ByteFence is promoted as a program that protects systems from various kinds of intruders including spyware, worms, trojans, ransomware, etc. The program may also scan your system for free. Even though this is great news and it is a legitimate software, experts recommend to do your research carefully before relying on the software to protect key information. For one, the version which is free only has scanning capabilities and requires to purchase the licensed version in order to remove any threats. Furthermore, the software has been believed to behave like Ramnit, according to VirusTotal and is detected by other anti-malware companies as such. It has been reported on multiple security forums, including the MalwareBytes and BleepingComputer forums for being a “knock off” software.
What Does ByteFence Redirect Do?
Experts believe that since the web page`s whole first page were solely advertisements being displayed, these cookies may have been previously used to display those ads based on what the user searches online. The ads may have previously linked to several different third-parties and we all know from common sense that some suspicious third-party sites may conceal certain risks for the user since they all have different privacy policies.
How Did I Get ByteFence Redirect on My PC
As claimed by security engineers, ByteFence may use some interesting methods to be distributed. Although the program may be available(at the time of writing this) on its official website (bytefence.com) and the domain which used to be its search engine, it is doubtful that users have downloaded it themselves from there.
Most often, the program may be installed on user PCs via bundled installers. In other words, it might be attached to the setup wizards of various free programs that may be acquired from a number of software dispenser websites. Unfortunately, most users are not all that vigilant when installing software, they may just want to get it over with as quick as possible. Clicking the “Next” button over and over until the installation is over will most likely result in additional programs being installed without the user actually noticing them, such as ByteFence. This tool, called bundling is used by many legitimate programs as a form of aggressive marketing.
ByteFence Redirect Description
How to Remove ByteFence Redirect
Often programs related to search engines such as search.ByteFence.com may be able to be removed manually. However, the method is not always efficient since there may be some cookies as well as Windows Registries left behind just like with any other software. Furthermore in case you have visited suspicious third-party websites advertised, it is important to check your computer for other unwanted software as well. Still, you can try out the software if you want.
In case you have decided to remove it, just go to Control Panel, open the list of programs, and uninstall ByteFence. Another thing to do is go to your browser’s settings and reset them. You may also want to follow our general instructions for manually removing unwanted software below to remove it methodologically. Sometimes, such software may spread to numerous folders, so some may still remain although you have removed the files associated with them.
- Guide 1: How to Remove ByteFence from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of ByteFence from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove ByteFence from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase ByteFence from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall ByteFence from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove ByteFence from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate ByteFence from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove ByteFence from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ByteFence
Step 2: Uninstall ByteFence and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ByteFence on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ByteFence there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of ByteFence from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall ByteFence and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove ByteFence via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove ByteFence files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ByteFence, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove ByteFence from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase ByteFence from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall ByteFence from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove ByteFence from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ByteFence will be removed.
Eliminate ByteFence from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.