TestForSpeed(.)com is the official website of the browser hijacker TestForSpeed. Mindspark Interactive Network developed this hijacker. Read the article carefully to know how to remove it.
The hijacker can add a different homepage, new tab, toolbar and search engine to your browsers. An add-on may install along with it, which can also be found at Google’s Chrome web store. Redirects, sponsored links, and advertisements can show when you browse.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage, new tab, toolbar and search engine of your browsers will be changed.|
|Symptoms||Your browsers will have their homepage, new tab, toolbar and search engine modified. A browser extension might be added. You will see adverts and sponsored content around search results.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages, Chrome Web Store|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by TestForSpeed(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss TestForSpeed(.)com.|
TestForSpeed(.)com – Distribution Ways
One of the distribution ways of TestForSpeed(.)com is through third-party installations. The hijacker could get inside your computer, without you knowing. It hides in freeware installation setups and bundle packages. Additional components for installation, are chosen by default, in such packs. Components are undisclosed very often, and TestForSpeed(.)com can be installed. Searching for a Custom or an Advanced menu in the setup is a good idea of preventing unwanted installations.
As you can see from the above image, an extension related to TestForSpeed(.)com can be added. It is available on the Google Chrome Web Store. Another distribution way for this hijacker is through adverts, such as banners, pop-ups etc. or from visiting untrusted sites. These websites can be business partners with the hijacker’s creators. Affected browsers are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
TestForSpeed(.)com – More Details
TestForSpeed(.)com is the main web page of a browser hijacker program of the same name. MyWay, owned by Mindspark Interactive Network has developed this hijacker, which is very similar to TestiNetSpeed.
If TestForSpeed is installed on your PC, you will lots of modifications to your browsers. Every browser can have its homepage set to http://int.search.myway(.)com/, as well as a new search engine and the new tab modified. The speed tester program with which the hijacker comes with is advertised as useful and needed. That is untrue because the program doesn’t even work properly. The homepage and new tab look like this:
A browser extension can be added on top of everything else. You can even get it from the Google Chrome Web Store. It could come bundled with other applications as well. The extension has the same name, TestForSpeed, and can redirect you to websites linked to the hijacker. You may see lots of ads. The browser extension can:
- 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
Everything that you write inside the http://int(.)search(.)myway(.)com/search/ search engine will be filtered by it. Thus, any personal data you type in there will be collected from the hijacker. Search results shown by the unwanted program can mislead you. In the search results page, there are advertisements, links, and sponsored content:
Redirects in your browsers can appear from the homepage, new tab, toolbar or advertisements. Pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and in-text links can show as advertising content. All redirects might have the aim of generating traffic to webpages and get money from pay-per-click.
The Policy clearly states that personal information may be collected, even if it is personally identifiable. No statement is written about exactly what information will be gathered, but here are some important quotes from the policy:
Mindspark, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.
All of this means that using any service or product connected both to TestForSpeed(.)com and Mindspark, grants your approval for information gathering. All information that is collected may be shared with third parties. You should remove this unwanted application. There are speed testing sites which don’t install anything on your PC and give accurate results about your internet speed. Your internet cannot get faster from any software.
Remove TestForSpeed(.)com Completely
To remove TestForSpeed(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your PC safe in the future.