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Remove BatBitRst (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

BatBitRst is highly evasive as well as one of the more serious adware infections that might also install crymptominer on the system

BatBitRst virus

BatBitRst is a malicious adware program that that installs a variety of browser extensions, serves intrusive ads, and changes the web browser, along with system settings. While most of the ad-supported applications[1] are relatively easily terminated and do not pose a great danger, this threat can cause havoc on users' computers.

The reason why BatBitRst adware should be treated more like malware is that it installs a process called setupft.exe to help it perform system changes. However, the main goal of the threat is to induce a variety of sponsored content into users' web browsers, just like FileTour and ScriptGate Chrome extensions that are closely related.

Nevertheless, due to implementation of new scheduled tasks and the installation of such dangerous malware like BitCoinMiner, BatBitRst removal might be complicated, although we will try to help you with the process in this article.

Name BatBitRst
Type Adware/malware
Also known as BatBitRst adware, Adware.Mail.Ru.BatBitRst
Related FileTour extension, ScriptGate extension, setupft.exe process
Infiltration methods  Bundled software, torrent sites and clients, third-party sites 
Symptoms  Intrusive ads and redirects, the appearance of new shortcuts/browser extensions and processes, slowdown of the machine, increased usage of CPU or other resources, software or system crashes, etc.
Risks  Money loss, installation of other malware, sensitive data exposure to cybercriminals, etc. 
Termination  The best way to delete BatBitRst adware is by using reputable security software like ReimageIntego

Adware.Mail.Ru.BatBitRst is mostly delivered through software bundling – this technique relies on users who do not pay attention to the installation procedure of freeware/shareware. Additionally, users visiting and downloading apps from Peer-to-peer networks have a higher chance of infection. 

Unlike regular adware which modifies web browser settings of Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers, BatBitRst virus engages in more significant alternations to the system, such as:

  • spawning new shortcuts;
  • creating new scheduled tasks;
  • preventing users from visiting security-related websites;
  • crashing the system with BSoD;[2]
  • installing further components like BitCoinMiner – a type of malware that abuses CPU power to mine cryptocurrency for criminals illegally.

Do not forget, however, that the primary goal of BatBitRst is to expose computer owners to pop-ups, redirects, deals, banners, flashing windows, in-text links, and other commercial content. This activity guarantees increased traffic to predetermined domains and also artificially elevates the rankings of less trustworthy websites.

Another feature of Adware.Mail.Ru.BatBitRst is its ability to track its users. If you are infected with this adware, you browsing the history, links clicked, IP, ISP, sites visited and other details might be recorded, harvested and shared with third-parties. Besides, private information can be collected as well.

BatBitRst adwareBatBitRst is dangerous malware that can install secondary payloads, such as cryprominers, on the infected device

There is no doubt that you should remove BatBitRst as soon as possible, as the system modifications pose a significant danger to your computer, as well as your own privacy. Without terminating the malicious application, you might end up exposing such sensitive details to cyber criminals like login credentials, banking details, or other data. Finally, threat actors might take over your PC and install further malware, such as ransomware.[3]

To safely terminate BatBitRst adware, you will have to scan your device with reputable security software – and we recommend ReimageIntego, although another powerful AV engine can be used as well. In some cases, you might have to enter Safe Mode with Networking in order to perform a system scan with anti-malware, as BatBitRst virus might compromise security software's operation in normal mode.

Pick your download sources for free applications carefully and do not rush the installation process

While most of the malware uses more sophisticated delivery methods like a botnet chain, exploit kits and others, this adware is usually placed on unsafe torrent or streaming third-party sites, although users might also install it together with other freeware or shareware.

Software bundling is a well-known delivery method for potentially unwanted programs, including adware. While it is one of the ways for freeware developers to monetize, they sometimes agree to add applications into their installers that are not particularly safe, although those people do not care much – they get money for each install. Nevertheless, some secondary applications might be the main payload in the first place, and the initial program might be just a disguise.

BatBitRst infection logA log file displaying infection vectors of BatBitRst malware

Therefore, carefully pick sources for your downloads and pay close attention to the installation of freeware/shareware. Always decline all the deals/offers, never click “Next” several times without looking, uncheck all the boxes, check for the important documents (ToS, Privacy Policy) and always opt for Advanced or Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones.

Perform a full system scan with anti-malware to delete BatBitRst adware

While manual BatBitRst removal is indeed possible, it might be just too complicated for regular users. For example, modified Windows system files like scheduled tasks or rooted applications that were installed by the virus might be incredibly persistent.

Therefore, we highly suggest installing a reputable security tool and scanning your device with it, as it can detect and eliminate all the components of the infection and altogether remove BatBitRst adware. In some cases, entering Safe Mode with Networking is recommended, as BatBitRst virus is known to tamper with security software or its related websites.

Finally, you should also reset all the installed browsers due to BatBitRst's ability to change web browser settings such as homepage and new tab functionality. Besides, a proper browser reset will also get rid of all the unwanted extensions and toolbars, including ScriptGate.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove BatBitRst, follow these steps:

Remove BatBitRst from Windows systems

BatBitRst adware can be difficult to eliminate manually. However, you can look for unwanted applications in the installed programs list via the Control Panel and attempt to uninstall them. Once done, we still advise you to perform a scan with anti-virus.

To remove BatBitRst from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to BatBitRst (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase BatBitRst from Mac OS X system

Macs are also prone to be infected with adware, and security software is also needed for these machines. Terminate the unwanted programs as explained below and then perform a system scan with security application:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove BatBitRst from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for BatBitRst-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove BatBitRst, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to BatBitRst and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the BatBitRst-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall BatBitRst from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for BatBitRst and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete BatBitRst removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of BatBitRst from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the BatBitRst-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete BatBitRst from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Adware often leaves traces within Mozilla Firefox, so its reset would eliminate them fully:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to BatBitRst and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case BatBitRst did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete BatBitRst removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate BatBitRst from Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the main target of Adware.Mail.Ru.BatBitRst, so it is best to reset it after the virus termination is complete:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to BatBitRst by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the BatBitRst-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete BatBitRst removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove BatBitRst from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to BatBitRst and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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