Qbit PC Speedup Unwanted Application
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Qbit PC Speedup?
The Qbit PC Speedup program is promoted by its developers as a computer optimization tool. It supposedly ensures that computers run smoothly, fast, and without errors, however, Qbit PC Speedup is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
Developers promote this app using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, it is usually installed unintentionally without users' knowledge.
Qbit PC Speedup offers a free scan that searches for various issues, however, none of the detected 'problems' can be fixed without purchasing the full version of this tool. PUAs promoted using the "bundling" method often detect fake issues.
They display fake scan results to trick people into believing that there are problems that should be fixed, and that only their tool can address them (if purchased). It is possible that Qbit PC Speedup is one of these rogue programs.
Furthermore, software developers often bundle more than one program, and thus browser hijackers, adware-type, or other PUAs might also have been installed together with Qbit PC Speedup. Once installed, these apps gather browsing-related information such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on.
Their developers share the information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note, some of these parties might be cyber criminals, and some of the collected information might contain personal details. Furthermore, adware-type apps often deliver intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on.
These can be annoying (they conceal underlying content of visited websites). Clicking them often leads to dubious websites and they can sometimes execute scripts that download and install unwanted, potentially malicious apps.
|Name||Qbit PC Speedup potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appears on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found 'issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposed errors.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Typically, users are tricked into installing PUAs when developers promote them as 'useful' programs (optimizers, cleaners, and so on), however, these apps deliver no real value and are designed only to generate revenue. Furthermore, they are often installed together with other apps that can cause privacy, browsing safety issues, and other problems.
Qbit PC Speedup is similar to Total System Care, SecureDossier, Registry Scanner, and many other rogue programs.
Qbit PC Speedup potentially unwanted application technical analysis:
- Detection names: Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.cug), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.U potentially unwanted)
- Full list of antivirus detections: VirusTotal
- Executable filename: qbpssetup.exe
- Sample first submitted: 2019-03-27
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
As mentioned above, most potentially unwanted applications are distributed via "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into unintentional download and installation of PUAs. Developers achieve this by hiding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings.
Software developers avoid disclosing information about bundling of unwanted apps being and hope that users will not notice them. Unfortunately, many users skip download and installation steps and do not check the settings. In doing so, they allow PUAs to be installed without their knowledge.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
You are advised to download software using official, trustworthy websites and direct links. Do not use torrents, third party software downloaders, unofficial websites, or other similar sources. Download and install software with care: check included "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings.
Deselect or opt-out of all potentially unwanted applications (offers to download or install them) and only then finish the download/installation process. Do not click ads displayed on dubious pages, since they often redirect users to malicious sites relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on.
They can also trigger installation of unwanted applications. If you encounter unwanted ads or redirects, check the list of add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins installed on your browser and remove suspicious/unwanted entries immediately. The same applies to programs installed on your computer (operating system).
If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of Qbit PC Speedup installation setup:
Screenshot of Qbit PC Speedup application:
The appearance of Qbit PC Speedup app (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Qbit PC Speedup?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Qbit PC Speedup" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Qbit PC Speedup did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications are installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the qbit pc speedup potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the qbit pc speedup potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with qbit pc speedup potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the qbit pc speedup potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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