This article has been created in order to help explain what is PC SpeedLane hoax software and how you can remove it from your computer effectively.
A new hoax system optimizer software going by the name of PC SpeedLane has been going around the web and running fake system scans to display system errors that do not exist on the victims computer. These errors’ primary goal is to get users to remove those errors but to do so, they have to purchase the full version of the software which is not cheap. According to researchers it is likely that this program is trying to scam you that your computer has performance issues and aims to get you to register it to pay the full version, which may basically do nothing. If you want to remove PC SpeedLane completely from your computer, we advise that you read this article carefully.
|Type||Hoax Antivirus (System Optimizer)|
|Short Description||Pretends that your computer has performance issues to get you to purchase it’s full version.|
|Symptoms||The PC SpeedLane software may run automatically on your computer and run scans that display flashing images of performance issues on your computer..|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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PC SpeedLane – Propagation
The main method via which the PC SpeedLane software may propagate are web page that also aim to decieve you that your system is at risk. We have encoutnered a lot of such web pages to appear in a lot of different types, including the recently found “Your Windows Computer is Infected With (4) Viruses!” scam messages, that exist in different forms and come on your computer as a result of adware that is installed and is causing ads and redirects to such pages:
In addition to this, the program itself may be directly advertised on your computer via bundled installers. These type of installers are often of the free programs you download on a regular basis such as your free media player that you use or any other helper software. The installers of those programs are often modified by software-providing sites to include programs, like PC SpeedLane added “as a free extra” to your current installation. The setup prompt may appear in proximity to what the image below shows:
PCSpeedLane – More Information
The PC SpeedLane software may run automatically after it has been installed on your computer. This may result in the program finding various different errors or so it claims, accoridng to latest Symantec reports:
Image Credit – Symantec Threat Response
In addition to this, the PC SpeedLane software also modifies the following Windows registry entries on your computer:
→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”Language” = “1033”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”Version” = “2.1.1”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”ProdType” = “pcat”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”InstallPath” = “%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”ExitPop” = “1”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”LOAD_LINK” = “https://www.pcspeedlane.com/run/click/speedlaneweb/go/regc”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”ConFilesURL” = “https://www.pcspeedlane.com/setupit/products/pcat/stubimages/pcspeedlane0504/”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”ConfName” = “downfilelist.txt”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”SendAnonInfo” = “1”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”UNIQUEID” = “72c9ea8f8266b506″
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”STUBDOWNLOADTIME” = “2018-05-15 13:43:39.754287″
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”BROWSERNAME” = “unknown”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”BROWSERVERSION” = “unknown”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”OSVERSION” = “Unknown OS Platform”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”USERLANGUAGE” = “en”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”USERCOUNTRY” = “US”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”IPADDRESS” = “220.127.116.11”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”SpeedLane-loadlink” = “https://www.pcspeedlane.com/[URL PARAMETERS]”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”OptionalAddOnInstalled” = “”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”ExternalAppInstalled” = “”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”RemoveExternalApp” = “0”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”lang_id” = “0”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”c2″ = “VersionA”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”defaultpostfix” = “DE,DA”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”Inno Setup: Setup Version” = “5.5.5 (u)”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”Inno Setup: App Path” = “%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”InstallLocation” = “%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”Inno Setup: Icon Group” = “SpeedLane\PC SpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”Inno Setup: User” = “Administrator”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”Inno Setup: Language” = “en”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”DisplayName” = “PC SpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”UninstallString” = “”%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\gouninst.exe” /keyprog=PCSpeedLane_is1″
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”QuietUninstallString” = “”%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\unins000.exe” /SILENT”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”DisplayVersion” = “2.1.1”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”NoModify” = “0”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”NoRepair” = “0”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”InstallDate” = “20180521”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”MajorVersion” = “2”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”MinorVersion” = “1”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”EstimatedSize” = “6853”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”DisplayIcon” = “%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\PCSpeedLane.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”Publisher” = “SpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”URLInfoAbout” = “https://www.pcspeedlane.com/support.html?lang=en”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”HelpLink” = “https://www.pcspeedlane.com/support.html?lang=en”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”InstallSource” = “C:\ProgramData\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”VERSION_SFX” = “EN”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”USER_INST” = “Administrator”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”Un_SetupName” = “payloadSetup-Lane.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”RegCompany” = “SpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”RegOwner” = “SpeedLane”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”SEPrefix” = “SPLANE_”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”registryHive” = “HKLM”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”extLaunch” = “Runapp.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”_QuietUninstallString” = “”%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\unins000.exe” /SILENT”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSpeedLane_is1\”_UninstallString” = “”%ProgramFiles%\SpeedLane\PCSpeedLane\unins000.exe””
This happens right before the software creates it’s files on your PC, the locations of which and names are as follows:
→ %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SpeedLane\PC SpeedLane
The program’s main purpose is to perform such automatic scans and find errors that are not usually there. In return, the cyber-security analysts at Symantec have established that it wants users to pay hefty registration fees which may automatically drain money as soon as the subscription period expires. The program asks you to register when you click on the “Continue” button, while believing it will start fixing the performance issues on your PC:
Image Credit – Symantec Threat Response
These types of hoax antivirus or system optimizer programs are quite a lot out there and they are not easy to remove. This is why we advise that you keep reading this article to learn how to get rid of this program without having to reinstall Windows.
Remove PC Speed Lane from Your Computer
To make sure that this program is gone from your PC, you can try removing it manually or automatically, by using the information we have provided in the removal steps that are below this article. Be advised to perform manual removal only if you have extensive experience in malware deletion and know how to eradicate this software. Otherwise, the best method to automatically remove PC SpeedLane according to security experts is by running a scan with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software. Such program will help you to remove PC SpeedLane automatically by detecting and deleting all of it’s objects on your PC while in the same time providing future protection for your PC as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PC SpeedLane from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PC SpeedLane from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PC SpeedLane from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PC SpeedLane from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PC SpeedLane from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PC SpeedLane from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PC SpeedLane from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove PC SpeedLane from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PC SpeedLane
Step 2: Uninstall PC SpeedLane 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by PC SpeedLane on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by PC SpeedLane there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PC SpeedLane from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PC SpeedLane and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 PC SpeedLane 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove PC SpeedLane files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PC SpeedLane, 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.
Remove PC SpeedLane 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.
Erase PC SpeedLane 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.
Uninstall PC SpeedLane 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.
Remove PC SpeedLane 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the PC SpeedLane will be removed.
Eliminate PC SpeedLane 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.