Remove Bitlord (Removal Guide) - Jan 2021 update

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Bitlord Removal Guide

What is Bitlord?

BitLord torrent downloader might clutter your system with potentially unwanted programs

Installation of BitLord

Bitlord claims to be “the easiest torrent downloader,” although in reality it is a potentially unwanted program, which can be included to 'adware' and 'browser hijacker' category. It seems that it has already initiated problems for many PC users that keep looking for a method that could help them remove this program from their computers. Once installed, the suspicious software installs BitLord Toolbar on the most popular browsers and changes default homepage to search.conduit.com.

Previously, Bitlord used to be an open-source[1] software, but later its developers officially made it a closed source (proprietary) software. The software received a lot of criticism from users claiming that open-source software is likely to be less suspicious as anybody can see the code. Some users have expressed complaints about a bunch of spyware programs appearing on the system right after installing BitLord.[2]

In March, 2012, authors of this potentially unwanted software decided to launch a version of Bitlord for Mac OS X. Since then, Windows users aren't the only ones concerned about the issues caused by this software.

According to experts, Bitlord is mostly spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware, what explains why it has easily tricked thousands of PC users into installing it. As soon as it enter computers, this program affects all web browsers that are installed on the system and starts showing up everytime victims start browsing on the web.

The said hijacker also alters homepage settings to promote a highly untrustworthy search tool known as Conduit Search. Cyber security experts have known this cyber threat for years as it always renews its activities and spreads with the help of different freeware. It works as a browser redirect virus that serves sponsored search results to the victim and likely triggers redirects to vague external sites.

If your computer started to act suspicious after installation of the described torrent downloader, do not hesitate and remove BitLord virus instantly. Since this computer software is known to be promoting other spyware-type programs, we strongly recommend using an anti-malware software for its removal. If you do not have such software yet, think about programs like ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. You can find their reviews on our website.

Questions about Bitlord

BitLord Toolbar virusBitLord often adds its toolbar to victim's browsers and changes default search engine. In addition, annoying ads might start appearing on screen.

In case you are determined to get rid of the suspicious virus manually and complete BitLord removal by wiping out all ad-supported programs at once, please read the guide we provided carefully. However, DieViren.de professionals[3] still suggest performing a free system scan using anti-malware software afterwards to find out whether all of the questionable files were removed.

Ways to install the dangerous downloader on your computer

Bitlord can be downloaded from the Internet just like any other application. However, it mostly gets inside its target PC systems in a bundle with freeware and shareware.

If you found Bitlord Toolbar on your computer, it means that you agreed to install it when downloading other programs from the Internet. Beware that, no matter how trustworthy it looks, this program may start showing its commercial ads, initiate browser's redirections and track your browsing habits.

This feature can easily lead you to the loss of your personal information and additional problems. That's why we don't recommend leaving Bitlord on your computer.

Questions and answers about BitLord (Windows & Mac issues)

Question: I was tricked into installing BitLord while browsing The Pirate Bay website. Now I can't uninstall this program from my Windows computer no matter what. What is the right way to eliminate this malicious software that displays ads for me?

Answer: You can uninstall BitLord using uninstaller (Bitlord-uninst.exe) that stays in the program's folder. To access this folder, right-click on Bit Lord's shortcut on your desktop and choose Open File Location.

Open the uninstaller and follow the steps displayed on your screen for a successful elimination of the potentially unwanted program. Alternatively, you can delete this software via Control Panel (see instructions provided below the article).

Question. How to uninstall BitLord on Mac? I tried dragging it to Trash but all I get is a message saying “The item 'BitLord' cannot be moved to the Trash because it can't be deleted.” How am I supposed to delete this virus in a different way?

Answer. Dear visitor, the first thing you want to do is to Force Quit BitLord app. Afterward, you will need to trace down a list of dangerous components associated with a DownLite trojan (Mac malware). You can find in-detail instructions how to fix your Mac below.

You should always carefully check what applications you install on your computer (Windows or Mac). Reading user reviews online is always a good idea. Contrary to a popular belief, Macs are actually vulnerable to spyware/malware variants, so users of these computers should also stay vigilant when installing software from various third-party sources.

Remove Bitlord client from your Windows or Mac computer

If you noticed that Bitlord Toolbar affected your web browsers, you should waste no time and remove BitLord virus from the system. First of all, we recommend checking the system with updated anti-spyware and eliminating malicious files. This can be done with a help of ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or any other reputable anti-spyware.

As always, you can also attempt to perform a manual BitLord removal. We would like to remind you that this method is not as safe as the automatic one as you risk leaving some hazardous files on your system. To uninstall Bitlord Toolbar and other components related to the described malware, follow the provided guidelines.

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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Getting rid of Bitlord. Follow these steps

Erase Bitlord from Windows systems

Access the list of recently installed programs and uninstall suspicious programs including, but not limited to:

  • BitLord;
  • BitLord Toolbar;
  • Conduit Search;
  • Trovi;
  • Settings Manager;
  • BitLord Toolbar for IE.

To remove Bitlord 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 Bitlord (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.

Delete Bitlord from Mac OS X system

First of all, Force Quit BitLord and then access Applications folder to find and move the virus' icon to Trash.

In addition, you should complete the following list of tasks:

1. Search your Mac for the following value:

/Library/LaunchAgents/com.vsearch.agent.plist

You should access a folder called VSearch. Drag the com.vsearch.agent.plist to Trash.

Now, search for the following values and delete these items from your system in the same manner:

/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.helper.plist
/Library/LaunchDaemons/Jack.plist
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.daemon.plist

Empty Trash. Now, restart Mac. Continue deleting the following values:

/Library/Application Support/VSearch
/System/Library/Frameworks/VSearch.framework
/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/Jack

Remove Bitlord from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Bitlord-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 Bitlord, 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 Bitlord and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Bitlord-related entries. Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Bitlord 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 Bitlord-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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Eliminate Bitlord from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 Bitlord and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Bitlord 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 Bitlord removal. Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Bitlord from Google Chrome

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 Bitlord 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Bitlord in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Bitlord-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 Bitlord removal. Reset Chrome 2

Erase Bitlord from Safari

Clean Safari from questionable extensions such as Bitlord Toolbar, Spigot, Conduit, or the like.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Bitlord 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Bitlord registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting Bitlord

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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