Brucelead.com redirect removal instructions
What is brucelead.com?
brucelead.com is one of many rogue websites that redirects visitors to other untrustworthy sites. Examples of other websites of this type include hilons.com, frigod.com, and fibeae.com. As a rule, brucelead.com and other rogue websites are visited unintentionally - potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) force users to visit them. Most PUAs infiltrate systems without users' knowledge and also record data, deliver ads, and misuse computer resources.
As soon as a potentially unwanted application of this type is installed, it forces browsers to open a new tab or a window and redirects users to brucelead.com. This site then opens additional tabs (about two or three) and redirects to other untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites that might contain malware and could infect computers with high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, potentially unwanted applications tend to deliver ads (coupons, banners, survey, etc.) that are often displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. When clicked, these ads redirect to websites that might be untrustworthy, or run scripts designed to download and install other PUAs. Another downside of PUAs is information tracking. Potentially unwanted applications often collect data including IP addresses, keystrokes, visited websites, search queries, geo-locations, and so on. Some data might also contain personally identifiable/sensitive information that is used to generate revenue by sharing it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). This puts users at risk of privacy issues, problems relating to browsing safety, or even identity theft. Furthermore, potentially unwanted applications of this type might run background processes (such as cryptocurrency mining) that could affect (reduce) computer performance. The behavior of these PUAs is reason enough to uninstall them immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
To eliminate brucelead.com pop-up our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Potentially unwanted applications of this type are virtually identical - they offer "useful" features and attempt to trick users into downloading. In this way, developers generate revenue by collecting and sharing data, delivering ads, and causing unwanted redirects. They provide none of the functionality promised. On the contrary, PUAs are more likely to cause problems relating to online privacy and browsing safety.
How did adware install on my computer?
One way to install potentially unwanted applications is to download them from their official websites, however, most users install them inadvertently through clicked intrusive ads or when installing software. Software developers often use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", which is also known as stealth installation of third party programs together with regular (usually free) software. Developers usually do not disclose information about included/bundled apps and hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of software installation processes. By skipping installation steps (or clicking untrustworthy ads), many users are providing a favour for PUA developers and inadvertently allow potentially unwanted applications to be installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications, download software using official and trustworthy sources/websites only. Do not download software using third party downloaders/installers or a torrent client. Third party software installers/downloaders are often monetized by promoting potentially unwanted software/applications. Furthermore, study each software installation step by checking "Custom"/"Advanced" settings and options, and decline any unwanted offers before finishing the installation. If you click an intrusive ad and it redirects you to a dubious website (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating etc.), close it and check your browser for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons, and remove all unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of brucelead.com pop-up:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of brucelead.com pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is brucelead.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes brucelead.com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the brucelead.com pop-up, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the brucelead.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with brucelead.com pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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