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MyNetSpeed.co is a browser hijacker, featuring its own search engine. The hijacker is promoted to you as an Internet speed test, but it is in fact a fraudulent search engine. There are two widgets that redirect to actual Internet speed test sites, while the search queries redirect to Yahoo Search. Advertisements and other sponsored content might show when you are browsing the Web. MyNetSpeed.co can change the homepage, new tab, and the search engine of your browser software. To remove this hijacker redirect, you should read the article through.

Threat Summary

NameMyNetSpeed.co
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionBrowser programs on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you advertisements.
SymptomsBrowser settings which can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab. A browser extension can be added, as well.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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MyNetSpeed.co – Methods of Delivery

MyNetSpeed.co can be delivered via a few methods. One of those methods is with third-party installations, which are initiated from bundled programs and freeware applications. Such installers could put additive content on your computer machine without any prior notification. Until you notice its presence, the hijacker could have already modified lots of settings in your browsers. To prevent the installation of similar software is manageable if you search for Custom or Advanced options, and find a menu with settings for deselection.

MyNetSpeed.co utilizes more delivery methods to get its unwanted software on your computer system and browsers. That can happen from downloading an extension related to it, directly through the main domain of the site with a push of a button. Otherwise, the same browser extension is found on Google’s Web Store for free download. Another way for the hijacker to get inside browsers is through advertisements, such as pop-up boxes and banners. The hijacker could be spread with the aid of redirect links and content set on dubious websites to target you. Suspicious sites could be affiliated in some type of way with MyNetSpeed.co. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

MyNetSpeed.co – More Details

MyNetSpeed.co is the primary domain for a browser hijacker. The hijacker looks like a search engine, but it actually uses the services of Yahoo to do that. You can view how the main web page looks like from the screenshot provided here:

MyNetSpeed.co promotes itself as an Internet speed test, but instead hijacks your browsers. The page seen in the above image takes over your New Tab, search engine, homepage, as well as other settings related to searches. This hijacker will redirect you to other pages, and most of all that of the Yahoo Search page. All of that is made to try and trick you into believing that the hijacker has some sort of legitimacy or connection to Yahoo. Note that everything you type in goes through the servers of the hijacker in question.

The main page for the domain of the unwanted program is made of a search bar and a plain background. Also, there are links to its EULA, Privacy Policy page, but also to two websites that actually test Internet speed:

  • Speedtest.net
  • Fast.com

In the screenshot seen under this paragraph, you can see an example of a search results page on MyNetSpeed.co. And even when the hijacker redirects you to the search results of Yahoo, it sends information about you beforehand. That information is mainly about your search queries and clicks, access times and some other things and all of it is sent to to its servers. You can also see advertisements and other sponsored content on the page with the search results, which might appear only there.

Part of the information is collected by cookies too, and other tracking technologies are involved in that obtainment process. Be careful of what information you put inside the search bar of the hijacker application and on what links and content you click. Read further to see how exactly MyNetSpeed.co collects information from you and your computer machine, what is that data, and where it sends it.

MyNetSpeed.co – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the MyNetSpeed.co website can be found in the footer on the main domain of the hijacker. Both personally and non-personally identifying information can be obtained.

Also, more search engines belonging to other companies could be involved. This means that the privacy policies of any additional related sites are applied to you and collect your personal information and data about your browsing activity.

You can view the main Privacy Policy, in the image displayed below:

That Privacy Policy states that the following information is collected:

  • Your computer operating system (OS) type
  • Browser(s) type
  • Usage Data
  • Your IP address
  • Sites and pages you visit
  • Email address
  • Other similar information

The following quote also reveals that there is usage of tracking technologies:

As part of the Software we may use cookies and similar technologies to collect information

According to the Policy of MyNetSpeed.co you automatically give your consent for your personal data to be used, collected and disclosed. For that to apply you just have to use an application or service related to the hijacker or simply use its search or stay on the website. Cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies are utilized to track you and collect further information.

Remove MyNetSpeed.co Fully

To remove MyNetSpeed.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove MyNetSpeed.co from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MyNetSpeed.co

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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 MyNetSpeed.co 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 MyNetSpeed.co 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 MyNetSpeed.co 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 MyNetSpeed.co 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'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of MyNetSpeed.co from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall MyNetSpeed.co and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 MyNetSpeed.co:

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 MyNetSpeed.co. 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 MyNetSpeed.co. 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 MyNetSpeed.co 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 MyNetSpeed.co. 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 malware from your Mac

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



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Remove MyNetSpeed.co 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 MyNetSpeed.co 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 MyNetSpeed.co 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 MyNetSpeed.co 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".

stf-safari preferences


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'.

stf-safari uninstall

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