SmartByte\u00a0 Lately we have been receiving complaints from users regarding a piece of programming titled SmartByte. Now, right off the bat let us make one thing very clear. The original SmartByte software that is developed by Rivet Networks is a legitimate program designed to provide genuine functionality for its users. It is actually intended to override Windows\u2019 prioritization of bandwidth distribution and reorganize it so that most of your Internet connection is directed towards video streaming. That way you don\u2019t have to wait forever and ever for your favorite show to buffer. So, that\u2019s all fine and dandy and it\u2019s a fantastic idea, right? Of course it is! However, this article isn\u2019t about that. Here, we want to discuss a SmartByte-wannabe, an imposter. This fake SmartByte software is what is considered to be a potentially unwanted program that provides none of the useful functions that you would expect from the original. This is why you will most likely want to have this PUP removed from your computer as quickly as possible. And we have just the thing for that. Below you will find a simple removal guide that will walk you through the process step by step. SmartByte Drivers and Services While PUP\u2019s like this impostor SmartByte Drivers and Services software can be annoying, they are actually a security concern as well. Sure, they tend to increase the stream of online ads that you see and may even display various notifications on your screen. And if you can ignore them, then maybe it won\u2019t be that much of a bother all in all. However, the truth is that software of this type may potentially expose you to even bigger threats, like viruses such as Trojans, ransomware, worms and who knows what else. Programs like this can meddle with your browser settings, for instance, making it easier for you to be redirected to various web locations, even if it\u2019s just for advertising purposes. But that in itself is already a huge red flag. Not to mention that PUP\u2019s like SmartByte can constantly be running in the background, thus tugging on your computer\u2019s resources. This, in turn, could over time result in system sluggishness, interference in the performance of other programs and even crashes. How did I get SmartByte installed on my computer? If you aren\u2019t quite sure how you ended up with this program in the first place, there are a few likely scenarios. One of them is that you downloaded some other type of software and this happened to be bundled in with it. This is perhaps the most common technique for distributing potentially unwanted programs in general. But there is a simple way to make yourself immune to it. All you have to do is always go for the advanced\/custom setup when installing new software. Pay close attention to each and every step of the installation process and when shown a list of any added components (such as SmartByte) just be sure to uncheck the boxes opposite them so that they are not integrated alongside the main install. SUMMARY: Name SmartByte Type \u00a0PUP Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms You should be able to see the application in your task bar; an overall slowed down system can also signal the presence of SmartByte. Distribution Method Most likely contracted from within a program bundle with some other type of software. Detection Tool How To Remove SmartByte\u00a0 If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below. If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide. If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide. If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If you are sure something is part of the infection - delete it, even if the scanner doesn't flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove SmartByte\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0SmartByte\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0SmartByte\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a Folder called "Default" inside: Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat's Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don't show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete\/uninstall them: \tHKEY_CURRENT_USER----Software-----Random Directory. It could be any one of them - ask us if you can't discern which ones are malicious. HKEY_CURRENT_USER----Software---Microsoft----Windows---CurrentVersion---Run-- Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER----Software---Microsoft---Internet Explorer----Main---- Random If the guide doesn't help, download the\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!