Are you open your favorite browser and do not see usual homepage, which is set earlier? The ByteFence or search.bytefence.com site is the first thing which pop up once you run your internet browser? It means that an obnoxious browser hijacker gets installed into your personal computer. If you get it on your computer, this unwanted software can modify certain web-browser’s settings such as startpage, new tab page and default search provider. So, the ByteFence can be opened when you create a new tab in your web browser, or when you try to search for any information within the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge, because the browser hijacker modifies the internet browser’s search provider.
Except that the ByteFence makes changes to web-browser’s startpage and newtab page, it also changes your search engine, which leads to the fact that use of the browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of lots of ads, links to unwanted and ad web pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search engines like Google or Bing.
Often, the PC system that has been infected with ByteFence hijacker infection, will be also infected with adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which displays a large amount of various ads. It can be pop-ups, text links in the web pages, banners where they never had. What is more, the adware can replace the legitimate ads with malicious advertisements that will offer to download and install malicious software and unwanted software or visit the various dangerous and misleading web-sites.
It’s important, don’t use ByteFence web page and do not click on ads placed on it, as they may lead you to a more harmful or misleading sites. The best option is to use the steps posted below to free your PC system of browser hijacker infection, remove the ByteFence start page, and thereby return your previous home page and search provider.
Table of contents
- What is ByteFence
- How to remove ByteFence redirect
- How to remove ByteFence without any software
- ByteFence redirect automatic removal
- Block ByteFence redirect and other intrusive web-pages
- How to ByteFence browser hijacker get installed onto computer
- Finish words
How to remove ByteFence redirect
As with deleting ‘ad supported’ software, malware or potentially unwanted software, there are few steps you may do. We recommend trying them all. If you do only one part of the instructions, then it should be use malicious software removal utility, because it should get rid of hijacker and stop any further infection. But to completely remove the ByteFence you will have to at least reset your web browser settings such as newtab page, startpage and search provider by default to default state, disinfect web browsers shortcuts, uninstall all unwanted and suspicious applications, and get rid of hijacker infection with malicious software removal tools. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your browser or reboot your computer.
How to remove ByteFence without any software
The few simple steps will help you delete ByteFence redirect. These ByteFence removal steps work for the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows operating system.
Uninstall ByteFence from computer by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of undesired advertisements or web browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will display a list of all programs installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown programs including the following: “ByteFence Anti-Malware”,”ByteFence Module” and “Search Provided by Yahoo”. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video guidance below.
Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts
When the hijacker is started, it can also modify the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the internet browser, it will open an intrusive web page.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut that you use to launch your web browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser which is rerouted to the ByteFence or other annoying page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker can change the contents of this field, which describes the file to be launch when you open your browser. Depending on the internet browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text such as “http://site.addres” which has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the screen below.
Next, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you launch the internet browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the ByteFence site or any other annoying sites. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove ByteFence redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to recover all browser startpage, new tab and search engine by default you need to reset the IE to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, start the IE. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove ByteFence redirect from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the hijacker, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to recover the browser’s homepage, newtab and search provider by default that have been changed by browser hijacker.
- First run the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is finished, your web browser’s startpage, new tab and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of ByteFence from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your internet browser program, including the redirect to ByteFence web-site.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown on the image below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your FF web browser settings to its original state.
ByteFence redirect automatic removal
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely delete browser hijacker from the infected machine. So, we recommend to scan your PC for any remaining malicious components with free hijacker infection removal programs below.
Automatically get rid of ByteFence redirect with Zemana Anti-malware
You can delete ByteFence redirect automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We recommend this malware removal tool because it can easily get rid of hijackers, PUPs, ad-supported software and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Download Zemana antimalware on your personal computer from the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Once downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana antimalware on your PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is finished successfully, Zemana antimalware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button for checking your machine for the hijacker and other malware and ad-supported software. While the utility is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
When it completes the scan, a list of all items found is produced. In order to get rid of all items, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana anti-malware will start removing ByteFence hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart the system.
Remove ByteFence redirect with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to detect and remove ByteFence from your machine. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC system.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown on the screen below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once setup is done, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out hijacker infection which cause a reroute to ByteFence. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted software are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
Once the scan is done, it’ll show a list of all threats found by this tool. Next, you need to press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing ByteFence browser hijacker related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system.
The following video explains steps on how to delete browser hijacker and other malicious software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
If the problem with ByteFence redirect is still remained
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and use to remove browser hijacker infections, ad-supported software, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your computer. You may run this tool to find threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: October 9, 2020
Once the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown on the image below.
Further, click “Scan” button to start checking your personal computer for the ByteFence browser hijacker that cause a reroute to ByteFence. This process can take some time, so please be patient. When it has finished scanning your personal computer, it will open a scan report as on the image below.
In order to remove all items, simply click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt as shown in the figure below.
You need to click “OK”. Once the clean-up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine. When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block ByteFence redirect and other intrusive web-pages
By installing an adblocker application such as AdbGuard, you’re able to block ByteFence redirect, autoplaying video ads and remove lots of distracting and undesired ads on sites.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is complete, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance as on the image below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop up advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How to ByteFence browser hijacker get installed onto computer
Many hijackers such as ByteFence come from internet browser toolbars, internet browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and additional applications. Most often, these items claim itself as programs that improve your experience on the Web by providing a fast and interactive homepage or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted applications. Be cautious, start only reputable software which download from reputable sources. NEVER install an unknown and suspicious application.
Now your PC system should be free of the ByteFence . Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and ‘ad supported’ software) and AdGuard (to help you stop undesired pop-up ads and malicious pages). Moreover, to prevent browser hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party programs, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with ByteFence start page related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.