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InternetSpeedTester “Virus” PUP – How to Remove Completely

This article has been created in order to explain what is the potentially unwanted program, many know as InternetSpeedTester and how to remove it from your computer.

A new unwanted program has appeared on the radar of malware researchers which opens the Fast.com website, belonging to the Netflix company instead of performing an actual Internet speed testing on your computer. The program, known as InternetSpeedTester may just be another one of those seemingly effective programs that only pretend to help on your computer, but In reality do more harm than good. If your computer has been affected by the InternetSpeedTester, recommendations are to remove it completely from your computer, preferably by using the information in this article.

Threat Summary

Name InternetSpeedTester
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description InternetSpeedTester is a program which may display different advertisements on your computer which lead to suspicious third-party sites.
Symptoms Different types of ads are displayed on your computer. Cookies and other tracking technologies may also be added on it.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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InternetSpeedTester – Distribution

In order for InternetSpeedTester to be spread, the program may be replicated as a result of a bundled free program installed on the computer of the victims. The InternetSpeedTester is the type of software which can be installed on your computer system alongside such free apps which the you may have downloaded and installed from third-party websites for software providing, or torrent sites. Such websites are the primary reason why programs, like the InternetSpeedTester are slithered into the computers unwanted, since in their installers, usually in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes, the InternetSpeedTester installation prompt may be encountered. It often advertises the unwanted program as a “Free Extra” which in most cases is untrue.

Another method via which Internet Speed Tester may be installed on your computer is if the program’s installation module is directly uploaded online and promoted as a helper program. For one instance, researchers have detected the program to be downloaded via the following web page:

InternetSpeedTester – Further Information

The InternetSpeedTester program is the type of software which has been created to check for your internet speed. However, it uses the service from Netflix, called Fast.com by redirecting to it’s website, making it a hoax app, which does nothing by itself. Once installed on your computer, the InternetSpeedTester PUP may begin to create different types of program files in the %Program Files% or other directory. In addition to this, the app may also begin to modify your web browser and also create registry entries in the Windows Registry Editor.

More to it than that, malware researchers feel convinced that this program can be created in order to perform various different types of activities whose primary purpose may be to act without any confirmation from the user. Such can be the dropping of tracking technologies and other tracking software such as:

  • Cookies.
  • Pixels.
  • Tags.
  • LSOs (Locally Shared Objects).
  • Geo-locators.

In addition to this, the InternetSpeedTester may use those technology to obtain different information from your computer, such as:

  • Your browsing history.
  • Your online search history.
  • Your online clicks.
  • Your bookmarked websites.
  • IP address, location and language.

This information may be used by InternetSpeedTester in order to target you with advertisements of different type, which may lead to third-party sites. The ads may come in different shapes and forms:

  • Browser Redirects.
  • Pop-ups.
  • Highlighted text ads.
  • Ad-supported search results that appear as a result of you searching something.

Those advertisements may conceal various different types of dangers, since they lead to third-party websites. These third-party websites may be either scamming or malicious and may do more harm than good on your computer and this is why the removal of InternetSpeedTester is strongly advisable. But since the program has been classified as a program which is a low-level type of hazard, it may not be detected by traditional antivirus software.

Remove InternetSpeedTester Completely from Your PC

In order to remove InternetSpeedTester from your computer, recommendations are to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are specifically created in order to help you isolate and then get rid of InternetSpeedTester from your computer. If you lack the experience in eliminating the program from your computer, recommendations by experts are to download an advanced anti-malware software, whose primary purpose is to fully eliminate this program from your computer and prevent it from displaying advertisements on your PC in the future as well.

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How to Remove InternetSpeedTester from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove InternetSpeedTester

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall InternetSpeedTester and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by InternetSpeedTester on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by InternetSpeedTester there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for InternetSpeedTester with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of InternetSpeedTester from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall InternetSpeedTester and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to InternetSpeedTester:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to InternetSpeedTester. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to InternetSpeedTester. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove InternetSpeedTester via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as InternetSpeedTester. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove InternetSpeedTester files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as InternetSpeedTester, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for InternetSpeedTester:


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Remove InternetSpeedTester from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase InternetSpeedTester from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall InternetSpeedTester from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove InternetSpeedTester from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the InternetSpeedTester will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate InternetSpeedTester from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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