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utop-it-remove-sensorstechforum Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it has been reported to change the home-pages of users’ browsers and thus, the risky website should be treated as a browser hijacker. In addition to that, the risky software may collect personal information from users. The website can also display advertisements based on what users search online. Since some ads displayed by Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it software may lead to third-party pages that may also collect personal information or be malware-related, the best advice is to remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it from your computer.

NameBitsheakers(.)utop(.)it
TypeBrowser Hijacker/PUP
Short DescriptionThe page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.
SymptomsThe user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution MethodBundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss about Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it Software.

Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It

You may have gotten this unwanted software via a so-called bundled download. It is an effective and aggressive marketing method, and it has been provided by many sites to advertise programs in the setups of other software. Bundling is most likely present when freeware is involved, and you may encounter it in one of the installation steps of the “Custom” or “Advanced” install processes.

The problem with bundling is that there are still some third-party websites that do not mind advertising any type of applications this way, even if they are heavily ad supported. This may be the case of Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it program with may slither into your computer “as a free extra”.

Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker – More About It

After the software has been set up and is running on your computer, it employs different types of cookies and tracking technologies. Cookies are small text files which store different information on your PC. After this is done, the riskware may set Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it as your home page or a new tab page.

According to the privacy policy of the site, it and its associated third-parties may collect different information via these tracking technologies:

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In addition to that, when we checked the site itself it was quickly established that it does not support encryption – something highly untypical for search engines.

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When a phrase or a word is searched with the search engine, it displays results from Bing, Yahoo and Google which means it uses their databases instead of its own:

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In addition to that, the search service also uses different types of cookies to track different information about your online activity.

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This info might be used for different purposes. One of its uses is by malicious third-party individuals that have their interests in the matter. For example, it may be traded to hackers who can use it to infect your computer, or it may be traded to display targeted advertisements so that you may click on them. Once clicked on, such ads may lead users to third-parties of different character. The main dangers associated with such websites may be divided into two types:

  • Scamming websites.
  • Malicious websites.

Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker – Remove Completely

In case you are determined to get rid of this browser hijacker from your computer, it is advisable to follow the below-mentioned removal instructions. They will assist with uninstalling this cyber-threat methodologically and effectively. Furthermore, we advise you to perform more than one scan on your computer with an anti-malware scanner since who knows which sites this riskware may have led you to already. This will also ensure that you will detect all registry objects and files associated with Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it
browser hijacking software and remove them.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it.

    Step 2: Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it and click “Remove

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    After Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it associated files automatically.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    3. Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it associated files completely.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it should be restored.

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    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it threat: Manual removal of Bitsheakers(.)utop(.)it requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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