ByteFence Redirect

Also Known As: Search.bytefence.com Redirect
Distribution: High
Damage level: <strong>Low</strong>

Description Removal Prevention

ByteFence redirect removal instructions

What is ByteFence?

Developed by Byte Technologies, ByteFence is a legitimate anti-malware suite that is occasionally distributed as a 'bundle' with other software. It is, therefore, classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The main difference between direct and bundled installations is that ByteFence installs as third party software and modifies Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browser settings by assigning their homepage and default Internet search engine to yahoo.com. Note that bundled applications usually install and make these changes without proper users' consent.

ByteFence browser hijacker

After ByteFence installs on the system, it modifies the aforementioned browser default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL settings by assigning them to the search.yahoo.com website. Users are often unaware that ByteFence is responsible for these changes, and even if this application is for some reason removed, the modifications remain and users must roll them back manually. Unexpected modifications of Internet browser settings significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience, since users are continually redirected to search.yahoo.com when attempting to search the Internet or simply opening new tabs. Although ByteFence is  legitimate software, this problematic behavior is common among browser hijacking applications. If you feel that ByteFence installed on your computer without your permission, and you experience unwanted browser redirects, uninstall this app immediately.

ByteFence has similar characteristics to AVG anti-virus software, which installs a browser toolbar causing browser redirects. This is achieved to increase the amount of revenue generated - users are redirected to certain websites, thus, significantly increasing traffic. Rather than providing the features promised (to supposedly enhance the Internet browsing experience), these apps cause unwanted redirects, track Internet browsing activity, and display ads to generate revenue.

How did ByteFence install on my computer?

ByteFence is available for download on its official website, however, the developers also use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps with regular software) to install ByteFence. This method is effective since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading or installing software. They skip most/all of the procedure steps, unaware that apps such as ByteFence are hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By rushing installation, they inadvertently install potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download your chosen software from a trusted source - usually, the official website. When downloading from a freeware download website, closely analyze each step of the download procedure and opt-out of all additionally-included applications. Furthermore, applications should be installed with caution. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and enable you to cancel them.

ByteFence anti-malware installer set-up:

ByteFence application installation setup

Deceptive free software installers used in ByteFence distribution:

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Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Search.bytefence.com

ByteFence PUP removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

ByteFence browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for “ByteFence Module”, “ByteFence Anti-Malware”, "Chromium" and "Search Provided by Yahoo", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the ByteFence website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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ByteFence redirect removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing ByteFence related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing ByteFence from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://us.search.yahoo.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing ByteFence from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "ByteFence".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bytefence , reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing ByteFence related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing ByteFence from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://us.search.yahoo.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing ByteFence from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "ByteFence" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bytefence , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing ByteFence related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing ByteFence from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://us.search.yahoo.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing ByteFence from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "search.yahoo.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with bytefence removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of search.bytefence.com be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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