What Is SmartByte & How To Remove It From Your Dell PC/Laptop

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If you own a Dell Laptop you must have a question in your mind: what is SmartByte? Every time your Internet speed shoots up, you must have noticed SmartByte running in the background. In this guide, we’ll discuss what SmartByte is? What is the requirement of SmartByte? How should I uninstall or remove SmartByte from my laptop? And so on!

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What Is SmartByte?

SmartByte is an application that comes pre-installed with Dell computers/laptops. The tool is designed to let you attain the maximum signal strength while you are streaming videos, movies & other stuff. The utility is enabled by default and works with both Intel and Realtek wireless chips, so that users can enjoy streaming without buffering. In a nutshell, SmartByte is responsible for detecting, analysing and prioritizing critical video traffic, so that you have seamless streaming and watching experience.

Why Do I Need A SmartByte?

We can’t say anything, whether the feature is pro or con. Because SmartByte may surely boost the streaming speed for seamless experience but simultaneously it slows down the system performance, which might cause a lot of trouble and hamper the productivity.

Should I Disable SmartByte?

Well, the answer totally depends on the user’s experience with SmartByte functionality. There are some forums that advise, ‘One should not disable or remove SmartByte’, and while some believe uninstalling it improves overall system performance. On the other side, some individuals have reported SmartByte.exe services and drivers to be acting as potential virus and malware threat for their systems. In fact, there can be certain malware, which camouflages itself to remain on your PC and further cause major security damage on your Dell computer/laptop.

Such malicious programs can mess up with your browser settings and unknowingly redirect you to webpages for watching ads. And, not to forget since SmartByte is enabled by default, it runs in background continuously and consumes lots of disk and CPU resources. In turn, users start facing frequent freezing issues and even random system crashes.

How Do I Remove SmartByte Application On My Dell Laptop?

We are sharing three workarounds that will help you resolve issues with SmartByte by disabling it and updating the current one on your Dell devices.

METHOD 1- Remove SmartByte Drivers & Services Using Task Manager

Follow the instructions carefully to disable SmartByte application using Task Manager on Windows 10:

  • Go to the Search menu and look for Task Manager.
  • From the Task Manager window, scroll down and locate SmartByte Drivers and Services entry.
  • Right-click on it and Open file location.
  • Open the file and return to the Task Manager window again.
  • Right-click on the SmartByte and choose option End Task.
  • At this point, you can delete the SmartByte folder normally.

Remove SmartByte Application On My Dell Laptop

Now that you have disable SmartByte functionality, observe a noticeable performance boost on your Windows 10 Dell computer/laptop.

METHOD 2- Remove SmartByte Using Control Panel

To remove SmartByte application using Control Panel, all you have to do is:

  • Navigate to the Search menu and look for the Control Panel.
  • From the Control Panel window, click on Programs and Features.
  • Find the SmartByte application from the list of programs and right-click on it to choose the Uninstall option.

Remove SmartByte Using Control Panel

That’s all! You have successfully removed the SmartByte from your Dell laptop/computer. If you find more SmartByte services, repeat the same process!

METHOD 3- Update SmartByte Drivers

Oftentimes, you can easily resolve the issues caused by SmartByte by updating it. So, we’ll discuss two methods to update SmartByte drivers on your Dell system: Through Official Website & Using a dedicated Driver Updater tool.

  • Through Official Website
  • Navigate to the official website to download the latest SmartByte drivers & services.
  • Save it in a folder.
  • Uninstall the current SmartByte app.
  • Restart your machine & download the latest SmartByte drivers.
  • Using Driver Updater Tool 
  • Install & launch the Smart Driver Care.
  • Click on the Start Scan now button.
  • As soon as the list of drivers appears that needs immediate attention.
  • Hit the Update All button.

Update SmartByte Drivers

(With the free driver updater version, you can update only two drivers per day!)

What Happens When You Remove SmartByte?

Several users have reported their experiences after removing SmartByte from their Dell systems. Some of them are:

  • Plenty of fatal issues and malfunction are resolved.
  • Enjoy improved buffered time while streaming videos.
  • A reinstalled SmartByte process & service resulted in faster Internet speed.
  • Several issues with FTP clients are resolved.
  • Fixed firewall issues.

Final Words

SmartByte sounds like a perfect freeware that arrives with the latest Dell systems, but it does have various bugs and issues that makes users remove it from the computers/laptops. By following the aforementioned workarounds, you’ll be able to disable SmartByte easily, both temporarily and permanently on Windows 10. If you are someone who has also encountered multiple issues with SmartByte, do let us know about it in the comments section below!

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What Do You Think?


  • Mridula
    One must try disabling it on computer if facing any issues.

    11 months ago Reply
  • Dell Owner
    Thank you. I was about to return my brand new Dell AIO for performance issues. Uninstalled Smartbytes and all the issues have disappeared.

    4 months ago Reply
    • Krishan Vijay
      Hello, Thank you for responding and we are glad to have helped.

      4 months ago Reply
  • Dwyane
    My mother’s Dell PC was getting 3Mbps download and about 10Mbps upload and rebooting after 10-15 minutes of use. Stopped and disabled the service and it went download speed increased to 95Mbps. (She only has 100Mb internet). System reboots stopped as well. Tried uninstalling first, and it tries to reinstall and hangs her old Dell PC. I just stopped the process and disabled the service from starting on reboot.

    3 months ago Reply
    • Mridula Nimawat
      Thanks for sharing the helpful advise.

      3 months ago Reply

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