BitX (BitX Player) by DownLite, Inc. is not essentially a malicious program but it will display advertisements and promote third-party programs that it can generate commission from on Windows desktop. The program is also advertised and promoted by websites that contain prohibited and illegal content like streaming videos, torrents, pornography, and satire web publications. Websites that contain prohibited and illegal content utilize advertising platforms that have less restrictions and will allow the type of content. These advertising platforms will additionally advertise rogue programs, malware, deceptive websites, and other security threats. Because BitX is promoted on websites that contain prohibited content it is highly likely that this program may arrive on an infected machine alongside malicious software and potentially unwanted programs.
BitX Player is promoted as a free video torrent player compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android devices that will allow you to instantly stream torrent videos. To use the program you have to find a movie torrent (download or link), drag and drop the torrent file or magnet link into the program interface, and wait for the torrent video to load.
The publisher of the program is well known for utilizing deceptive advertising in the past. The program may be advertised as something it is not in order to trick internet users into installing it and accepting additional downloads.
Removing BitX from your computer immediately is highly recommended. You should do this as soon as possible. This program has a bad online reputation and may be the sign of a more serious computer infection. Use the BitX removal guide below to completely remove this program and other threats from your computer.
How to remove BitX
- Uninstall BitX from your computer
- Remove malware with Malwarebytes
- Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro
- Cleanup junk and repair your settings with CCleaner
Uninstall BitX from your computer
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel (or Programs and Features).
2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program (in earlier versions of Windows this is called Add and remove programs).
3. Double click the BitX program to begin the uninstall process.
Remove BitX with Malwarebytes
2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.
3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.
4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.
Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro
2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.
4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
5. Click the Reboot button.
Cleanup junk and repair your settings with CCleaner
2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.
4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.
How to stay protected against future infections
The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow common online guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.
Real-time security software
Security software like Malwarebytes and Norton Security have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.
Common Online Guidelines
- Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
- Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
- Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
- Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
- If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
- Avoid torrents and P2P clients
- Do not open email messages from senders you do not know