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Bytefence. Is is a threat of a hoax? Guide to remove included

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ByteFence review: a previously-known PUP which has already fixed its respectability

Bytefence anti-malware
Bytefence anti-malware - legitimate tool which has been promoted on the Internet since 2015. However, not all of its users are happy with this software.

Questions about ByteFence redirect

ByteFence anti malware is a legitimate security program that had previously been known for plenty of negative features, such as a silent installation of its free version or system changes, including browser's default search engine to the required one, and so on. The unwanted program's features were completely eliminated last year and program's developers entered a new level. Byte Technologies, the developer of the tool, seems to have stopped using aggressive software marketing techniques while trying to promote bytefence.exe and get its program onto the system without the user's approval. Besides, it does not replace the browser's settings after the installation anymore. Nevertheless, security specialists are still observing this security program and urging users to use more reliable tools for the protection of their Windows computer and laptop. Additionally, Bytefence reddit section is still full of complaints regarding this software.[1][2]

Name ByteFence
Developer Byte Technologies
Price $29.95 for 12 months
size 7 MB
Category Potentially unwanted program
Operating system Windows
Distribution The official website and software bundling
Behavior The constant system scans that report about crapware, viruses
Main risks Spending your money on a product that is weak; downloading a browser hijacker in a bundle
Elimination To uninstall Bytefence from the system, follow the steps provided at the end of the guide

ByteFence is executed via bytefence.exe which is located in “C:\Program Files” subfolder. The file appears on the system upon the program's installation and should not be changed. According to the experts, its behavior and security-oriented principles of operating are very similar to AVG anti-virus.

Despite being a reliable and legitimate tool, Bytefence anti malware safeness is not a hundred percent honest with the software users. Cybersecurity experts[3] found this anti-malware spreading by “bundling.” Misleading distribution method helps the program infiltrate computers without any warning and, therefore, increase it's users' rate and sales. Because of this distribution technique, some of the security vendors (Malwarebytes, eGambit, ESET-NOD32, etc.) have included the program to “potentially unwanted program” category. The entire analysis of security programs that are still detecting this anti-malware as a virus is here

Nevertheless, Bytefence is a legit tool that can protect PCs from malware, spyware, and crapware. Nevertheless, if you do not opt for using it, you should know that you can install this app together with other software as a “free” component. Moreover, the security tool itself usually spreads along with search engine, which once installed can initiate redirects to various websites, including the official program's site. Make sure you remember this fact during 2018.

ByteFence is not a virus. However, it had been spreading around together with the related search engine called which hijacked systems and redirected to sponsored websites. You can see a snapshot of this website above.

Typical operation of the ByteFence Anti-Malware

The program is available to download for free on the official website. A quick setup does not include any additional programs, such as search engines. Therefore, it does not bring any crapware or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) to the computer.

Bytefence installer
Bytefence can be easily installed on the system from its official website. Its trial version is free. After 14 days it expires and the user is asked $29.95 for the full version.

After the installation, users can test ByteFence Anti-Malware Pro. When the free trial is over after 14 days, users are offered to purchase the program for $29.95 for 12 months or $59.95 for 36 months. Once opened, the security program starts a quick system scan.

This scan should only take a few minutes to complete depending on the size of your computer.

Nevertheless, no matter what is reported, the scan took nearly 30 minutes on the average laptop. However, the quick does not seem that quick compared to other security programs. During our test, the antivirus managed to find two “critical risks” on the computer. However, these were just minor adware infections that were silently residing on the computer.

Therefore, the ByteFence might be still exaggerating scan results and warning about high-risk cyber threats that are not as bad compared to ransomware, spyware, Trojans or data-stealing malware.

Bytefence detected malware
Bytefence can be used to detect and remove malware from the system. However, its effectiveness is still very doubtful.

Just like any other security tools, ByteFence is also set to be launched on Windows startup. However, it might slightly impact the speed of a startup. Talking about other features of the program, it also offers:

  • real-time protection (can be disabled);
  • schedule full or quick system scans (every day or every week on the user’s chosen time);
  • whitelist some files from scanning;
  • quarantine removed files;
  • proxy settings;
  • browser protection.

A couple of years ago, anti-malware changed the browser’s settings on the computer and usually surprised users with unwanted changes. Fortunately, this feature no longer exists. The good feature of the program is that it does not use lots of CPU when running in the background. Therefore, it does not make the system sluggish. However, our test results and comparison with other anti-malware tools allows suggesting not to choose Bytefence for computer protection. There is plenty of other great software that can give better and more reliable protection.

Additional activity on the system

A couple of years ago, many users reported unwanted browser activities that emerged soon after the installation of the program. One of them is the ability to replace the browser's settings and redirect to Search which is not a terrible problem because Yahoo is a legit search engine. However, you should beware that this issue can start bothering you as soon as you install this software.

While users can prevent system changes by turning down program's offer to change the homepage and the default search engine, sometimes it is enough to click on a pop-ip ad that appeared on your screen during the installation process.

Bytefence search engine was actively promoted together with anti-malware. At the moment, it is closed.

Previously, the software was redirecting to which is a browser hijacker that stopped working less than one year ago. If you happen to run into this search provider, be sure to remove it because only the official Byte Fence program is considered legitimate.

