Qbit PC Speedup removal instructions
What is Qbit PC Speedup?
Qbit PC Speedup is a program that is promoted by its developers as a computer optimization tool. It supposed to make sure that computers run smoothly, fast and without errors. However, it is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). One of the ways developers promote this app is a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Apps that are promoted using it usually get installed without user's knowledge (they install them unintentionally).
Qbit PC Speedup offers a free scan that is designed to look for various issues. However, once it is completed, none of the detected problems can be fixed without purchasing this tool. Quite often PUAs that developers promote using the "bundling" method detect a variety of fake issues. They display fake scan results to trick people into thinking that there are many problems that should be fixed and that a used tool can do it (if purchased). It is possible that Qbit PC Speedup is one of these programs. Besides, software developers often bundle more than one program, it means that some browser hijackers, adware-type or other PUAs might got installed together with Qbit PC Speedup as well. Apps of this type, once installed, gather various browsing-related information such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites and so on. Their developers share it with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note, some of these parties might be cyber criminals, and some of the collected information may contain personal data. Furthermore, adware-type apps often are designed to deliver intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and so on. These ads can be really annoying (they cover contents of visited websites). Clicking them often leads to unreliable websites. Sometimes these ads can be designed to 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 don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found 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.|
To eliminate Qbit PC Speedup potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Typically, users are being tricked into installing PUAs when their developers promote them as useful programs (optimizers, cleaners and so on.) However, very often these apps do not deliver any real value for their users and are designed only to generate revenue. Besides, quite often they get 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 others.
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 file name: 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 using a "bundling" method. Bundling is deceptive marketing method used to trick people into unintentional downloads or/and installations of various PUAs. Developers attempt to achieve it by hiding these apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of this type. Software developers avoid disclosing information about unwanted apps being bundled as much as possible and hope that users will not notice them. Unfortunately, there are many users who skip download or installation steps/do not check the mentioned settings. By doing so they allow PUAs to be installed without even knowing it.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download any software using official, trustworthy websites and direct links. We do not recommend to 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 (opt-out) all the potentially unwanted applications (offers to download or install them) and only then finish the download or installation process. Ads that are displayed on unreliable pages should not be clicked, they often redirect users to shady websites related to gambling, adult dating, pornography and so on. Or they trigger installations of unwanted applications. If you encounter unwanted ads or/and redirects, check the list of add-ons, extensions or plug-ins installed on your web browser and remove suspicious/unwanted entries immediately. Same applies to programs installed on your computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter 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 removal of Qbit PC Speedup potentially unwanted application:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Qbit PC Speedup potentially unwanted application. 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 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 the time of research Qbit PC Speedup did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get unwanted 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 plugins 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove qbit pc speedup potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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