How to remove Plumbytes (Removal Guide)

Plumbytes Removal Guide

This Plumbytes removal guide contains free instructions to remove Plumbytes, malware, viruses, and other threats from your computer.

What is Plumbytes?

Plumbytes is not a computer virus or malware. It is not essentially considered a potentially unwanted program. However, Plumbytes Anti-Malware 2016 or third-party affiliates utilize very deceptive and aggressive advertisements and marketing techniques in order to acquire customers and generate revenue. Some advertisements that promote the Plumbytes program are displayed by adware and malicious programs. Advertisements that promote the program may also claim that your computer is at risk and suggest that you download Plumbytes for free. Other advertisements asks for your email address before allowing you to download the executable file for Plumbytes.


Plumbytes is promoted as an Anti-Malware program that can detect and remove malware and other threats from your computer. Once Plumbytes is installed it will begin to scan your computer. When the scan is complete it will give you options to remove threats that it finds. If you click the remove selected or remove now button a message will appear that says “active full version to remove detected threats.” You will not be able to remove threats detected by Plumbytes unless you purchase the program. The price for Plumbytes also changes on different webpages from  $24.99 to $53.32 and everywhere in between.

plumbytes anti-malware

We had a chance to test the Plumbytes Anti-Malware program or a brand new computer running a new and updated version of Windows 8.1. The only other programs manually installed by us were Google Chrome and Adobe Photoshop. When our test Plumbytes scan was complete it told us it had found 5 different detections for 3 different threats including, PUP.Eshield Safe Search, and Win32.Adware.GrooveDock. These threats were not introduced to our test machine from Google or Adobe. If Plumbytes was to bundle additional threats with their program it would be used as a marketing scheme to scare victims into purchasing the software to remove them.

Plumbytes Distribution Method

Programs like Plumbytes can bundle with other programs and files that are downloaded from a questionable source. Downloading objects online including freeware and torrent files can result in potentially unwanted programs infecting the user’s system. Even if a program is well known and trustworthy, if you download it from a malicious site it can lead to a computer infection.

plumbytes advertisement

If the computer user has previously downloaded a malicious program, unwanted programs might have automatically downloaded in the background without disclosure. The user might also be tricked into accepting the download under the guise of a program update or something else. Malicious publishers sometimes hide the download behind a terms and conditions page, effectively tricking users into downloading adware. In some instances Plumbytes may be advertised as an extension to improve the user’s browsing experience in order to encourage a direct download. Regardless of how the system was infected, removal remains relatively unchanged.


Names Plumbytes Anti-Malware 2016, Plumbytes, Plumbytes virus
Detection Categories Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Publisher’s Description
Symptoms Advertisements in the web browser
Browser redirects to commercial webpages
Decreased internet speed and performance
Decreased computer functionality and performance
Bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs
Path C:\Program Files (x86)\Plumbytes
Quick Detection & Removal Tool Click Here To Download Malwarebytes

How to remove Plumbytes (Removal Guide)

  1. Uninstall Plumbytes and unwanted programs
  2. Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions
  3. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
  4. Scan your computer with HitmanPro
  5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Uninstall Plumbytes and unwanted programs

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”

uninstall plumbytes

3. Search for Plumbytes Anti-Malware 2016 by Plumbytes Software in the list of installed programs and double click it to initiate the manual uninstall process.

4. Once you have uninstalled Plumbytes, search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.

2. Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the unwanted add-on and click Remove.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for the unwanted add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

3. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

4. Scan your computer with HitmanPro

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.