Speeder.biz POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"Speeder.biz" removal instructions

What is "speeder.biz"?

speeder.biz is a deceptive website designed to trick people into believing that they can obtain a smartphone free of charge. This is a scam website and should not be trusted. Typically, people do not visit websites of this type intentionally - they are opened by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on their system. Most PUAs also gather information and deliver advertisements.

speeder.biz scam

Once opened, performanceer.biz displays a pop-up window stating that Google wants to thank visitors for their loyalty and provide them with a Galaxy S9, iPhone X, or iPhone XS as a reward. When the pop-up is closed, performanceer.biz displays a page stating that visitors can claim this reward by completing a short and anonymous survey. People are encouraged to take this survey immediately, since the number of gifts is limited. It states that if a user does not claim the reward, it will be given to another Google user. To take the survey, people are encouraged to visit one more dubious websites where they are asked to sign up by entering their email addresses and passwords. Any entered details are likely to be shared with other parties and misused to generate revenue. Note, Google has nothing to do with this scam and all these statements (regarding being the winner of a smartphone) are simply attempts to trick people into providing their email addresses and various other credentials. If visited accidentally or otherwise, this website should be closed immediately. If it cannot be closed normally, use Task Manager and end the browser process from there. Note: do not restore the previously closed session the next time the browser is opened.

Generally, PUAs cause redirects to websites such as performanceer.biz. These apps often feed users with pop-up ads, coupons, banners, surveys, and others, that conceal underlying content of visited websites. Furthermore, when clicked, they open dubious pages or execute scripts that download and install various unwanted apps that could be malicious. Many PUAs collect browsing-related data, such as Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, and so on. Some of these apps might also record personal data. Developers share the information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, uninstall all PUAs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Speeder.biz pop-up scam.
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Fake survey. Website claims that user will receive a gift (Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone X, or iPhone XS) for "loyalty" to the Google company.
Serving IP Address 35.165.215.58
Symptoms Rogue pop-up ads, fake surveys, false claims of a reward for completing a survey, encouragement to enter various personal details and register on various websites.
Distribution methods Rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, identity theft, possible malware infections.
Removal

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There are other scam websites that are similar to speeder.biz including, for example, "You've Made The 5-billionth Search", "Dear Browser User", and "Comcast Cable Communications Congratulations". Typically, scammers use these sites to trick people into providing various details that scammers use to generate revenue. PUAs that open these scam websites are usually presented as legitimate apps that supposedly provide useful tools, features, and so on. Unfortunately, most these apps are used to generate revenue for their developers. Having them installed often results in privacy, browsing safety issues, and even identity theft.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most users install PUAs through accidentally (or willingly) clicked intrusive ads that are able to execute scripts, or when the "bundling" method is used. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method that developers use to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with other software. Developers do not disclose information about the bundling of apps - they hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced", or other similar sections of software download or installation set-ups. When people leave these settings unchecked and unchanged, they often allow unwanted software to be downloaded and installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official and trustworthy sources, avoid using third party software downloaders (or installers), eMule, torrents (other Peer-to-Peer networks), and various other sources of this kind. Check available "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections/settings of the download or installation setup. Make sure that there are no checkboxes ticked by default. Additionally, do not click advertisements that are displayed on dubious websites, since they can open pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. If you encounter these ads or redirects, check for any new plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions installed on the browser and remove all unknown/unwanted apps immediately. The same applies to unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of speeder.biz website encouraging visitors to claim a reward:

speederbiz website encouraging its visitors to claim a reward

Text presented on this page:

Dear Google user, congratulations!

We want to thank you for being a loyal Google user! Your IP address has been randomly selected to receive a FREE Samsung Galaxy S9, Iphone X or iPhone XS.

From time to time we select a handful of Google users to give them the opportunity to receive valuable gifts from our partners and sponsors. This is our way of thanking you for choosing Google as your preferred service.

Today is your lucky day! You are one of the 10 randomly selected users who will receive the gift.

To receive your gift, you simply have to complete our short and anonymous survey. But hurry! There are only a few gifts available today!

Please claim your gift:
Due to limited availability your gift will be reserved for the next 2:10 minutes.
If you do not claim the gift during this time it will be given to the next lucky Google user.

Website encouraging users to sign up:

website encouraging to sign up

The appearance of "speeder.biz" scam (GIF):

speederbiz scam gif

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

PUAs uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the possible malware infections, 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the possible malware infections, 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with possible malware infections 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.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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