Speed Dial removal instructions
What is Speed Dial?
Speed Dial is a label that can be spotted on various intrusive advertisements that are delivered by adware-type applications, which are very likely to offer a variety of advantageous features. Very often this kind of adware-type applications get installed without user's consent. Once installed, adware apps not only supply users with various intrusive advertisements, but gather various information related to user's web browsing activity as well.
As you already know, once installed, adware-type apps start delivering various intrusive advertisements (such as coupons, banners and so on). From time to time some advertisements are labelled as "Ads by Speed Dial". These intrusive ads usually are delivered through tools that enable placement of third party graphical content, which means that such ads often overlay the content of visited websites. Appearing intrusive advertisementss might significantly affect the quality of everyday browsing. Moreover, if clicked, these ads might redirect users to some untrustworthy website (or websites), or it could execute script that is designed to download other potentially unwanted application. On top of that, there are many apps of this kind that are designed to collect various data (such as geo-locations, IP addresses, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, search queries, pages viewed and other data). It is likely that the collected data will contain personal or sensitive information too. Moreover, adware developers share the collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Such actions might cause users various privacy or browsing safety issues. Some users might end up having their identities stolen. These are the main reasons why we recommend to uninstall Speed Dial as soon as possible.
There are many adware-type applications on the Internet and most of them are very similar. Some examples of such apps are: Ads by Ads2, Somefungames, vSnapShot (and many more). As a rule, these apps offer users "some useful" features (or tools), nevertheless, only a small fraction actually provide users with the promised functionalities. Typically, potentially unwanted applications like 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?
Most of the times applications like Speed Dial are being installed unintentionally. Software developers often use a "bundling" marketing method to trick users into such installations. Bundling is a stealth installation of some potentially unwanted applications together with regular third party software. Developers do not disclose information about included/bundled apps properly, they usually hide them in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of the installation processes. It is very convenient for such software developers since there are many users who do not check the mentioned settings or simply skep the installation steps, and that is how most of potentially unwanted application (like Speed Dial) are being installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent installations of various potentially unwanted application we recommend to use only official and trustworthy websites for downloading any software, especially if it is free. It is not recommended to use some torrents, third party downloaders (or other similar sources) for that. Do not rush any installation process by skipping its steps. Inspect each window and check what are the "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Deselect all unwanted offers to install some apps and only then finish the installation. There are many intrusive ads that redirect users to some untrustworthy website(s) (like gambling, pornography, adult dating etc.). If you encounter such ads, check your browser for any unknown/unwanted new plug-ins, add-ons and extensions, or unwanted programs installed on your computer and remove unwanted entries as soon as possible. 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:
Instant automatic removal of Ads by Speed Dial ads:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by Speed Dial ads. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Speed Dial?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Speed Dial application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Speed Dial adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Speed Dial ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Speed Dial' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Speed Dial extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Speed Dial adware 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 "Speed Dial", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which 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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
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 these entries and click "Remove".
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.
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:
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 and remove them.
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 (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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove "ads by speed dial" ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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