Testinetspeed(.)com is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and precisely a browser hijacker. It attaches itself to all widely-used browsers and then changes the homepage, new tab, search engine and sets a toolbar and browser extension. You may witness advertisements and also, sponsored search results redirecting to websites with potentially malicious content.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser will be changed and you can be shown ads and sponsored sites from search results.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, search engine, new tab and adds a browser extension and a toolbar.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages, Google Chrome Web Store|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Testinetspeed(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Testinetspeed(.)com.|
Testinetspeed(.)com – How Did I Get It?
The Testinetspeed(.)com browser hijacker is normally distributed with third-party installers. Without being aware, you can get the hijacker on your computer because it can hide in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not fully disclosed at all times, and you can install a PUP such as Testinetspeed(.)com unknowingly. In some cases, this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom menus in an installation setup to see exactly what you will get.
There is also a possibility that you search for an application for testing your Internet speed or you get redirected from some ad-related site or software. You might find yourself at the Google Chrome Web Store, that has a related page for Testinetspeed(.)com.
Another way to get Testinetspeed is if you visit dubious sites, for example,
or if you click on advertisements, banners or pop-ups. They might set a browser extension or modify your browser. That way you might witness constant redirects to the Testinetspeed(.)com page. All browsers can be affected, especially the most used ones, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Testinetspeed(.)com – What Is It?
Testinetspeed(.)com is a browser hijacker. It is developed by MindSpark Interactive Network Inc., like other PUPs they have made in the past, such as Total Recipe Search. It is advertised by being developed by MyWay which is an affiliate site of Mindspark. Once installed on your computer, the hijacker changes the browser’s homepage, new tab page, and search engine. It may also install a browser extension and/or add-on. The official domain to which you might get redirected from the browser modifications is: Testinetspeed(.)com.
When your browsers are hijacked, every single time you do a search, the results will go through the Testinetspeed(.)com search engine:
Normally, that redirects to int.search.myway.com and filters search queries.
Doing a search or using the new tab or toolbar may result in sponsored or misleading results being displayed. Also, if you visit the Google Chrome Web Store, it states that the PUP can do the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Manage your downloads
- Manage your apps, extensions, and themes
You may witness advertisements in the form of pop-ups and banners being shown as well. Sites, to which you may be redirected, can make revenue on a pay-per-click basis. These sites may also contain malicious code or software.
All the collected information is shared to third-party partners and affiliates of Testinetspeed(.)com and Mindspark.
Testinetspeed(.)com – How To Remove It
To remove Testinetspeed(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions below. If the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and its modifications completely, you should search and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Installing such software will also keep your computer safe in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Testinetspeed(.)com in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Testinetspeed(.)com.
Step 2: Remove Testinetspeed(.)com from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Testinetspeed(.)com and click “Remove”
After Testinetspeed(.)com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Testinetspeed(.)com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Testinetspeed(.)com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Testinetspeed(.)com
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Testinetspeed(.)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Testinetspeed(.)com will be removed.