What is Speedsearch.xyz?
The experienced security researchers have determined that Speedsearch.xyz is a website that’s promoted by potentially unwanted programs that belongs to the category of browser hijackers. Browser hijacker is a form of software that is designed to take over the web browser and control user’s surfing preferences. It commonly aims at Google Chrome browser, but it’s possible that it can hijack other web browser too. PUPs and browser hijackers can sneak into the device unnoticed due to the fact that it’s actively being promoted in freeware. We recommend that you remove Speedsearch.xyz as soon as you notice the changes it has made to your web-browser settings.
Most often, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by setting their address as the default search engine. In this case, the hijacker installs Speedsearch.xyz as a search engine. This means that users whose browser is affected with the hijacker are forced to visit Speedsearch.xyz each time they search in the Net, open a new window or tab. And since Speedsearch.xyz is not a real search provider and does not have the ability to find the information users need, this web-page redirects the user’s web-browser to the Bing search engine.
And finally, Speedsearch.xyz is able to collect lots of your sensitive info like what webpages you are opening, what you’re looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, can be sold to third parties.
How can a browser hijacker get on your PC
Usually, browser hijackers and PUPs gets into computers as part of a bundle with freeware, sharing files and other unsafe applications that users downloaded from the Web. PUPs authors pays software developers for distributing broser hijackers within their apps. So, additional programs is often included as part of the install package. In order to avoid the install of any browser hijackers: select only Manual, Custom or Advanced installation type and reject all bundled software in which you are unsure.
|Type||startpage hijacker, redirect virus, PUP, browser hijacker, search provider hijacker|
|Affected Browser Settings||search provider, start page, newtab URL|
|Distribution||fake software updaters, misleading pop-up ads, free applications install packages|
|Symptoms||Pop ups and new tab pages are loaded without your request. You keep getting redirected to unfamiliar web pages. Unwanted application installed without your consent. An unexpected internet browser toolbar appears in your web browser. Your computer settings are being altered without your request.|
|Removal||Speedsearch.xyz removal guide|
How to remove Speedsearch.xyz redirect (removal instructions)
Without a doubt, Browser hijackers are harmful to your PC. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this malicious software. To remove browser hijackers you can use the manual removal guide that is given below or free malware removal tools such as Zemana, MalwareBytes Free or Hitman Pro (all are free). We recommend you use automatic removal way which will help you to get rid of Speedsearch.xyz easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in computer or in the case where hijacker is not removed automatically. Some of the steps will require you to restart your device or close this web site. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark this page or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove Speedsearch.xyz, execute the following steps:
- How to manually remove Speedsearch.xyz
- Automatic Removal of Speedsearch.xyz
- How to stop Speedsearch.xyz redirect
How to manually remove Speedsearch.xyz
The few simple steps will help you get rid of Speedsearch.xyz. These removal steps work for the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of computer OS.
Delete PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
Some programs are free only because their setup file contains a browser hijacker like Speedsearch. This unwanted software generates money for the developers when it is installed. Many browser hijackers can be removed by simply uninstalling them from the ‘Uninstall a Program’ that is located in MS Windows control panel.
|Windows 7||Windows 8|
|Windows 10||Mac OS|
Remove Speedsearch.xyz homepage from browsers
If you’re still seeing Speedsearch.xyz that won’t go away, you might have harmful extensions installed on your web-browser. Check your internet browser for unwanted plugins using the steps below.
|Google Chrome||Mozilla Firefox|
You can also try to get rid of Speedsearch.xyz redirect by reset Google Chrome settings.
If you are still experiencing issues with Speedsearch.xyz removal, you need to reset Mozilla Firefox browser.
Another way to get rid of Speedsearch.xyz from Internet Explorer is reset Internet Explorer settings.
Automatic Removal of Speedsearch.xyz
Using a malicious software removal utility to search for and remove hijackers hiding on your personal computer is probably the easiest way to get rid of the Speedsearch.xyz . We suggests the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) application for Windows computers. HitmanPro and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) are other antimalware utilities for Microsoft Windows that offers a free malware removal.
Use Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to delete Speedsearch.xyz hijacker
Zemana Free is a free application for Microsoft Windows OS to detect and get rid of PUPs, adware, malicious web-browser add-ons, browser toolbars, and other undesired applications like browser hijacker that responsible for browser redirects to the Speedsearch.xyz web-site.
Click the link below to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM). Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When downloading is done, close all apps and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the image below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you setup Zemana Anti Malware on your computer.
Once install is done, you will see window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the hijacker that causes a redirect to Speedsearch.xyz webpage. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the Zemana tool is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
Once the scan get finished, you can check all items found on your computer. All detected items will be marked. You can delete them all by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will remove hijacker that redirects your web browser to the Speedsearch.xyz web page and move the selected threats to the Quarantine.
Use HitmanPro to get rid of Speedsearch.xyz from the computer
HitmanPro is a portable tool which searches for and removes undesired applications such as browser hijackers, adware, toolbars, other browser extensions and other malware. It scans your device for browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Speedsearch.xyz and creates a list of threats marked for removal. HitmanPro will only uninstall those unwanted applications that you wish to be removed.
HitmanPro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
When the downloading process is complete, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the Hitman Pro desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen as displayed on the screen below.
Further, click “Next” button to begin scanning your computer for the hijacker that responsible for web browser redirect to the unwanted Speedsearch.xyz web-page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. When finished, you may check all items detected on your computer like below.
Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button. It will open a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button.
Use MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) to remove Speedsearch.xyz
Manual Speedsearch.xyz redirect removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker can be not fully removed. We suggest that run the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) that are fully clean your computer of hijacker. Moreover, this free application will allow you to remove malicious software, potentially unwanted software, adware and toolbars that your PC can be infected too.
First, please go to the following link, then click the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After the download is finished, close all windows on your device. Further, open the file named MBSetup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like the one below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the Setup wizard that will help you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, press “Get Started” button. Then MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will automatically launch and you can see its main window as displayed below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker that created to redirect your internet browser to the Speedsearch.xyz web-page. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes Free is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
When MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) completes the scan, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to delete all items, simply click “Quarantine” button.
The MalwareBytes will remove hijacker which causes the Speedsearch.xyz web-site to appear and move the selected items to the Quarantine. When disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart your personal computer. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Free to remove browser hijackers, adware software and other malware.
How to stop Speedsearch.xyz redirect
In order to increase your security and protect your device against new annoying advertisements and malicious webpages, you need to run ad blocking program that stops an access to harmful advertisements and webpages. Moreover, the program may stop the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard on your device from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When downloading is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the following example.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown on the screen below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your device, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted ads, block Speedsearch.xyz, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
To sum up
Once you’ve complete the instructions shown above, your PC should be clean from this browser hijacker and other malicious software. The Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE will no longer show the Speedsearch.xyz website on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guidance does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please create a new question by using the “Ask Question” button in the Questions and Answers. Try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the Speedsearch.xyz redirects.