Bnsearch.utop.it is a browser hijacker that is reported by virus researchers to set the questionable search engine with .it domain as a user home-page. Once there, the hijacker may collect different user information via the search engine and based on this it may display ads corresponding to the user’s interests. Such ads may lead to reputable sites but they may also cause double, sometimes triple redirects to malicious URLs that have the ability to infect the user PC with malware or scam him out of his information and money.
|Name||Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker.|
Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
The most likely situation of letting this browser hijacker slip into your computer is by a bundling download. Bundling is an excellent marketing tool and it has been offered by many websites in order to push free programs as extras to the current software installer downloaded by the user.
However, the problem with this is that some third-party sites do not take responsibility as to what applications they bundle in the name of the dollar and they may let PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) like Bnsearch.utop.it related hijacker slip into the user PC.
Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker – More About It
What is more, the suspicious search engine itself does not provide any encryption – a behaviour that is highly untypical for search engines.
The website also features several different types of cookies when you search something with it. As you may know cookies are information collecting technologies.
Such information if shared may be used by malicious individuals in their own interests. It may also be used by the browser hijacker to display advertisements, like pop-ups based on what the user searches, clicks and browsers in general online. Such pop-ups may lead to respectable websites, but they may also lead to malicious URLs that may infect the user PC with malware. Some third-party websites may also be the scamming type and may lure users into entering their financial or other data in order to ‘become a millionaire in 100 days’, for example.
Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker – Remove Completely
In order to remove this hijacker fully from your machine, you should follow the step-by-step removal guide below, containing instructions on how to deal with this threat manually. However, it is highly recommended to perform more than one scans on your PC with an advanced anti-malware program which will make sure all left-over objects, such as cookies, registry settings and possible malware associated indirectly with Bnserch.utop.it have been detected and removed once and for all.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker 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’.
After Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Bnsearch(.)utop(.)it Browser Hijacker will be removed.