What is Bronze Aid?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Bronze Aid is a deceptive browser extension claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by enabling comparison shopping, displaying special deals/discounts available on various online stores, providing coupons, and other similar online-shopping related features - "We're passionate about improving web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We've combined all of our great ideas into the Bronze Aid product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!"
On initial inspection, this plug-in might appear legitimate, however, it infiltrates systems without users’ consent, tracks Internet browsing activity, and generates intrusive online ads. Bronze Aid is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Bronze Aid is designed to track Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, unique identifier numbers, and other similar browsing-related information. Although this information might seem insignificant, it might contain personally identifiable details.
SuperWeb LLC shares this collected data with third parties who are likely to misuse personal information to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of Bronze Aid on your system could lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Furthermore, Bronze Aid generates pop-up, banner, interstitial, transitional, full-page, search, coupon, and price comparison ads.
To achieve this, the developers employ a 'virtual layer', which enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited website.
The third party ads conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Although most redirect to various e-commerce sites (for example, online stores), some redirect to malicious websites containing infectious content - clicking them can lead to further adware or malware infections. For these reasons, Bronze Aid should be uninstalled immediately.
There are dozens of potentially unwanted programs identical to Bronze Aid. Price Clip, Candle Jar, and Lucky Bright are just some examples from many. SuperWeb LLC intentionally releases identical apps under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus suites.
The purpose of applications such as Bronze Aid is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the functionality promised, these apps generate intrusive online advertisements and track Internet browsing experience. They provide no real value for users.
How did Bronze Aid install on my computer?
All applications developed by SuperWeb LLC are distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software. Research shows that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software.
For this reason, developers intentionally conceal rogue applications within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Users often do not expect third party apps to be concealed and rush the download and installation processes, skipping most steps. This can leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two main steps you should take to prevent installation of apps such as Bronze Aid. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' download/installation settings, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical', otherwise third party applications will remain hidden and you will be unable to cancel them.
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- What is Bronze Aid?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Bronze Aid application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Bronze Aid adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Bronze Aid ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Bronze Aid' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Bronze Aid ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Bronze Aid adware 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 "Bronze Aid", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Bronze Aid ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Bronze Aid adware from Internet browsers:
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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 "Bronze Aid", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bronze aid adware, 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 "Extensions". Locate "Bronze Aid", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bronze aid adware, 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 "Bronze Aid".
Computer users who have problems with bronze aid adware 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 bronze aid adware, 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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