The BitCro Search is a browser hijacker. As a result, your home page, new tab page and default search provider are modified by BitCro Search and all your search results are rerouted to an unwanted page or other domains. It can also create lots of pop-up advertisements on your PC system and increase your vulnerability. With the step by step instructions below, you may remove it completely.
In addition, the BitCro Search hijacker infection can also change the search engine selected in the web browser. When you try to search on the infected web browser, you will be presented with search results, consisting of advertisements and Google (or Yahoo, or Bing) search results for your query. Among these search results can occur links that lead to unwanted and ad sites.
Table of contents
- What is BitCro Search
- How to remove BitCro Search from personal computer
- Manual BitCro Search search removal
- How to delete BitCro Search homepage with free applications
- Stop BitCro Search and other unwanted web-pages
- How does your machine get infected with BitCro Search hijacker infection
- To sum up
Often, the personal computer which has been infected with BitCro Search browser hijacker infection, will be also infected by adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that opens a huge number of various ads. It can be pop-ups, text links in the web pages, banners where they never had. What is more, the adware may replace the legitimate ads with malicious ads which will offer to download and install malware and unwanted software or visit the various dangerous and misleading web-sites.
The BitCro Search browser hijacker can modify current settings of all your typical browsers, but often that the unwanted software can also infect all types of browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user to see BitCro Search unwanted site every time run the web-browser.
The guidance below explaining steps to delete BitCro Search start page problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the hijacker that may attack Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge and other popular web browsers. The step by step tutorial will allow you revert back your settings of web-browsers which previously replaced by hijacker.
How to remove BitCro Search from personal computer
There are a simple manual instructions below which will assist you to remove BitCro Search from your Windows machine. The most effective way to delete this browser hijacker is to complete the manual removal guidance and then use Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner automatic tools (all are free). The manual method will help to weaken this browser hijacker and these malicious software removal tools will completely remove BitCro Search and return the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge settings to default.
Manual BitCro Search search removal
Steps to remove BitCro Search hijacker without any applications are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step guidance completely to fully get rid of this intrusive BitCro Search .
Delete all ‘ad supported’ software and other potentially unwanted applications through the Windows Control Panel
In order to get rid of BitCro Search, first thing you need to do is to uninstall unknown and suspicious applications from your system using Windows control panel. When removing this hijacker, check the list of installed applications and try to find suspicious programs and uninstall them all. Pay special attention to recently installed software, as it is most probably that the BitCro Search hijacker сame along with it.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your PC system. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of ads and internet browser redirect to the undesired BitCro Search site. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown below.
You will see a list of software installed on your machine. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop up advertisements and browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to delete is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown below.
Fix internet browser shortcuts
A browser hijacker can hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all web-browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument like http://site.address/.
To clear the web-browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text like “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove BitCro Search redirect from Chrome
If your Chrome internet browser is redirected to intrusive BitCro Search web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your browser program to its default settings.
First open the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the main menu. Further, press the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will run the process of cleaning. Once it’s done, the web browser’s settings including startpage, newtab and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
Remove BitCro Search search from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all web-browser homepage, new tab and search provider by default you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect.
Remove BitCro Search from FF by resetting web-browser settings
First, open the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the BitCro Search browser hijacker. After, it is complete, press the “Finish” button.
How to delete BitCro Search homepage with free applications
The easiest solution to delete BitCro Search hijacker infection is to run an anti malware application capable of detecting hijackers including BitCro Search. We suggest try Zemana Anti-malware or another free malicious software remover which listed below. It has excellent detection rate when it comes to ad supported software, hijackers and other PUPs.
Scan and free your machine of BitCro Search with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for and delete BitCro Search start page from your PC. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the machine.
Now you can install and run Zemana Anti Malware to remove BitCro Search redirect from your web-browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana AntiMalware setup package named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your machine.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Start the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to set up this utility on your computer.
During installation you can change some settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When install is done, this malicious software removal tool will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan” button for checking your PC for the browser hijacker infection which cause a redirect to BitCro Search page. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the application is scanning, you may see count of objects it has identified as threat.
When finished, you will be opened the list of all found threats on your system. Review the results once the utility has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will start to remove hijacker which cause a redirect to BitCro Search page. Once the process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC to make the change take effect.
Scan and clean your machine of browser hijacker infection with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC system of the hijacker. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal application created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you remove browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, malicious software, ad-supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
- Download Malwarebytes (MBAM) from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- Once downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is complete, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker which designed to redirect your internet browser to the BitCro Search web site. While the program is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified as threat.
- After the scan get finished, it will display a screen which contains a list of malware that has been detected. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and press “Quarantine Selected”. Once finished, you can be prompted to reboot your PC system.
The following video offers a step-by-step guide on how to remove hijackers, adware and other malicious software with Malwarebytes.
Double-check for potentially unwanted applications with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana anti malware cannot delete this browser hijacker, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for hijacker infections, adware, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: November 17, 2018
- Select the file location as Desktop, and then press Save.
- Once the downloading process is finished, launch the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” to perform a system scan for the hijacker infection that redirects your internet browser to intrusive BitCro Search page. This process may take quite a while, so please be patient. While the utility is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
- Once the scanning is complete, it’ll open you the results. In order to remove all items, simply click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to reboot your computer, click “OK”.
The few simple steps shown in detail in the following video.
Stop BitCro Search and other unwanted web-pages
We recommend to install an ad-blocking program that can stop BitCro Search and other undesired web sites. The ad blocking tool such as AdGuard is a program that basically removes advertising from the Net and stops access to malicious web-pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad blocker programs is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Internet.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking application is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
When downloading is complete, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as shown below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, sites such BitCro Search, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How does your machine get infected with BitCro Search hijacker infection
Usually, BitCro Search browser hijacker gets into your machine as part of a bundle with free software, sharing files and other unsafe programs which you downloaded from the World Wide Web. The developers of this browser hijacker infection pays software creators for distributing BitCro Search browser hijacker infection within their applications. So, third-party programs is often included as part of the setup file. In order to avoid the installation of any browser hijackers like BitCro Search: choose only Manual, Custom or Advanced installation method and uncheck all additional programs in which you are unsure.
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be clean of the BitCro Search startpage. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up ads and unwanted malicious web sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new hijacker infections, malware and ad-supported software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove BitCro Search from the Google Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.