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Remove BitSecure AV (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

BitSecure AV is a fake system optimizer that engages in misleading voice notifications after a system scan

BitSecure AV
BitSecure AV is a fake system optimizer that was developed by a Romanian app maker Digital Protect Services S.R.L.

BitSecure AV is a potentially unwanted application that is advertised as an anti-virus program, also capable of performing a set of other functions, such as cleaning disk and registry, providing web protection features, and performing other tasks typical to system optimizers. However, the app is known to show false-positives to deliberately mislead users and convince users buying its licensed version of BitSecure AV.

Potentially unwanted program classification is applied to BitSecure AV not only due to its deceptive practices and questionable benefits but also because it is distributed as an optional component inside third-party software packages. For this reason, users often find the app installed on their systems even if they do not remember it asking for the installation approval. Finally, BitSecure AV also claims that it is approved by bodies like AppEsteem, although the program is simply being monitored as a deceptor.

Name BitSecure AV
Type The application is categorized as a potentially unwanted program and fake system optimizer/antivirus
Installation means Potentially unwanted apps are usually installed via software bundles that are hosted on third-party sites or from the official site when being tricked by fake certification markings or promises
Developer Digital Protect Services S.R.L.
Potential risks Users may spend money on software that uses fake claims about heavily infected or damaged machine
Behavior BitSecure AV uses audio messages to deliver fake warnings about the allegedly infected system and spams users with offers and pop-ups that ask them to purchase its licenced version
Detection 4 AV engines detect the application as insecure or malicious (Virus Total results):

  • Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.W Potentially Unw
  • Program.Unwanted.3484
  • PUP.Optional.BitSecureAV
  • Malicious
Termination Use our detailed removal instructions below or get rid of the unwanted app using anti-virus program that detects the app
Recovery System optimizers might be helpful tools that can help inexperienced users to clean the system from junk and make it run faster. For such purpose, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner

System optimizers generally have a bad reputation, as they often mislead users by showing thousands of entries after a scan, misleading the inexperienced users into thinking that their systems are in deep trouble and need fixing immediately. However, if looking closely, it is evident that BitSecure AV marks various harmless files as dangerous (for example, registry entries that barely take a few kilobytes of space and would not impact the performance of the PC).

However, it does not mean that the functionality of system optimizers is not useful – there are plenty of tools that actually do work and do not show false-positives in order to make you purchase a product that hardly works. Thus, if you installed the PUP intentionally when looking for software that can clean your PC, choose Reimage Reimage Cleaner instead, it can help you remove virus damage and fix various Windows-related issues. However, you should first remove BitSecure AV, as it will not leave you alone and show pop-ups and redirect you to pages that offer to purchase its full license.

The developers of BitSecure AV are highly confident in their product, as they claim on their site:[1]

BitSecure AV is a next generation and advanced protection software that saves your system from potential and harmful threats and infections, all in real-time. It also functions effortlessly to provide you a safe and smooth browsing experience with its features like Firewall and Web Protection.

However, there are many thinks that the app developers Digital Protect Services S.R.L. don't want you to know. BitSecure AV engages in multiple behaviors that are considered deceptive, and here's why:

  • BitSecure AV users Avira's engine instead of its own, which is never mentioned anywhere;
  • The app runs its own scheduled tasks, even if the scheduled scanning option is turned on;
  • The official website shows fake certification badges of AppEsteem and Checkmark, both of which never certified the app;
  • After the scan, the program engages in voiced notifications that claim that the Windows machine is at risk and users need to click on the “Get Protected” button in order to fix found items.

Do not trust the developers of this PUP and hurry up with the BitSecure AV removal process. To assist you with that, we prepared detailed instructions below – follow them carefully. Once you terminate the unwanted application, it is also advisable to scan your machine with anti-malware software.

BitSecure AV PUP
BitSecure AV is a potentially unwanted program that tries to make users believe that their machines are in trouble and need fixing, which can allegedly be done only by the app

Pay close attention when installing software from third-parties

Unlike malware, potentially unwanted programs are not considered to be a significant security threat. However, these applications often engage in deceptive practices that aim to trick users that are less tech-savvy and make them purchase services or functionality that rarely provides any positive effects on the computer. Thus, before you install system optimization tools, you should check for reviews online, as they often show the shortcomings of deceptive apps.

In most of the cases, however, PUPs get installed on the computers without asking for direct permission from users. This is because a so-called software bundling practice is used – it is engineered so that users would not notice optional components during the installation of another application.

Lesvirus.fr[2] researchers warn that vigilance is vital when dealing with third-party software installers, as tricks like fine print, pre-ticked boxes, misleading buttons, and other methods are often used. Also, when installing new apps, make sure you always pick Advanced/Custom settings as it will allow you to detect hidden components that otherwise would be installed without notification.

BitSecure AV fake system optimizer
BitSecure AV presents AppEsteem badge on the official page, although the PUP was never certified by it

Get rid of BitSecure AV fake optimizer and use reliable tools instead

While “BitSecure AV virus” is hardly a correct term, some users might be using it due to deceptive PUP functionality practices, especially when they find it installed seemingly out of nowhere. Regardless of terminology, the app is hardly useful, as it uses another AV maker's database (why not just use Avira instead?) and might actually damage vital Windows parts like the registry. Thus, remove BitSecure AV from your machine and find other tools that can be useful instead of engaging in deceptive practices.

BitSecure AV removal can be performed by using our manual guide below – usually, PUPs are as simple to get rid of like any normal applications. However, for your own safety, we recommend you still scan your device with anti-malware software to make sure no other, more dangerous app, slipped into your system during freeware[3] installation.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . 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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Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage Cleaner, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove BitSecure AV, follow these steps:

Delete BitSecure AV from Windows systems

Access Programs and Features section via Control Panel on Windows operating systems to remove BitSecure AV:

  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 BitSecure AV and related programs
    Here, look for BitSecure AV 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'

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