The InternetSpeedTester is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) from the adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) category. This adware adds unwanted ads to all pages that you view in the browser, including web sites where previously you advertisements have never seen. These advertisements can be varied: pop-up windows, boxes, in-text ads, different sized banners and so on. What is more, the InternetSpeedTester can cause your Internet connection to be slow or freeze your web-browser so that the interface is not updated anymore.
As well as web browser redirects to unwanted web-sites and ads, the InternetSpeedTester adware can gather your Internet browsing activity by recording URLs visited, IP addresses, web-browser version and type, cookie information, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and web sites visited. Such kind of behavior can lead to serious security problems or confidential info theft. This is another reason why the InternetSpeedTester is defined as potentially unwanted application (PUA).
We advise to remove the InternetSpeedTester adware that causes multiple unwanted ads, as soon as you found this problem, as it can redirect your browser to web-resources that may load other malicious software on your personal computer.
Remove InternetSpeedTester ads (removal guide)
There exist several free adware removal tools. Also it is possible to get rid of InternetSpeedTester ads manually. But we suggest to combine all these ways below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the guide. Some of the steps will require you to restart your machine or close this webpage. So, read this guidance carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove InternetSpeedTester, use the steps below:
- How to manually delete InternetSpeedTester
- Remove InternetSpeedTester with freeware
- How to stay safe online
- Where the InternetSpeedTester comes from
- Finish words
How to manually delete InternetSpeedTester
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove InternetSpeedTester pop-up advertisements from the IE, Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome.
Uninstall questionable apps using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the PC cleanup is to uninstall unknown and questionable apps. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded applications can clean up the Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome from ads, hijackers and so on.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed in the figure below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed in the following example.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all dubious and unknown software. We advise to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. Once you’ve found anything questionable that may be the InternetSpeedTester, then choose this program and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the dubious application blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to completely remove it from your system.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the InternetSpeedTester adware starts automatically on Windows boot up or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all tasks which have been created by the InternetSpeedTester.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will show a prompt that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something suspicious, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the InternetSpeedTester. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove InternetSpeedTester with freeware
The ad-supported software may hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the ‘ad supported’ software once again infect your computer. Moreover, We want to note that it’s not always safe to get rid of ad-supported software manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best method to search for and delete adware is to use free malicious software removal applications.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of InternetSpeedTester
You can delete InternetSpeedTester automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We suggest this malware removal tool because it may easily remove browser hijacker infections, PUPs, adware with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
- Download Zemana by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After downloading is finished, please close all apps and open windows on your PC. Next, run a file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of Zemana Free onto your PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana Free will run and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button for checking your PC for the InternetSpeedTester adware. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
- After the scan is finished, Zemana will create a list of unwanted and adware.
- Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click the “Next” button. The utility will uninstall unwanted software and add threats to the Quarantine. After the procedure is complete, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
- Close the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) and continue with the next step.
Use HitmanPro to remove InternetSpeedTester
Hitman Pro is a free removal utility that can scan your PC system for a wide range of security threats like malicious software, potentially unwanted apps as well as ad-supported software. It will perform a deep scan of your system including hard drives and Microsoft Windows registry. Once a malicious software is detected, it will help you to delete all detected threats from your personal computer with a simple click.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of HitmanPro for MS Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
Download and run Hitman Pro on your computer. Once started, click “Next” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the InternetSpeedTester adware and other PUPs. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan HitmanPro will find out threats exist on your PC..
When Hitman Pro has completed scanning, Hitman Pro will open a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been found.
You may get rid of threats (move to Quarantine) by simply click Next button.
It will open a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to delete all malware found.
Run Malwarebytes to get rid of InternetSpeedTester pop up ads
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to find out ‘ad supported’ software and thereby delete InternetSpeedTester ads from your web-browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically check and detect all threats present on the machine.
Click the following link to download MalwareBytes Free. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Update: April 15, 2020
After downloading is finished, close all apps and windows on your PC. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup MalwareBytes Free on your system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your computer for the InternetSpeedTester adware and other security threats. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your computer. While the MalwareBytes Free utility is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
After finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes will begin to uninstall InternetSpeedTester and other malicious software. After the cleaning process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Free to delete ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijacker and other malicious software.
How to stay safe online
Enabling an ad-blocker application like AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker applications will also protect you from harmful advertisements and web sites, and, of course, block redirection chain to malicious and similar sites.
- Please go to the following link to download AdGuard. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- When the downloading process is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will run automatically and stop unwanted ads, browser redirects, as well as other harmful 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 icon named AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
Where the InternetSpeedTester comes from
Many adware are included in the freeware setup file. Most often, a user have a chance to disable all included “offers”, but some setup packages are developed to confuse the average users, in order to trick them into installing an ad supported software. Anyway, easier to prevent the ad supported software rather than clean up your system after one. So, keep the web-browser updated (turn on automatic updates), run a good antivirus software, double check a free applications before you start it (do a google search, scan a downloaded file with VirusTotal), avoid malicious and unknown web-pages.
Now your system should be free of the InternetSpeedTester advertisements. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your computer for new ad-supported softwares and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block intrusive pop up ads and harmful sites). Moreover, to prevent any adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party programs, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs.
If you need more help with InternetSpeedTester adware related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.