I’m assuming this is some kind of malware. No idea how it got on my system. Bright VPN had no entry under add/remove programs. I had to manually search for and kill it’s executables. The Bright VPN background processes are no longer running in the background, but I’m assuming it’s trigger is still present on my system. MS Defender or MalwareBytes didn’t catch this unfortunately. Every time I restart my system, an Administrator Window of Powershell appears for a split second. A quick look in AutoRuns, shows it’s related to BrightVPN (see pic) but I cannot delete it. I am 100% clueless when it comes to using PowerShell.
Thank you, I know that’s probably the proper thing to do here, wiping the drive and reinstalling Windows. But I was really hoping to avoid that. For what it’s worth, I’ve run Malwarebytes, MS Defender, and 3 different Virus Scan programs, all show clean.