Hi there. Every time I use Firefox, it opens up another “search engine” type site rather than my default search provider Google. The URL is Search.bitcro.com and I believe it must be some kind of browser hijacker threat. I downloaded Ad-Aware and Malwarebytes to scan my system but none of them worked. They showed my computer was clean but I knew it wasn’t. I don’t know what to do now. Is there any other way to get rid of constant redirection to this website? I just want Google back. How do I fix the issue?
Search.bitcro.com has recently been added to “browser hijacker” category that usually displays a spam search engine on its site to trick innocent users. Browser hijacker is a potentially unwanted program, usually a web browser add-on or plugin, which causes modifications in web browser’s settings. Therefore, when this hijacker gets installed on your machine, it is able to change your default homepage, start page and new tab page, alter your search results by adding particular sponsored websites to your search results, redirect you to unknown pages while you are surfing on the Internet or visiting specific websites. Generally speaking, this application can sneak into computer system from freeware, shareware or ad-supported programs. Nowadays there are many different download managers, video streaming programs, video recording programs and similar free programs that have been bundled with suspicious browser add-ons or toolbars. As soon as you download any of them, the browser hijacker will be installed together without asking any permission. The developers of this browser hijacker just want to earn money from visitor traffic, so you will be redirected to Search.bitcro.com again and again and the worse is that you are not allowed to go back to previous page or get your favorite homepage back. There is no guarantee that this site is legitimate and harmless, you’d better get rid of it from your PC quickly.
Search.bitcro.com claims that it is a reputable search tool, but in fact it can not provide any reliable search results. It is a browser hijacker that can take control of IE, Firefox and Chrome browser. Once infected, it can start interrupting you with continuous redirects to suspicious websites trying to increase their popularity. Besides, it will display many unwanted pop-up advertisements including in-text, pop-up, pop-under, contextual and banner advertisements to disturb your online activities. This program also has the ability to change your host files and
DNS settings, therefore you may have an Internet connection problem all the time. What is more, the program can collect information about your browsing activity (especially search queries) and send it to third parties, violating your privacy this way. Typically, browser hijackers provide no uninstall option for computer users so it is hard to delete this threat. We recommend you get rid of Search.bitcro.com hijacker manually to ensure the safety of your computer system.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like Search.bitcro.com may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Search.bitcro.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Search.bitcro.com Hijacker is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Search.bitcro.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Search.bitcro.com is a browser hijacker that replaces your homepage and default search provider. It can be very annoying because it can perform tons of malicious activities on your machine to interrupt your browsing sessions once installed. Although this hijacker doesn’t seem like a dangerous thing, you should know that this search site can cause continuous pop-up notifications in your search results and it has no ability to show you reliable search results. Mostly it will pop up many misleading information and recommend people to download a fake flash update. It is another way for this malware to distribute potentially unwanted programs. The goal of this application is to advertise commercial websites and improve their traffic. However, it clearly uses unfair methods to reach it. In a word, Search.bitcro.com hijacker is an ad-supported application that seeks to earn the money for its developers by filling its search results with commercial content. You should delete it once upon detection before it makes further damages.
Published by & last updated on November 26, 2015 7:40 am