Thursday, May 20, 2010

How to remove ByteDefender rogue antispyware

ByteDefender is a new fake security application that also known as rogue antispyware program from WiniGuard family of rogues as SystemArmor, SafePcAv, GuardWWW, MyPcSecure, PcSecureNet, PcsSecure, APcSafe, ProtectSoldier, etc.

HijackThis shows ByteDefender infection:

O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [ByteDefender] “C:\Program Files\ByteDefender Software\ByteDefender\ByteDefender.exe” -min

What ByteDefender does

The design of ByteDefender looks like a normal antispyware tool, but in reality, this program can not remove viruses, trojans, etc., nor will be protect your computer from legitimate future infections. ByteDefender created with one purpose to trick you into purchasing the full version of the software.


Once started, ByteDefender will add itself into Windows registry to run automatically every time when your computer starts. After that, it starts scanning procedure, which results in finding a lot of trojans, viruses and other malicious programs. Obviously, such results are a fraud, the program want to force you to believe that your computer is infected.

While ByteDefender is running, it will display various misleading notifications and fake security alerts from Windows taskbar. However, all of these alerts and notifications is a fake and like false scan result should be ignored.

From the above, obviously, ByteDefender is a dangerous program, whose presence on your computer is absolutely undesirable. Use the ByteDefender removal instructions or the steps below to remove this malware for free.

How to remove ByteDefender

Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware. Double click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When installation is complete, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.

Once the program has loaded you will see a screen like below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. When the scan is done, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of malware that  Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware found on your computer. Note: list of malware may be different than what is shown in the screen below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - lists of malicious software

Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Once disinfection is finished, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.

Note: if you can`t download or run these suggested program above, boot your computer in Safe mode with networking and repeat the above steps once again.

If the instructions does not help you, then ask for help in the Spyware removal forum.

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