What is Bit Search?
Bit-Search is a dubious search engine and browser hijacker known to transform existing internet browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. If affected, internet users will notice browser redirects to bit-search.com and other webpages.
Bit-Search.com search engine uses potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including suspicious browser helper objects (BHOs), browser add-ons, and extensions that install to Microsoft Windows operating system and attach to multiple internet browsers. These items routinely obtain permissions that allow them to access and corrupt existing internet browser settings, including the homepage and provided search engines, as well as browser themes, bookmarks, and targeted shortcuts.
Malware analyst also find that browser hijackers associated with this search engine may act as a standalone advertising platform or bundle with third-party items, including adware that accesses user information and uses the collected data to generate targeted advertisements.
The most common symptoms of the Bit Search virus (although not technically a computer virus) is unwanted browser start-ups and redirects to Bit Search, sponsored links, and pop-up advertisements that appear while online. Most browser redirects occur when a user opens a new internet browser window, opens a new tab, or a user searches the web using the browser address bar.
How to remove Bit Search
1. Automatic Removal Guide
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. *Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once the Malwarebytes program has been open, if a scan has not initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to initiate a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to remove the files.
6. You may also chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer prove a threat.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings, system startup up settings, and uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found. You may find items such as Bit Toolbar installed that will need to be deleted.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Removal Guide
How to uninstall Bit Search
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to access the Windows 8 Start Menu).
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Bit Search and other potentially unwanted software, including Bit Toolbar. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove Bit Search add-ons and extensions
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Bit-Search.com extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Bit-Search.com add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Bit-Search.com add-on and remove it if located.
How to remove Bit-Search.com search engine
- In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove the Bit-Search.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
- In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the Bit-Search.com search engine from the list.
- In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to the Bit-Search.com search engine to remove it.
How to remove Bit-Search.com homepage
- In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove bit-search.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
- In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove bit-search.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
- In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove bit-search.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.