Ads by Speed Dial

Also Known As: "Ads by Speed Dial" ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Speed Dial removal instructions

What is Speed Dial?

The Speed Dial label can be spotted on intrusive advertisements delivered by adware-type applications. These are likely to offer various 'useful features'. Adware-type applications are often installed without users' consent, deploy intrusive advertisements, and gather information relating to browsing activity.

Speed Dial adware

Once installed, adware-type apps deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners and so on). Occasionally, these are labelled "Ads by Speed Dial" and delivered through tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they often conceal underlying content, significantly affecting the browsing experience. Furthermore, when clicked, they redirect users to untrustworthy websites or execute scripts that download other potentially unwanted applications. In addition, many apps of this type collect data (geo-locations, IP addresses, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, search queries, pages viewed, etc.) that will contain personal or sensitive details. Adware developers share the collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions can lead to privacy or browsing safety issues. Some users might have their identities stolen. Therefore, we recommend that you uninstall Speed Dial immediately.

There are many adware-type applications available on the internet, most of which are very similar. Some examples include Ads by Ads2, Somefungames, and vSnapShot. As a rule, these apps offer 'useful' features and tools, but few provide the functionality promised. Potentially unwanted applications (such as adware-type apps) are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by collecting data and delivering ads.

How did Speed Dial install on my computer?

Applications such as Speed Dial are often installed unintentionally. Software developers use the "bundling" marketing method to trick users into these installations. Bundling is stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications with regular third party software. Developers do not disclose information about extra/bundled apps properly, and hide them in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of the installation processes. This convenient for dubious software developers, since many users do not check the aforementioned settings or simply skip installation steps. In this way, potentially unwanted applications (including Speed Dial) are installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of potentially unwanted applications, use official and trustworthy websites for downloading software, especially if it is free. Do not use torrents, third party downloaders, or other similar sources. Do not rush the installation process by skipping steps. Inspect each window and check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Deselect all unwanted offers to install apps and only then finish the installation. Many intrusive ads redirect users to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.). If you encounter these ads, check your browser for any unknown/unwanted new plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions, or unwanted programs installed on your computer. Remove unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with Speed Dial, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of a website promoting Speed Dial application:

speeddial-promoting

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Quick menu:

Speed Dial adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Speed Dial adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Speed Dial", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Speed Dial ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Speed Dial adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Speed Dial did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Speed Dial ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Speed Dial ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "ads by speed dial" ads, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Speed Dial  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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 and remove them.

Removing Speed Dial ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "ads by speed dial" ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Speed Dial ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Speed Dial ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "ads by speed dial" ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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