How to eliminate browser redirects to checkspeedsearch.com?
What is checkspeedsearch.com?
checkperformancesearch.com is a fake Internet search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results and allowing users to test their Internet performance. Initially, checkperformancesearch.com may seem legitimate and useful, however, this site is promoted via rogue download/installation set-ups that hijack web browsers and stealthily modify various options. In addition, checkperformancesearch.com tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
Research shows that rogue set-ups target Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, they assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to checkperformancesearch.com, and also append this same URL to the target of each browser shortcut. Therefore, users are automatically redirected to checkperformancesearch.com when they search via the URL bar or simply open a browser/new browser tab. These redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. In addition, users are unable to revert the aforementioned changes, since set-ups stealthily install a number of third party applications and/or browser plug-ins (so-called "helper objects"). These apps and plug-ins automatically reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browser settings to their previous states becomes impossible. Furthermore, browsing activity is continually monitored, since helper objects and checkperformancesearch.com continually record search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, and other data relating to browsing activity. This collected information might be personally identifiable and is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter unwanted redirects to checkperformancesearch.com, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to this site.
There are hundreds of fake Internet search engines that have similar characteristics to checkspeedsearch.com (for example, netfindersearch.com, futuremediatabsearch.com, softsearches.com, etc.). All claim to provide functionality that enhances the web browsing experience (for example, improved search results, shortcuts to popular websites, weather forecasts, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Websites such as checkperformancesearch.com are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any value for regular users, fake search engines cause unwanted redirects and continually record various user-system information (which is later sold to third parties).
How did checkspeedsearch.com install on my computer?
As mentioned above, checkperformancesearch.com is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers hide all details regarding modification of browser settings within the "Custom" or "Advanced" options of the download/installation processes. Rushing these processes and skipping steps inadvertently grants set-ups permission to modify browser settings. In addition, users expose their system to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet - select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully analyze each step, and decline offers to download/install additional applications. The key to computer safety is caution.
- What is checkspeedsearch.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove checkspeedsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove checkspeedsearch.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove checkspeedsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove checkspeedsearch.com redirect from Safari.
checkspeedsearch.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to the checkspeedsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
checkspeedsearch.com homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Remove checkspeedsearch.com-related Internet Explorer add-ons:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select such entries and click "Remove".
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.checkspeedsearch.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.checkspeedsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "checkspeedsearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the checkspeedsearch.com browser hijacker, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Remove checkspeedsearch.com-related Google Chrome extensions:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.checkspeedsearch.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.checkspeedsearch.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "checkspeedsearch" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the checkspeedsearch.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Remove checkspeedsearch.com-related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.checkspeedsearch.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.checkspeedsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "checkspeedsearch.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with checkspeedsearch.com browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove checkspeedsearch.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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