The appearance of the Brightvar.bid website on your screen means one thing – your browser has been hijacked by malicious software. Shortly after it invades, the parasite will alter your browser’s settings and start to generate multiple intrusive adverts in different forms like pop-ups, in-text, banners and even blinking alert messages. The parasite in question belongs to the browser hijacker category.
The pest is responsible for the sudden change in your homepage and search engine. The same shady page called Brightvar.bid would take their place. But that’s not all. Malicious software such as the hijacker exists solely to create income for its creators and for the pages it will promote. To make sure it succeeds in this mission, the parasite will obtain user’s web data like browsing history and search queries, to better customize the promoted content, so it is more likely to grab the victim’s attention.
Users are known to pay little to no attention when they are online. The web is swarmed with suspicious content and it is up to the users to keep the danger away from their computers. You see, crooks rely on your naivety and will exploit every given opportunity to try to trick you into falling into a trap of sorts. Hidden dangers lurk behind spam emails, suspicious links and ads, software bundling and fake update messages.
Think twice before following a link that you’re not sure is legitimate. Many people get fooled by ads that promote exclusive deals and special discounts when in reality, it is all a lie. It will take one click for you to unknowingly install malware on your computer or open a backdoor for hackers who seek to steal your private data. Be diligent and read between the lines. Another thing we strongly recommend our readers to do is to opt for a Custom installation when possible. Choosing a Quick install in the Setup Wizard is a mistake that may lead to the automatic installation of additional software that would be hidden from you, should you choose to ignore our advice.
Browser hijackers are not to be underestimated. They can do serious damages if left to their own devices. They not only take control over your browser, but damage it as well. Hijackers can install shady apps, extensions and toolbars without bothering to ask for your permission. Not only that, but your personal and financial information can easily become accessible to the malware, which will be beneficial to hackers. After all, data like passwords, credit card numbers, IP addresses, bank account credentials, Login ID, etc. is very valuable on the black market, and crooks are known to share information such as this with other third-parties for profit.
Make no mistake, having a browser hijacker on your PC doesn’t only bring with itself annoying ad-attacks. Soon, your web provider will start to experience difficulties to run properly, and the large number of advertisements will lead to it to frequently crash and freeze. Not just that, but you’ll notice that your internet speed has decreased. At some point, your browser will be totally damaged from the heavy advertisement attacks launched by the parasite. The longer you stay idle, the worse your situation will become. If you don’t act against this malware soon, all the things mentioned above will actually happen. To return to a secure and private browsing experience, you need to remove this nasty browser hijacker ASAP!
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 perform to remove the hijacker 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 to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Brightvar.bid from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.