Brucelead.com redirect removal instructions
What is brucelead.com?
Brucelead.com is one of the many rogue websites on the Internet that is designed to redirect its visitors to various untrustworthy websites. Some other websites of this type are hilons.com, frigod.com and fibeae.com. As a rule, brucelead.com (and other rogue websites) get visited unintentionally - its potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are forcing users to visit it. Most PUAs infiltrate systems without user's knowledge and also gather data, deliver ads and misuse computer's resources.
As soon as a potentially unwanted application of this type gets installed it makes web browsers to open a new tab or a window and redirects users to brucelead.com site. When visited, it opens additional tabs (about two or three) and redirects users to other untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites that might contain some malware and could infect computers with various high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, potentially unwanted applications tend to deliver ads (coupons, banners, surveys and other similar ads) that topically are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content and conceal underlying content of any visited website. When clicked, these ads redirect users to some website, very likely to an untrustworthy one, or run scripts designed to download and install other PUAs. Another downside of PUAs is the information tracking aspect. Potentially unwanted applications often collect various data, including IP addresses, keystrokes, visited websites, search queries, geo-locations and so on. It is possible that gathered data might contain personally identifiable/sensitive information as well. When collected, this data is used to generate revenue by sharing it with various third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). By sharing it PUAs developers put users at risk of various privacy issues, problems related to browsing safety or even an identity theft. Moreover, potentially unwanted applications of this type could start running various background processes (like cryptocurrency mining) that could affect computer's performance in a bad way, in other words to slow it down. We believe that all these mentioned PUAs characteristics are enough to be the reasons why users should uninstall such applications as soon as possible.
Most potentially unwanted applications of this type are virtually identical and share the same similarities - they offer users various "useful" features and attempt to trick users into downloading them so that developers could generate revenue by collecting and sharing data, delivering ads and causing unwanted redirects. Quite often they do not provide the promised functionalities, on the contrary, PUAs are more likely to cause various problems related to online privacy and browsing safety.
How did adware install on my computer?
One way to install a potentially unwanted applications is to download them from their official websites. Nevertheless, most users install PUAs inadvertently/unintentionally - through clicked intrusive ads or when installing software. Software developers often use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", which is also known as a 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 doing a favour for PUAs developers and unknowingly allow their potentially unwanted applications to be installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
In order to avoid installations of potentially unwanted applications we recommend to download software using only official and trustworthy sources/websites. It is not a good idea to download software using some third party downloaded or installer, or a torrent client. Quite often such third party software installers/downloaders are monetized by promoting various potentially unwanted software/applications. Moreover, analyze each software installation step by checking "Custom"/"Advanced" settings and/or options and decline any unwanted offers before finishing the installation. If you happen to click some intrusive (or any other ad) and it redirects you to some dubious website (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating etc.) - close it and check your browser for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons, and remove all unwanted entries as soon as possible. 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 click "Block"
- 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 "Notifications"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the bottom 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove brucelead.com pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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