What is Bytefence.exe? Should I remove it?
Bytefence.exe is a legitimate file which relies on dubious distribution methods
Bytefence.exe is a legitimate file that belongs to a program called ByteFence. Officially, the software is supposed to protect machines from malware, spyware, and crapware. The file was developed by Byte Technologies and can be included in two versions of the software: Free and Pro.
However, despite being a legitimate file that can be obtained from the official company's website, Bytefence.exe can also invade your computer behind your back and show up in Task Manager. Infiltration is typically done with the help of bundling. Hence, this program and its files have already been added to the PUP category.
The file is entirely safe to use, so, if you see it in the tour task manager, do not panic. However, as mentioned above, it does not use only fair distribution techniques to get into the system. Therefore, many people might find it invasive and not needed. In case you noticed this program performing scans which you did not ask for – remove Bytefence.exe and other files that belong to ByteFence immediately.
If you have been thinking about downloading this program yourself, note that it can also modify your browser settings to redirect your searches to search.yahoo.com. Most likely, the developer is participating in the Yahoo affiliate program, which allows Byte Technologies to earn a commission from every purchase made by users. To avoid that, we suggest you proceed with Bytefence.exe removal.
Some users refer to this program as a Bytefence virus (namely because of altered browser settings, invasive distribution techniques, and information tracking). However, we assure you that the program and its main file Bytefence.exe are safe to use if it is to your liking.
Nevertheless, we suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes if you want the best option of security software. These programs do not tamper with your browser settings and assure full protection of your machine.
Bundling might leave you with unwanted programs
Bundling is a successful marketing scheme that is used all over the world. However, we feel that this marketing campaign is not entirely fair as it tries to gain monetary benefits from users who are not familiar with it, and unwillingly agree to things they usually would not.
Bytefence is not the only program you can obtain via bundling – you can also get other PUPs, like adware. As noted by security experts, it can be potentially dangerous and lead to a very frustrating browsing experience. Therefore, you should take your time while installing the free software you obtained online.
You need to make sure you never skip steps as soon as the installation wizard appears. Do not try to click “Next” quickly. Instead, pick “Advanced/Custom” mode and read through all the instructions carefully. Avoid using “Recommended/Default” settings as these usually do not adequately disclose the full extent of installation. Thus, make sure to untick all the pre-checked tick boxes (such as add-ons, toolbars, search engines, etc.).
You can easily eliminate Bytefence.exe from your machine
As described above, the file is entirely safe to use and is not a virus. However, due to the intrusive nature of the app, we suggest you remove Bytefence.exe from your computer entirely and choose one of these programs: RestoroIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes.
You can proceed with Bytefence.exe removal by using an anti-spyware tool. We do not recommend removing the file manually as there might be some additional components installed as well.
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