To avoid software bundles[4] in the future, you have to be very attentive while installing this anti-malware on your computer. Otherwise, you can allow system changes and the installation of additional components, such as cookies.[5] 

Plans to get an activation code of the security program can end up with serious problems

Bytefence antivirus activation code is needed to use all features of the program. However, not everyone is willing to get it legitimately. Some netizens are looking for the cracked program or free license key to use security program. But such activities are illegal and might end up with serious computer-related problems.

Suspicious file-sharing platforms often offer cracked versions of the programs that are supposed to function as original versions. If you do not feel ashamed of stealing from software developers, you should be concerned about possible damage to your device if you install cracked security program instead of buying Bytefence key.

File-sharing websites often include obfuscated programs, meaning that you might be installing not a free antivirus, but malware or spyware. Keep in mind that dealing with such cyber threats require obtaining legitimate and professional tools, so paying for the antivirus is inevitable.

Additionally, various code generators can create working Bytefence activation key 2018 orBytefence activation key 2019. While some of them operate online; others require installing a license key generator or keygen to the computer. Such applications might be dangerous as well. They might not only give a free license key but spy on your activities, steal passwords, display malicious ads or install other dangerous content.

Bundling might still be used for program's distribution

You can download the program to your PC system from its official website. You just need to enter its main site and click the “Free download” button which is placed in the center. At the moment, anti-malware is compatible with Windows OS and cannot be used on Mac OS X.

Previously, its developers used bundling to increase the distribution rate of anti-malware. Less than one year ago, users were still reporting about finding this program after updating/downloading such programs as Format Factory converter, various games, and other software.

To prevent installation of software bundles, you should always opt for Advanced or Custom installation process while installing freeware (download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar free apps) and then refuse to install “optional installs”[6]. Fortunately, bundling is no longer used to promote this anti-malware program.

Bytefence installation

A quick summary of the Bytefence: it's better to look up for another anti-malware

We believe that there are lots of anti-spyware programs, such as Reimage or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, that are more reliable than this tool. However, we should repeat that this program is not harmful at all. In fact, it could help you avoid malware, spyware, and crapware[7] (at least that what is said on its official website).

Nevertheless, be sure to take into account these facts before downloading the anti-malware to your computer:

  • Ability to enter the system without a CLEAR permission asked. Previously, anti-malware was known to spread as an optional component of other free software. 
  • Ability to alter system settings. When the program is downloaded, it may offer you to change the start page, the default search engine, the new tab page, etc. You should turn down these offers because they can initiate redirects, slowdowns and commercial ads in your search results.
  • Ability to slow down a computer and interrupt the user with its ads. If you happen to download this anti-malware to the system, beware that you may notice slowdowns while using your computer. Also, this program can cause unwanted warning messages and ads asking you to buy its full version. 

Instructions on how to uninstall ByteFence from Windows

To remove ByteFence from the system, you can opt for manual steps given below. As we have already mentioned, this app is a legitimate anti-malware, so you just need to follow typical steps used to uninstall programs from the system. The only thing you need to remember is that you should get rid of all related software if you want to uninstall Bytefence completely.

However, according to some users, trying to get rid of the related search engine can be a real pain because its files and components sometimes are hidden deep inside the system. No matter that it seems as the non-essential task, it is important to get rid of all counterparts of Yahoo Search, and similar apps that came to the system together with Bytefence because they may cause the continuous reappearance of this browser hijacker[8].

The easiest way to do that is to opt for the automatic removal option. For helping you to fix your computer, security experts selected several anti-spyware tools. However, you can also take care of ByteFence removal by checking your Task Manager and performing other steps provided in the video guide.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove ByteFence redirect, follow these steps:

Remove ByteFence from Windows systems

If you want to get rid of ByteFence, you can use the tutorial below. Make sure you uninstall all counterparts of the program to prevent its reappearance.

  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 ByteFence and related programs
    Here, look for ByteFence 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'
  5. Remove ByteFence from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase ByteFence from Internet Explorer (IE)

You should reset IE to remove from this browser for good. For that, use the following guide:

  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 ByteFence 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 ByteFence removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete ByteFence redirect from Microsoft Edge

If you can see ByteFence Search on your Microsoft Edge, you can eliminate it by following these instructions:

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, ByteFence should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of ByteFence from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Don't let browser hijackers rule over Mozilla. Remove it from the browser as explained in the guidelines here:

  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 ByteFence 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete ByteFence removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall ByteFence from Google Chrome

To get your default homepage on Google Chrome, remove and its related components from your browser like so:

  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 ByteFence 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete ByteFence removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove ByteFence from Safari

Clean up Safari by following these instructions:

  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 ByteFence or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by ByteFence, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 ByteFence removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. feelinglost says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I cannot remove it no matter what. I give up. This virus sucks!!

  2. Rocky says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    What, why? Lmao it is so easy to clear your computer from it… Cant you see the instructions above?

    If you do not want to deal with it on your own, get an anti-malware. Because why not?

  3. feelinglost says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Oh sorry mr. professional, but not all computer users know every detail about the computer and browser settings so it can be hard sometimes to fix such problems!

  4. Hans09 says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Scam software – it replaced my homepage and every time I open a new tab ,it shows up. Thats annoying! Ill try the manual removal guide, hope it works.

  5. maynard says:
    May 1st, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    windows xp user went to control panel,add/remove program,click on remove but it didnt remove bytefence any suggestions

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