Xbit Pro Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Xbit Pro potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Xbit Pro removal instructions

What is Xbit Pro?

Xbit Pro is one of the many optimizing tools that supposed to make computers run fast, smooth and without errors. Nevertheless, its developers promote it by bundling (additionally including) it into other software's setups. For this reason it is very likely that most people download and install it unwillingly (accidentally). Such applications are categorized as potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).

Xbit Pro unwanted application

Xbit Pro allows its users to scan their systems for various problems, however, in order to solve/fix them, it is required to buy it. Simply said, the only free feature is a system scan. It is known that apps of this type (PUAs) that are promoted though other software's setups often provide their users with fake results, the detected problems are just a simulation and they are not real/do not exist on a user's computer. That is the way PUAs developers monetize such programs, they attempt to trick people into thinking that their computers are full of errors and other problems and a particular tool/program can fix all those issues. It is possible that Xbit Pro is one of these programs. Another problem with bundled apps is that quite often they are being bundled together with other PUAs such as adware-type apps and various browser hijackers. Apps of this type usually are designed to feed their users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and other intrusive ads. When clicked, they usually cause redirects to various untrustworthy websites or run scripts designed to download and install other unwanted apps. Furthermore, such apps often gather browsing-related information too: IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites and so on. Their developers share all of it with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. We strongly recommend to uninstall apps of this type immediately. Having apps of this kind installed might cause privacy, browsing safety issues or even more serious problems.

Threat Summary:
Name Xbit Pro potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality System optimizer, registry cleaner.
Detection Names (setup (2).exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of MSIL/GT32SupportGeeks.R potentially unwanted), Kaspersky (HEUR:Hoax.MSIL.Optimizer.gen), McAfee (Artemis!D0900E1494BA), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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.
Removal

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There are many other applications that are distributed the same way as Xbit Pro, for example, TopShape, Nero TuneItUp and G-Cleaner. Typically, developers promote them as useful apps and offer various tools, features and so on. However, programs that are promoted using stealthy methods should not be trusted.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most users install unwanted apps unwillingly/unintentionally. This usually happens when people click intrusive ads or software developers use the "bundling" method to trick users into downloading and installing various PUAs. When apps are bundled, it means that they are included in some software download or installation setups and may get installed together with that software. Developers avoid disclosing information about the bundled apps being bundled into setups properly, they hide PUAs in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings or options. There are many users who perform downloads and installations without checking them, and that is how they cause inadvertent downloads and installations of various unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid undesired downloads and installations we recommend to download various software from official (trustworthy) pages and using direct download links. It is not recommended to use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients and other similar tools to download software. Furthermore, it is important to check what are the "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options or settings of any download or installation setup. Opt-out offers to install additional (unwanted) software and only then finish the download or installation (or proceed to its next step). Intrusive advertisements should not be clicked, especially if displayed on questionable pages. If clicked, they often redirect users to various untrustworthy websites like gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. If intrusive ads appear on any visited website or unwanted redirects happen regularly, then check what extensions (or add-ons and plug-ins) are installed on your web browser and uninstall all unknown, suspicious or unwanted entries immediately. Uninstall unwanted programs installed on a computer (operating system) too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting Xbit Pro application:

xbit pro website

Xbit Pro installation setup:

Xbit Pro installation setup

Appearance of Xbit Pro app (GIF):

xbit pro appearance

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Xbit Pro adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Xbit Pro" 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 Xbit Pro 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the xbit pro 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the xbit pro potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with xbit pro 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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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