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Remove Bit Search redirect (Removal Instructions) - updated Dec 2019

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Bit Search virus, Bit Search hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers

Bit Search – a browser hijacker that can set the web browser's search engine to only-search.com

Bit Search browser hijacker
Bit Search is a browser hijacker that can collect non-personal information about the user's browsing sessions

Bit Search is a search engine that has been getting increasingly popular on the Internet, but, unfortunately, not in a positive way. Security experts started noticing that it is acting in a misleading manner and seeks to infiltrate random computers without being noticed. Later on, they have found out that this suspicious search engine is employed by suspicious third parties in order to take over users' search sessions and make them visit predetermined websites. That is why various reputable security vendors have labeled Bit Search as a browser hijacker[1] and a potentially unwanted program.

If you are reading this article due to the fact that you have found Bit-Search.com as your homepage, new tab URL bar, and search engine, then you should take needed actions to restore DNS settings of your web browsers. Besides, this browser hijacker is capable of setting the search engine to another unreliable one named only-search.com.

Name Bit Search
Type Browser hijacker/potentially unwanted program
Danger level Low. It does not destroy the computer or lock files. However, redirects can take you to potentially malicious locations
Search engine This browser-hijacking app can set the default search engine to Bit-Search.com or to only-search.com
Activities Besides modifying major browser settings, the PUP can load the user's browser sessions with unwanted advertisements, redirects, and collect information related to the user's browsing history
Removal You can use automatical or manual removal guidelines to get rid of this potentially unwanted program. Employ reliable software or go to the end of this article and check the step-by-step instructions there
Fixing If you have discovered some system compromisation after the browser hijacker attack, you can try recovering the machine with the help of software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

You should never rely on search engines that you are not familiar with, especially the ones that have infiltrated your computer without being noticed and Bit Search is definitely one of them. As we have already mentioned, this rogue app has been created in order to serve third-parties and increase their page rank or sales.

That is why you can expect to receive altered search results from this plug-in. It may deliver you sponsored links in the priority and you may not even suspect that you are visiting suspicious websites. Bit Search can get you easily involved in redirecting sessions some of which might accidentally force you to land on a malware-laden location.

Bit Search
Bit Search is a browser hijacker that sets the default search engine to bit-search.com or only-search.com

By the way, when people use this search provider willingly, it becomes an easy task for its developers to investigate users' search queries, websites that they visit and other personally non-identifiable information without asking the user's permission. Be aware that Bit Search might be capable of collecting the following information:

  1. Commonly visited websites;
  2. Hyperlinks and ads accessed;
  3. Bookmarks[2] saved;
  4. Offers and deals searched;
  5. Your IP address;
  6. Geolocation.

In some cases, Bit Search might get the hold of your email address and you might start receiving dozens of spam messages in your email's Spam section. The main goal of collecting information that we mentioned before is to get users involved in targeted advertising where the developers can benefit from each click.

Bit Search can provide you with various bogus offers and deals that force you to believe in needing a particular product or service when you truly do not need them. You might also be provided with offers to purchase rogue security products which you have to deny, otherwise, you will end up spending money for a completely useless app.

Regarding the frequency of the activities that are promoted by Bit Search, your web browsers might start struggling to perform search queries and experience constant freezes. The same might happen to your computer if the browser hijacker starts overusing your system's resources such as the CPU's[3] energy.

Bit Search virus

Bit Search removal is a way to prevent these things from happening. The potentially unwanted program should be eliminated not only from the computer system but also from web browser apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari that might be filled with PUP-related objects.

When you remove Bit Search completely, you can start looking for system compromisation signs. Due to the fact that PUPs can bring other PUPs or even malware to the computer, some system objects of yours might have gotten affected by this factor. If there is some damage to fix, try repairing it with software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

The appearance of browser hijackers

If you are one of those users who do not pay enough attention to the installation process of free programs, it is very likely that one day you will find your default search engine and homepage modified too questionable new ones. Browser-hijacking products are inseparable from various freeware and shareware installations.

The PUP comes as an optional download to various download managers, video and audio players, PDF converters, and other similar programs that are promoted on various download websites for free, for example, cnet.com, download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com. This so-called “bundling” distribution method is misleading and very frequently tricks people into accepting various PUPs without even noticing them.

If you want to avoid this, always select the Advanced or Custom installation and follow the process with extreme carefulness. Deselect all unfamiliar programs that may be suggested to you and under any circumstance do not accept to install any unrecognizable plug-ins and modify your web browser's DNS settings. 

Continuously, browser hijackers might appear on third-party websites injected into specific advertisements, hyperlinks, or fake software updates. According to cybersecurity specialists from LesVirus.fr,[4] you should prevent yourself from visiting unsecured pages and always have reliable antimalware protection running that will inform you if some type of threat is trying to invade your computer system.

Removing Bit Search virus

It is always recommended to get rid of Bit Search virus and similar hijackers, adware and other PUPs automatically because they may have inserted various registries into your computer system. These components might be difficult to detect sometimes by the human eye as they can be deeply hidden. However, if you are not fond of using additional software, you can follow the guidelines that are below and remove Bit Search by using your own effort.

Keep in mind that manual Bit Search removal requires a big variety of activities that includes not only deleting the program from your Windows or Mac computer. The browser hijacker probably filled your browser apps with unwanted content such as extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons. If you want to get rid of the cyber threat properly, you will have to clean browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer.

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To remove Bit Search redirect, follow these steps:

Eliminate Bit Search from Windows systems

To eliminate the bogus app from your Windows PC, apply the following guiding steps.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Bit Search and related programs
    Here, look for Bit Search or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Bit Search from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall Bit Search from Mac OS X system

To get rid of unwanted programs from your macOS system, use the below-provided guidelines.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Bit Search or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove Bit Search from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Bit Search and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Bit Search removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Bit Search redirect from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Bit Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Bit Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Bit Search and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Bit Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Bit Search from Google Chrome

To clean Google Chrome from suspicious products, apply these below-provided instructions.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Bit Search and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Bit Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Bit Search from Safari

To wipe out unwanted components from Safari, use the following guidelines.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Bit Search or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Bit Search, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Bit Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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