How to uninstall BitSecure AV from a computer?

Also Known As: BitSecure AV potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

BitSecure AV removal instructions

What is BitSecure AV?

BitSecure AV is advertised as an antivirus software that includes additional features like firewall, disk cleaner, startup items manager and PC tuner. However, this program is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA), it is because its developers distribute it through setups of other programs. In other words, they include BitSecure AV as an additional offer. People often download and install software of this type unintentionally.

BitSecure AV unwanted application

BitSecure AV allows users to scan their systems for infections, temporary files and caches and other unwanted items, potentially unwanted apps, etc. However, to be able to remove detected viruses, unwanted entries, and so on, users have to activate BitSecure AV. In other words, to buy a full version. As we mentioned in the introduction, this program is categorized as PUA and programs of this type should not be trusted. Quite often they are designed to run scanners that detect fake errors, viruses and other issues so that users would think that their systems are at risk, could run faster, etc. The main goal usually is to trick users into paying money for that particular software/its activation. It is unknown whether BitSecure AV detects fake issues or it is a truly legitimate app, however, since it is a PUA, it should not be trusted. Also, it is worth mentioning that developers often include more than one PUA in various setups, it means that BitSecure AV could be distributed together with some browser hijackers, adware, and other unwanted apps. Typically, browser hijackers change browser's settings to promote some fake search engine and collect various information (like user's IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, etc.). Their developers often share gathered information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Adware is a type of software that serves intrusive advertisements. When clicked, those ads usually lead to unreliable pages or cause downloads (or installations) of unwanted apps as well. We advise against using such PUAs or have them installed, also, we recommend to uninstall BitSecure AV as well.

Threat Summary:
Name BitSecure AV potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality This program supposed to operate as antivirus that includes additional features.
Detection Names DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.3484), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.W Potentially Unwanted), SecureAge APEX (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A 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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BitSecure AV is similar to a number of other programs of this type, for example, PC Power Plus, Quick PC Tuneup and Complete System Care. In most cases these programs supposed to find and fix errors, remove unwanted files and programs, improve system performance, etc. However, it is known that they often provide fake results and do not operate as advertised. For this reason we recommend not to use them and more importantly, not to pay for their activation.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

BitSecure AV can be downloaded from its website. However, most users download and install programs of this type (PUAs) inadvertently. Typically, PUAs get downloaded and/or installed together with other, usually free software. When they are included in its download or/and installation setups. Information about additionally included programs usually are hidden in their "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Nevertheless, it does not mean that unwanted downloads or installations cannot be avoided. In most cases they happen when people download and install programs without changing settings that are available in their setups, or when they intentionally click deceptive ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should not be downloaded (or installed) through third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, unofficial pages, and so on. We recommend to download it using only official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, if a setup contains "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, then they should not be left unchecked. They often contain offers to download or install unwanted software that can be dismissed before completing download or installation process. Intrusive ads (especially when displayed on shady pages) redirect people to potentially untrustworthy sites or download, install unwanted apps. For these reasons it is recommended not to trust and click them. Also, we recommend to uninstall all unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser and programs of this kind that are installed on a computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting BitSecure AV application:

BitSecure AV download website

BitSecure AV installer:

BitSecure AV installer pop-up

BitSecure AV app (GIF):

BitSecure AV application in gif

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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.

BitSecure AV adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "BitSecure AV" 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, BitSecure AV 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 bitsecure av 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 bitsecure av 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 bitsecure av 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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