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.
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.
|Name||"Ads by Speed Dial" ads|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
To eliminate Ads by Speed Dial ads our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
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:
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 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:
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 plug-ins 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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