Computer security specialists has determined that Speed tester v2.1 is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) from the group of hijacker infections. The so-called browser hijacker is created to manipulate your browser’s settings like homepage, new tab page and search engine by default, to change your homepage or search provider, so that the affected web browser visits an intrusive web page instead of your selected one. In the few simple steps below, we will explain all the general features of the Speed tester v2.1 hijacker infection and it’s typical behavior on the computer, as well as effective methods for manually removing Speed tester v2.1 from your FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
The Speed tester v2.1 browser hijacker takes over your web browser’s default search provider and controls what will be displayed to you whenever you do a searching. Other than the search results, it also provides a ton of annoying advertisements on the search page. Some of these advertisements made to trick you into buying some questionable products and applications. Moreover, sometimes, those ads could redirect you to misleading or harmful web pages.
Some hijackers like Speed tester v2.1 also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which can be used to open undesired advertisements and or gather a wide variety of user info that can be transferred to third parties. These unwanted ads can be shown as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain hijackers such Speed tester v2.1 to also change all browsers shortcuts which located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your web-browser to annoying web-sites, some of which might be harmful. It can make the whole PC more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Thus, it is clear that the presence of hijacker infection on your system is not desirable, and you need to clean up your system ASAP. Follow the tutorial below in order to remove Speed tester v2.1 from your computer and the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge.
Remove Speed tester v2.1 from computer (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP
In many cases browser hijackers requires more than a simple uninstall with the help of MS Windows Control panel in order to be fully deleted. For that reason, our team designed several removal ways which we’ve combined in a detailed guidance. Therefore, if you have the intrusive Speed tester v2.1 hijacker infection on your machine and are currently trying to have it removed then feel free to follow the tutorial below in order to resolve your problem. Certain of the steps below will require you to close this web site. So, please read the step-by-step tutorial carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
Get rid of Speed tester v2.1 hijacker infection without any utilities
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete Speed tester v2.1 hijacker from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
Deleting the Speed tester v2.1, check the list of installed programs first
First, go to MS Windows Control Panel and uninstall suspicious applications, all programs you do not remember installing. It is important to pay the most attention to software you installed just before Speed tester v2.1 browser hijacker appeared on your personal computer. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the World Wide Web.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the screen below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of software installed on your computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop up ads and browser redirect to undesired web-sites. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown below.
You will see a list of applications installed on your PC system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop-ups and web-browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the application which you need to delete is found, simply press on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as shown in the following example.
Fix internet browser shortcuts, altered by Speed tester v2.1 browser hijacker
Now you need to clean up the internet browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your web browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser hijacker can rewrite it. If you are seeing something similar to “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web-browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example like below.
Once is done, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for browser shortcuts which redirects to an unwanted web-pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Delete Speed tester v2.1 browser hijacker infection from IE
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of Speed tester v2.1 from Firefox by resetting browser settings
First, run the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, click the Help button () like below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the Speed tester v2.1 hijacker infection that cause a reroute to an unwanted web page. Once, it is finished, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Speed tester v2.1 hijacker from Google Chrome
If your Chrome web browser is hijacked by Speed tester v2.1, it may be necessary to completely reset your browser application to its default settings.
First launch the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will launch the procedure of cleaning. After it is done, the internet browser’s settings including start page, new tab page and search engine by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC system.
Use free malware removal tools to completely delete Speed tester v2.1 hijacker
Many antivirus companies have made applications that allow detect and delete hijacker, and thereby restore all your typical browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your machine can have tons of potentially unwanted programs, ad supported software and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after restarting the system, then start your system into Safe Mode and use the anti malware utility once again.
Run Zemana to delete Speed tester v2.1 hijacker infection
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) that are completely clean your computer of the browser hijacker. The tool is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you delete potentially unwanted applications, hijacker infections, adware, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
- Download Zemana on your machine from the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
- After downloading is done, close all applications and windows on your personal computer. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is done, click the “Scan” button .Zemana Free program will scan through the whole PC system for the Speed tester v2.1 hijacker which cause a redirect to an annoying page. While the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) tool is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
- When the scan get completed, you will be displayed the list of all detected items on your PC. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Next”. Once the procedure is done, you can be prompted to reboot your PC.
Use Malwarebytes to remove hijacker
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your machine of the hijacker infection. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you remove browser hijackers, potentially unwanted software, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
Download MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) by clicking on the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, close all windows on your PC. Further, run the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install MalwareBytes Anti Malware on the machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will automatically launch and you may see its main window as on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button .MalwareBytes AntiMalware program will scan through the whole personal computer for the Speed tester v2.1 hijacker which changes internet browser settings to replace your newtab, start page and search engine by default. This process may take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will detect all threats present on your computer.
Once the scanning is finished, MalwareBytes will show a list of found threats. Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes will start to delete Speed tester v2.1 browser hijacker which made to reroute your web browser to an intrusive site. When the cleaning process is done, you can be prompted to restart your PC system. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes to remove browser hijackers, adware and other malicious software.
Double-check for potentially unwanted applications with AdwCleaner
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It can scan and get rid of Speed tester v2.1 hijacker which modifies browser settings to replace your newtab, startpage and search engine by default, malicious software, PUPs and adware from system (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP) and thereby revert back web browsers default settings (new tab, start page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 11, 2018
- After the download is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, click “Scan” button for scanning your machine for the Speed tester v2.1 hijacker that cause a redirect to an annoying site. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. During the scan AdwCleaner will detect all threats exist on your computer.
- Once AdwCleaner completes the scan, a list of all threats found is produced. All found items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stop Speed tester v2.1 redirect
Running an ad-blocking application such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker software will also protect you from harmful ads and web sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to unwanted and misleading web-sites.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker application is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed on the image below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick tutorial as displayed on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop popup advertisements, Speed tester v2.1 redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
Tips to prevent Speed tester v2.1 and other unwanted software
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be free of the Speed tester v2.1 hijacker and other kinds of potential threats like malicious software and adware. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your personal computer for new hijackers and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop up ads and harmful pages). Moreover, to prevent browser hijacker infections, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Speed tester v2.1 hijacker related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.