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BYD ads. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Hello. Not a long time ago I installed a program that was called “Best Youtube Downloader,” but I believe that this program is somehow associated with the problems on my computer that I have noticed a little bit later. It seems that I receive much more promotional content now than I used to before. All the time I see “BYD ads” pop-ups or banners on the websites that I decide to visit. Are these things related? Please answer!

Making the purpose of BYD software clear:

“Ads by BYD” can irritate you to death. BYD is an updated variant of Best Youtube Downloader program, which is developed by Neobars company. BYD is a low-level ad-supported computer threat, which produces infinite ads in a form of banners, pop-ups and sometimes even in-text links. It is a nasty adware program that can step into the computer system without asking for a direct permission to do that. Then it injects its components to the users’ computer and adjusts web browser’s extension list by adding its own extension. This extension is a suspicious element, which is capable of collecting data about your browsing preferences, interests, and similar information. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) is going to gather information about things that you have recently looked up online – your frequently used keywords that you have entered into search boxes, the list of your favorite websites, your downloads list, and bookmarks list as well. This information is collected in order to determine what kind of things are interesting for you. Later, BYD shares this information with third-party sources and generates targeted ads for you.

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Questions about BYD ads

Be a security-minded computer user; please, do not fall for the deceptive ads by BYD content. In most cases, BYD ads do not deliver real offers but display misleading deals in order to seduce you to click on the ad. One click on such ad can result in a BYD redirect to suspicious web domains filled with questionable content. Security vendors advise computer users to avoid browsing on such sites as they can have several infected links placed on the web page, and can initiate a download of a dangerous file. Sometimes even one click is enough to infect your computer, so you should watch and investigate the security of web domains that you want to explore. Our tip is to avoid downloading files from all sources that look at least a bit suspicious to you. Make sure to read users’ judgments and feedback on the program that you want to download and also investigate the reliability of the website that provides the download link. Otherwise, you might end up with an infectious program or even a virus on your computer. If you assume that something is wrong with your computer or that it might be infected with questionable software, we highly recommend installing malware removal tool – Reimage.

How did BYD hijack my computer?

The main reason people end up with PUPs is a careless behavior when installing new applications. You should always opt for Custom or Advanced installation method as you can deselect the unwanted components of the software you are about to install. People usually tend to choose the traditional Standard or Default installation mode, so they end up with potentially unwanted apps on their system as these installation settings simply conceal the arrangements to install bonus apps without notifying the computer user about them. However, if it is too late and BYD virus has already entered your computer, you should remove BYD ASAP. Proceed to the next page to find its removal instructions.

Methods used to remove this intrusive PC parasite:

All PUPs can be deleted either manually or automatically. Needless to say, the automatic removal method is easier and quicker way to banish BYD software from your computer, plus, it ensures your computer’s security in advance, so your computer stays protected for a long time. However, you can also try to remove BYD manually. For that, look at the instructions we have prepared for you:

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To remove BYD ads, follow these steps:

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Eliminate BYD from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall BYD and related programs
    Here, look for BYD or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Delete BYD from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for BYD or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Erase BYD from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for BYD and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete BYD removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of BYD ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, BYD should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove BYD from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select BYD and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete BYD removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall BYD from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select BYD and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete BYD removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate BYD from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for BYD or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete BYD removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
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