Every time, when you surf the Net with your web-browser lots of undesired ads keeps annoying you? Then most probably that your system is affected by the the MacBright adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The MacBright can end up on your Apple Mac OS in various ways. In many cases is when you download and install free programs and forget to uncheck the box for the additional programs installation. Don’t panic because we have got the solution. Here’s a steps on how to remove annoying MacBright adware from the Apple Mac and thus get rid of any unwanted ads and popups from Chrome, Safari, Firefox and other web browsers.
While your Mac OS is affected with the MacBright, the Firefox, Chrome and Safari may be redirected to various undesired web-page. Of course, the adware may not cause damages to your files or Mac system, but it may display tons of intrusive ads. These advertisements will be injected within the content of web-pages that are you opening in your web-browser and can be varied: pop-up ads, in-text ads, different sized banners, offers to install an questionable software. The advertisements will appear on all pages, including web pages where previously you have never seen any sponsored links.
The worst is, the MacBright has the ability to collect your browsing history and confidential data, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, your user data can be transferred to third parties.
It’s important, do not use MacBright site and don’t click on its ads, as they may lead you to a more malicious or misleading web pages. The best option is to use the step-by-step instructions posted below to free your Apple Mac computer of adware and thereby remove MacBright ads.
Remove MacBright adware (removal instructions)
As with uninstalling ‘ad supported’ software, malware or potentially unwanted applications, there are few steps you can do. We suggest trying them all. If you do only one part of the instructions, then it should be use malware removal utility, because it should get rid of ad supported software and block any further infection. But to completely remove MacBright adware you will have to at least reset your browser settings like newtab page, homepage and search provider by default to default state, uninstall all unwanted and suspicious programs, and get rid of adware with malware removal tools. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your browser or restart your PC.
To remove MacBright, perform the steps below:
- How to manually delete MacBright
- Use free malware removal tool to completely delete MacBright adware
- How to stay safe online
- How was adware installed on machine
- To sum up
How to manually delete MacBright
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually get rid of MacBright adware from the Apple Mac OS and thus remove all annoying ads from the Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Remove adware through the Finder
In order to remove potentially unwanted software such as this ad supported software, open the Finder. Check the list of installed apps. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are ad-supported software, browser hijacker or PUPs. If yes, delete them off. Even if they are just a applications that you do not use, then removing them off will increase your machine start up time and speed dramatically.
Open Finder and click Applications.
Look for unknown and suspicious software, right click to it and select Move to Trash or drag the application from the Applications folder to the Trash. Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Remove MacBright ad supported software from Mozilla Firefox
If the FF settings like homepage, new tab and default search engine have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help.
Run the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed in the figure below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the MacBright which created to reroute your web-browser to various ad web-sites. When, it is done, press the “Finish” button.
Remove MacBright from Google Chrome
If your Chrome browser is redirected to undesired MacBright ads, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser program to its default settings.
First open the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Chrome menu. Click the option named “Settings”.
The web browser will display the settings screen. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown in the figure below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation prompt as on the image below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will start the task of cleaning. After it is done, the internet browser’s settings including home page, newtab page and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
Delete MacBright from Safari
If you find that Safari web-browser settings like homepage, new tab and search engine by default having been changed by MacBright adware that causes a huge number of intrusive ads, then you may return your settings using this step below.
Click Safai menu and select Preferences.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the Extensions tab. Look for unknown and suspicious extensions on left panel, select it, then click on the Uninstall button.Most important to remove all unknown extensions from Safari.
Once complete, click General tab. Change the Default Search Engine to Google.
Find the Homepage and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Use free malware removal tool to completely delete MacBright adware
The easiest method to get rid of MacBright ad-supported software is to use an antimalware application capable of detecting this MacBright that causes multiple undesired advertisements and pop ups. We advise try Malwarebytes Anti-malware or another free malicious software remover which listed below. It has excellent detection rate when it comes to ad supported software, hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications.
Run Malwarebytes to remove MacBright ‘ad supported’ software
You can delete MacBright adware automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We advise this free malware removal tool because it can easily remove browser hijackers, ad-supported software, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
Category: Security tools
Update: July 10, 2018
After the download is complete, close all programs and windows on your Apple Mac. Run it. You can see its main screen like below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the MacBright adware that causes undesired advertisements. Depending on your machine, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After the system scan is done, MalwareBytes will open a list of all threats found by the scan. You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Remove Selected Items” button. The MalwareBytes Anti Malware will remove MacBright and add items to the Quarantine. Once the procedure is done, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
How to stay safe online
By installing an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard, you are able to stop unwanted pop-up ads, autoplaying video ads and get rid of a large number of distracting and undesired ads on web-sites.
- Download AdGuard program on your system by clicking on the link below.
AdGuard for Mac download
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Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
- When the downloading process is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-ups, as well as other malicious or misleading sites.
How was adware installed on machine
The adware such as the MacBright is usually is bundled with free programs and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your system. This happens especially when you’re installing a free programs. The program installer tricks you into accepting the installation of optional software, which you don’t really want. Moreover, some paid programs can also install third-party programs that you don’t want! Therefore, always download free applications and paid software from reputable download web sites. Use ONLY custom or manual installation mode and never blindly click Next button.
To sum up
Once you have finished the instructions above, your Apple Mac system should be clean from this ad supported software and other malicious software. The Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox will no longer open intrusive MacBright ads when you surf the Net. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying MacBright ads.