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Remove My Speed Test XP New Tab Page Completely

NameMy Speed Test XP New Tab Page
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe add-on is promoted as an Internet speed test utility.
SymptomsThe browser’s home, search and new tab page are changed.
Distribution MethodThe official page, possibly in freeware installers.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By My Speed Test XP New Tab Page

Multiple complaints have been registered about potentially unwanted software called My Speed Test XP, myspeedtestxp(dot)com), My Speed Test XP™ New Tab Page. The product is supposed to determine the speed of the user’s Internet connection. The free application is available for download on its official page – myspeedtestxp(dot)com. It may also be distributed in freeware installers for monetization purposes.

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My SpeedTest XP Details and Risks

The add-on is not malicious but it is not verified either:

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To install it, the user will have to click on an ‘allow’ button. Once this is done, the add-on will be added to the browser’s add-on list, and the browser’s home page, search page and new tab page will be changed to search(dot)myspeedtestxp(dot)com. The alteration of the browser’s settings is described in the installer, as well as in the software’s Privacy Policy:

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To test the add-on, we have used Mozilla Firefox browser. However, the application is also compatible with Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. This is the pop-up message that prompts you to allow the addition of the software:

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My Speed Test XP has been developed by SaferBrowser. The company is known for the creation of ad-supported software, or adware, such as My Coupons XP. may not be malicious but, because of third party policies and data collection practices, it tends to become a gateway to malware.

This is an excerpt taken from the software’s privacy policy:

→BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO GRANT My Speed Test XP™ PERMISSION TO COLLECT YOUR URLS AND SEARCH DATA, INCLUDING SEARCH QUERIES THAT MAY CONTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, SHARE THEM WITH THIRD PARTIES, AND USE SEARCH-RELATED COOKIES.

An image is also available:

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As visible, by using the application, the user not only agrees to share his browsing-related data such as queries and personally identifiable details, but also to share all the information with unknown third parties. In terms of ad-supported software, such details are typically used to determine user behaviors and display relevant advertisements. Often, the term pay-per-click comes up. The problem is that no one guarantees the safety of the provided third party content. It may prompt the user install riskware products, or it may redirect the user to websites employed for social engineering schemes such as phishing.

My Speed Test XP Removal Options

We have compiled an easy-to-follow removal manual that works perfectly with adware applications. However, if you have clicked on a third-party link or offer, you may have experienced a silent download. Potentially unwanted software is often spread via silent installations. To determine if your system has been affected by unwanted software, scanning it via AV program is highly recommended.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall My Speed Test XP New Tab Page 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall My Speed Test XP New Tab Page.

    Step 2: Remove My Speed Test XP New Tab Page from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select My Speed Test XP New Tab Page and click “Remove

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    After My Speed Test XP New Tab Page is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate My Speed Test XP New Tab Page and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After My Speed Test XP New Tab Page is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select My Speed Test XP New Tab Page 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’.

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    After My Speed Test XP New Tab Page has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on My Speed Test XP New Tab Page
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall My Speed Test XP New Tab Page. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the My Speed Test XP New Tab Page will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove My Speed Test XP New Tab Page.

    Removing My Speed Test XP New Tab Page from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing My Speed Test XP New Tab Page from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
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    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove My Speed Test XP New Tab Page.

    Step 4: Remove My Speed Test XP New Tab Page automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all My Speed Test XP New Tab Page associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the My Speed Test XP New Tab Page threat: Manual removal of My Speed Test XP New Tab Page requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’.

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