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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission

Bronze Aid

Bronze Aid is a sly little program that introduces itself to users as a beneficial shopping assistant. If you believe the official slogan, this program can help you “every step of the way.” The surprising detail is that the official website, bronzeaid.com, does not provide a lot of useful information. Sure, it provides a link to the Privacy Policy, and that is very important; however, it does not actually show how the program works or what its features are. Of course, most users do not even know about this site because it does not provide an installer. Most users remove Bronze Aid after they execute some kind of a software bundle. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the programs associated with this suspicious adware (advertising-supported software) will be reliable. It is more likely that you will need to delete them. Continue reading to learn how to remove adware from your PC.

Once installed, Bronze Aid dropped to a folder under C:\Program Files (x86). This folder includes an uninstaller, as well as another folder that holds adware files. For example, it can carry [random letters and numbers].dll file (e.g., f374d042-c756-455b-b11b-e79fb030c4fe.dll), as well as a Firefox extension file called “firefox@www.bronzeaid.com.xpi”. Once activated, this program secretly communicates with remote servers over the Internet. It can connect to its own server, bronzeaid-a.akamaihd.net, as well as hdapp1008-a.akamaihd.net, a server that is estimated to receive over 2.6 million unique visitors every single day. Bronze Aid does not include a code that provides ad functionality. Instead, it connects to remote servers to load this code. You need to remove adware files to stop this communication. You also need to stop connection to remote adware servers. Because these servers are ever-changing, there is no point in listing them here, but, of course, it is due to the connection to these servers that you will start seeing ads every time you browse the web.

Wander Burst, Gravity Space, Jungle Net, and Glass Bottle are few of the many clones that Bronze Aid has. These advertising-supported programs were created using the Injekt engine; however, each of them might be created by different parties. Bronze Aid, for example, is signed by Pulse Rate. Regardless of the parties controlling these programs, all of them display ads, pop-ups, and shopping offers that, of course, either provide links to third-party sites or promote third-party services. The ads shown by Bronze Aid are based on the information that can be recorded using browser cookies, Adobe Flash cookies, pixels, beacons, JavaScript, and other data-tracking technologies. If you do not remove Bronze Aid cookies, they will record information about your browser, hardware, and software installed, as well as track your browsing activity, location, and interests. As stated in the Privacy Policy, this information is collected for “marketing, advertising, and analytical purposes.”

According to our researchers, Bronze Aid is very similar to SuperWeb adware. Unsurprisingly, Bronze Aid and SuperWeb adware share the same CLSID, {F83D1872-D9FF-47F8-B5A0-49CC51E24EE8}. Of course, the adware we are suggesting to remove also has a unique CLSID; however, it might change. Applications created using the Injekt engine might have even up to four different CLSID numbers that differ from one system to the next. Unfortunately, you might have to hunt down and remove CLSID keys using the Registry Editor, as they might be left behind during the uninstall. Files could remain active as well, which is why manual removal is not ideal in all cases, especially if the user trying to remove Bronze Aid is inexperienced.

What are your thoughts on the removal of Bronze Aid? Do you trust you can delete this adware manually? If you are determined to tackle this infection manually, keep in mind that it will not be enough to uninstall it via Control Panel. You also need to think about third-party malware or undesirable software that could have been installed along with Bronze Aid. If you do not have enough knowledge or skills to delete all threats from your PC manually, there is no reason to waste your time when removing some of them. Instead, utilize an antimalware tool that will scan your PC and delete all threats automatically. If you still want to delete Bronze Aid manually, follow the guide below, and do not forget to remove the leftovers. Note that if you are having trouble identifying the leftovers or third-party malware, a legitimate scanner can help you out.

Bronze Aid Removal

Remove from Windows 10/Windows 8.1/Windows 8:

  1. Tap Win+R to launch RUN and enter Control Panel.
  2. Under Programs click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the application you wish to delete and click Uninstall.

Remove from Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Navigate to the Taskbar and click the Start/Windows button.
  2. Open the Control Panel menu and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to delete and click Uninstall.

Delete from Windows XP:

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Move to the Change or Remove Programs menu and Remove Bronze Aid.

Remove the leftovers

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\[random letters and numbers]
C:\ProgramData\[random letters and numbers]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{[unique ID number]}

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