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Remove Bravesearch.net Browser Hijacker

remove bravesearch.net browser hijacker

This article aims to help you with the removal of Bravesearch.net hijacker from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all files installed by this undesired program in full.

Bravesearch.net is a questionable search engine website that may replace the default homepage, new tab page and search engine without asking for permission. That’s why it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program. Furthermore, our research affirms that it is designed to collect both personally and non-personally identifiable details from affected browsers. In case that you want to prevent privacy-related issues and stay safe online, you should consider removing this hijacker completely from the PC.

Threat Summary

Name Bravesearch.net
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description Bravesearch.net is a questionable website that appears in commonly used web browsers without asking users for permission. Its main page may replace the homepage and new tab page of an affected browser. Its doubtful search engine may hijack the default one.
Symptoms Bravesearch.net hijakcer may be set as homepage and new tab page of affected browser. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Bravesearch.net – Spread Techniques

As you already know Bravesearch.net is a potentially unwanted program further classified as browser hijacker. As a one it is distributed with the help of shady techniques that trick users into installing it unintentionally. One of the primary techniques is the so-called software bundling. It allows developers of freeware to include additional potentially unwanted applications in the installers of their products. Malicious intenders are also able to download free apps, inject PUPs into their installers and release the compromised versions across the net. The “extras” are usually hidden in the Custom or Advanced install options. This is why it is good to always look for these settings and select them during the installation process of new apps. They should allow you to unmark all unwanted programs before you proceed with the installation process.

Another technique that may be used for the distribution of Bravesearch.net browser hijacker is malvertising. Thus various advertising campaigns may be set to land on websites that download the undesired program and cause its automatic execution.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Bravesearch.net hijacker.

Bravesearch.net – More About Its Impact

Once Bravesearch.net hijacker gains access to your system, its code initiates modifications that affect essential browser settings. After modifications, the homepage, new tab page and default search engine of your preferred web browser may be set to display the questionable search engine of the hijacker. By setting its main page to appear each time you open the browser, the hijacker leaves you no other choice than using its dubious services.

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Apparently, this hijacker is configured to generate only web search results. The search sections images, videos and news display a “Nothing found” response. This bug limits your browsing experience and prevents you from reaching all content available across the net. Furthermore, the web results you see might not be the most relevant ones as owners of undesired apps like Bravesearch.net set them to display mainly sponsored content. This could be explained by the fact that this technique allows them to monetize their free products.

So it is possible for the hijacker to inject additional ads in the affected browser as well. These ads may be of various types including pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, new tab windows, etc. As a result of their appearance, the browser may become sluggish and completely unresponsive at times. Furthermore, you are better to refrain from visiting the promoted websites as there is no guarantee of their security. At worst a visit of a corrupted web page may result in an unnoticed installation of malware through the browser.

Bravesearch.net – Privacy Policy

The privacy policy section of each website should inform users about data collection practices applied by the website and all associated services. In the policy section of Bravesearch.net hijacker, we found that it is able to automatically collect both personally and non-personally identifiable details as long as it has access to the browser. Among the obtained details are:

  • IP Address;
  • Installed Browser Extensions;
  • Cookie Id;
  • URL Referrer;
  • Search queries;
  • Visited websites;
  • Browsing history;

Additionally, the hijacker uses tracking technologies such as cookies, pixels and web beacons to obtain certain information about you and send it to its servers and to its partners’ servers. As of its partners:

Please note that BraveSearch does not control, does not review and has no responsibility for the privacy policies of its service providers or co-operation partners.

On top of that, not all of the company partners are revealed in the policy. Eventually, it is not known how they will operate with the obtained data. The chances are that they will use it for advertising their advertising campaigns or disclose it to other businesses. At worst hackers could obtain the data and make you a target of their malicious activities.

How to Remove Bravesearch.net Browser Hijacker

In order to remove Bravesearch.net from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this nasty program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as after a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool you can see the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Bravesearch.net and remove them from the infected PC. In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Bravesearch.net from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Bravesearch.net

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Bravesearch.net and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Bravesearch.net on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Bravesearch.net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Bravesearch.net with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Bravesearch.net from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Bravesearch.net and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Bravesearch.net:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Bravesearch.net. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Bravesearch.net. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Bravesearch.net via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Bravesearch.net. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Bravesearch.net files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Bravesearch.net, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Bravesearch.net:


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Remove Bravesearch.net from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Bravesearch.net from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Bravesearch.net from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Bravesearch.net from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Bravesearch.net will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Bravesearch.net from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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