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 malware |
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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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove TestForSpeed from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TestForSpeed from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TestForSpeed from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TestForSpeed from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TestForSpeed from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TestForSpeed from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TestForSpeed from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TestForSpeed from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TestForSpeed
Step 2: Uninstall TestForSpeed 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 TestForSpeed 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 TestForSpeed there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TestForSpeed from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TestForSpeed 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 TestForSpeed 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 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.
Remove TestForSpeed 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 TestForSpeed 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 TestForSpeed 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 TestForSpeed 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 TestForSpeed will be removed.
Eliminate TestForSpeed 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.