Qbit System Care removal instructions
What is Qbit System Care?
Qbit System Care (or Qbit ~System Care) is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) designed to clean, optimize, and speed up Windows computers. It is categorized as a PUA due to the method that developers use to distribute it - they include Qbit System Care into the set-ups of other programs. Typically, people agree with offers to download and/or install this additional software inadvertently or unintentionally. Research shows that Qbit System Care advertises another PUA called Driver Updater.
Like many other PUAs, Qbit System Care allows users to scan their systems for malware (or other unwanted software), startup, and other items that could impact system startup time and overall system performance. In fact, none can be removed without purchasing (activating) Qbit System Care. PUAs often detect fake issues. They trick users into believing that their computers could run faster, without errors, etc. if they fix detected issues using the activated version. Generally, these versions are not free. It is unknown whether Qbit System Care generates fake results, however, many PUAs have this behavior. Qbit System might also be distributed together with other PUAs including, for example, browser hijackers and adware-type apps. In this way, they often try to trick people into downloading and/or installing more than one PUA at once. Browser hijacking apps change browser settings to promote dubious websites, typically fake search engines. Additionally, they gather information relating to users' browsing habits including, for instance, IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, and other data of this kind. Developers send this data to other people (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Adware is software that displays advertisements. When installed, it feeds users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. Generally, these conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, cause redirects to dubious web pages or run scripts that download and/or install unwanted software. In summary, apps of this type might cause problems with browsing safety, privacy, or even lead to identity theft. Software such as Qbit System Care should never be trusted. We recommend that you remove this software and any other PUAs installed on the operating system and/or browser.
|Name||Qbit System Care potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||This program supposedly cleans, optimizes, and speeds up computers.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:DUOffer-A [Dcp]), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.MP), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.U Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.dkk), 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.|
|Additional Information||Qbit System Care is used to promote another PUA called Driver Updater.|
|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 Malwarebytes.
Most PUAs are presented as useful and legitimate, however, they are often distributed through the set-ups of other programs, provide no real value, and often cause problems. More examples of programs similar to Qbit System Care are PC Power Plus, Quick PC Tuneup, and Complete System Care.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
People generally download and install PUAs (including Qbit System Care) unintentionally when they are included into the set-ups of other programs. This deceptive distribution method is called "bundling". Information about these additionally-included apps is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of the download or installation set-ups. These apps are thus downloaded and/or installed when users fail to check these settings. By leaving them unchanged, they unintentionally allow PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed together with regular software. In some cases, unwanted downloads and installations are caused through deceptive ads. When clicked, some can execute scripts that download or install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Download software from official websites and avoid downloading or installing through unofficial websites, third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and so on. Check "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings of any download/installation setup. They often contain offers to download or install additional software. Avoid clicking suspicious, intrusive ads, since they usually redirect to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. In most cases, ads of this kind are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. Browsers often open dubious pages and/or display ads due to PUAs already installed on browsers or computers. In these cases, remove all unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug ins installed on the browser, and programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Website promoting Qbit System Care application:
Qbit System Care installation setup:
Appearance of Qbit System Care application (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Qbit System Care?
- 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 ~System Care" 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 System Care 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:
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 system care 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 system care 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 system care 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 system care 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove qbit system care potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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