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 many optimizing tools that supposedly allows computers to run faster, smoother, and without errors. In fact, developers promote this tool by bundling it into other software set-ups. Therefore, many people download and install Xbit Pro inadvertently or accidentally. These applications are categorized as potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).

Xbit Pro unwanted application

Xbit Pro allows users to scan their systems for various problems, however, to solve/fix them, they are required to purchase the software. The only free feature is the system scan. PUAs that are promoted though other software set-ups often provide fake results. The 'detected' problems are simply the result of a simulation and are bogus - the problems do not exist on the user's computer. PUA developers monetize these programs by tricking people into believing that their computers are full of errors and other problems, and that only a particular tool/program can fix the issues. It is possible that Xbit Pro is one of these programs. Furthermore, these apps are often bundled with other PUAs such as adware-type apps and various browser hijackers. These apps feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and other intrusive ads. When clicked, the ads might cause redirects to untrustworthy websites or run scripts designed to download and install other PUAs. Furthermore, the apps often gather browsing-related information including IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Developers share the data with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. We strongly recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately, since they can cause privacy/browsing safety issues or 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 do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment 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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Many other applications are distributed in the same way as Xbit Pro including, for example, TopShape, Nero TuneItUp, and G-Cleaner. Typically, developers promote them as 'useful apps' and offer 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 inadvertently when they click intrusive ads or software developers employ the "bundling" method to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs. When apps are bundled, they are included with regular software download/installation set-ups and are installed with that software. Developers avoid disclosing information regarding the bundling of apps into set-ups - they hide PUAs in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings or options. Furthermore, many users perform downloads and installations without checking the settings, thereby causing inadvertent download/installation of unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid unwanted downloads/installations, download software from official (trustworthy) pages and using direct download links. Do not use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients and other such tools to download software. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options/settings of the download or installation setups. Opt-out of offers to install additional (unwanted) software and only then finish the download or installation (or proceed to the next step). Intrusive advertisements should not be clicked, especially if displayed on dubious pages. If clicked, they often redirect to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If intrusive ads appear on any visited website or unwanted redirects happen regularly, check extensions (or add-ons and plug-ins) installed on your browser and uninstall all unknown, suspicious or unwanted entries immediately. Also uninstall unwanted programs installed on the computer and operating system. 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 time of research, Xbit Pro did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be 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:

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 plug-ins 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.

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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