TestForSpeed.com is the official website of the browser hijacker TestForSpeed. Mindspark Interactive Network (now Ask Applications) developed this hijacker few years ago, and it seems to be affecting users in 2019 as well. Read the article carefully to know how to remove it.
The TestForSpeed hijacker can add a different homepage, new tab, toolbar and search engine to your browsers. An add-on may install along with it. Redirects, sponsored links, and advertisements can show when you browse.
Update July 2019! What is TestForSpeed? What does TestForSpeed do? How to get rid of TestForSpeed?
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in April, 2016. But we gave it an update in July 2019.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer could get affected. Your new tab and home page may be changed.|
|Symptoms||Altered browser settings, unwanted pop-ups.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Official Website|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by TestForSpeed |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss TestForSpeed.|
TestForSpeed PUP – Why Do I Have It?
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 bundled packages. Additional components for installation are chosen by default in such packs. Components are undisclosed very often, and TestForSpeed 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 suspicious 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 (currently Ask Applications) has developed this hijacker, which is very similar to TestiNetSpeed.
If TestForSpeed is installed on your PC, you will witness lots of modifications to your browsers. Every browser can have its homepage set to MyWay, 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.
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 MyWay 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 updated policy:
We may collect information from you in a variety of different ways. This is information that may identify you, and anonymous information, such as the number of your page views, link clicks, and login times. Your information may be kept in an identifiable format, or in an aggregate format which means that you cannot reasonably be identified from it. We provide further detail on the type of info we collect, and how we collect it, below:
Information You Provide To Us. We may collect and store any information you provide when using the Ask Apps Services or that you provide in some other manner. This information may include information such as:
Your name, email address, telephone number, username and password.
We also collect and store information and other content you post to the Ask Apps Services, where such features are made available (e.g., MyScrapBook which allows you to centrally save items such as photos).
Further, in order to permit us to protect the quality of our products and services, we may to the extent permitted by applicable law access your account and records on a case by case basis to investigate complaints or other allegations.
Third Parties:We may receive information from third-parties, including our authorized service providers, IAC affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks. These third parties may display ads via the Ask Apps Services. These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to collect information about users who view or interact with these advertisements. (To learn more about cookies generally, please go to our Cookies policy.)We may also use this information to better understand you and your interests. This will allow us to improve and customize the Ask Apps Services.
All of this means that using any service or product connected both to TestForSpeed 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 Completely
To remove TestForSpeed.com and its browser extension 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.