What is BringStar?
BringStar is a potentially unwanted browser plugin claiming to improve users' browsing experience by enabling coupons and comparison shopping. Although such added functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that this add-on is categorized as adware.
The plugin installs on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox without users' consent using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Following successful installation, this add-on generates various types of advertising, including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads.
In addition, BringStar tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other information.
The presence of this potentially unwanted application on your system may lead to serious consequences such as malware infections and privacy issues. BringStar is just one of many rogue browser plug-ins developed by SuperWeb LLC and identical to several other potentially unwanted applications developed by this company including Lookinglink, BizzyBolt, and BrowseBit.
This company releases identical browser extensions under different names in order to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware software.
Most freeware download websites (such as download.com, softonic.com) use 'download clients' - small programs offering installation of advertised browser extensions along with the chosen free program. Therefore, reckless installation of freeware may result in adware infections. To avoid installation of BringStar or similar plugins, inspect each download step of free software.
Choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical'. This will reveal the additional installation options and enable you to opt-out of adware installation. Internet users who observe ads generated by BringStar on their system should follow this removal guide to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from their Internet browser/s.
Deceptive free software installer used in BringStar adware distribution:
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- What is BringStar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BringStar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BringStar add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BringStar plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove BringStar extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove BringStar extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
BringStar ads removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "BringStar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes BringStar ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove BringStar ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "BringStar", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bringstar virus, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "BringStar", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bringstar virus, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "BringStar".
Computer users who have problems with bringstar virus 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bringstar virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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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