

There are several irregularities in a program like The Bright Tag “Malware”. One of them is that this software usually may introduce a lot of sponsored content into your search results. If you hope to get the correct information from your searches, just forget it. The browser hijacker will do its best to expose you to fraudulent search results that contain tabs and ads that link to different sponsored sites. In this way, The Bright Tag “Malware” usually tries to increase traffic to a given web page. But you can never know which website you may get redirected to and whether it is safe or not, so we do not recommend clicking on any search results or popping ads. There is a risk that you may unknowingly come in contact with some very dangerous sites that promote useless products, fraudulent inquiries or even malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans or Ransomware. To avoid these sites, it is best to uninstall The Bright Tag “Malware” from your system completely. You can try one of the recommended ways to remove the browser hijacker. Either you can delete the suspicious program manually or use the help of the specialized removal tool to scan your system and eliminate it automatically.

How to avoid The Bright Tag “Malware” and similar browser hijacking applications?

Browser hijackers are generally not malicious, but they can be quite unpleasant programs. Users do not usually install such software or browser extensions willingly and often end up being quite unhappy when they have to face the changes that the browser hijacker has applied on their browser. However, the developers of such software aggressively try to find a way to make it part of the users’ system by distributing it inside different software packages. In fact, they often connect the browser hijacker with some well-known software products or desirable free applications and use an installation method called bundling to inject it into the users’ machine. Unfortunately, such a distribution method is considered legitimate. The problem is that installers of such software packages actually contain information about the additional programs, bundled in them, but it is usually not clearly explained. In other words, the information either is written in fine font or is hidden behind the default settings.

To change your download components, we recommend that you use Manual or Advanced Setup installation options. If you are lucky, you will not have to choose installation settings at all – additional software fields can be provided directly, so be sure to unmark them. After you do that, you only have to complete the installation according to the instructions provided in the installation wizard. Also, it is a good idea to keep away from some shady free installers, ads, spam messages, torrents, or automatic download managers, which may hide some potentially unwanted programs inside their pack. You never know how safe such software sources are and whether they contain programs like The Bright Tag “Malware” or some other virus infections such as Trojans or Ransomware.


Name The Bright Tag
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may forcefully change the homepage or the search engine of the default browser.
Distribution Method Spam messages, software bundles, emails with attachments, free installers, ads, free downloads from the web. 
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The Bright Tag “Malware” Removal


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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


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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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.


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.

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 The Bright Tag “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 The Bright Tag “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!

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