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ByteDefender Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsisoft malware research team has discoverd a new outbreak of the ByteDefender adware. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.ByteDefender.

ByteDefender is a rogue security program. This is a new variant from Winiguard/Winisoft family. The author of ByteDefender also made SystemIron, SecurePcAv, SafePcAv, GuardWWW, MyPcSecure, PcSecureNet, PcsSecure, APcSafe, APcSecure, ProtectSoldier, ProtectDefender, ArmorDefender, DefendAPc, SysDefenders, InSysSecure, SysProtector, APcDefender, PcProtectar, PcsProtector,… etc. To further convince victim, SystemIron will also create numerous junk files with random names on your computer that will be detected as malware when the program scans your computer, but will not allow you to remove them until you purchase it.

Create new files:

  • %ProgramFiles%ByteDefender SoftwareByteDefenderByteDefender.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%ByteDefender SoftwareByteDefenderUninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%ByteDefender SoftwareByteDefenderalways_delete.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%ByteDefender SoftwareByteDefenderalways_skip.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%ByteDefender SoftwareByteDefenderquarantinequarantine.xml
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsByteDefender.lnk
  • %UserProfile%DesktopByteDefender.lnk

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareByteDefender
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallByteDefender
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareByteDefender
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareByteDefenderagents
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareByteDefendergeneral
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareByteDefenderrealtime
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareByteDefenderscanner
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareByteDefendertasks
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareByteDefendertasks
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