Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Easy Speed Tracker?
Easy Speed Tracker is a rogue application that claims to allow users to test their internet connection performance. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, Easy Speed Tracker is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without users' consent; 2) tracking of browsing activity, and; 3) modification of browser settings.
After successful infiltration, Easy Speed Tracker hijacks Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and a number of others popular browsers. It assigns the new tab URL/default search engine/homepage options to search.heasyperformancetracker.com. Although these changes may seem insignificant, users are unable to revert them. Easy Speed Tracker reassigns options (or simply prevents users from accessing options) when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit search.heasyperformancetracker.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. In addition, search.heasyperformancetracker.com redirects users to search.yahoo.co when they enter a search query. Therefore, search.heasyperformancetracker.com does not generate any unique results and users end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine). Therefore, the site is useless. Another important issue is information tracking. Easy Speed Tracker and search.heasyperformancetracker.com record information such as search queries, IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, and other data relating to browsing activity. Recorded data usually includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall the Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker and never return to search.heasyperformancetracker.com
|Name||Easy Speed Tracker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), McAfee (GenericR-PBK!B860CF8C4CB5), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Easy Speed Tracker, SpeedTest|
|Supposed Functionality||Internet speed testing.|
|Serving IP Address (search.heasyspeedtracker.com)||126.96.36.199|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Easy Speed Tracker is virtually identical to dozens of other browser-hijacking applications, such as Easy Weather Forecast, Get Coupons For Free, and Your Photo Editor. Note that these apps also offer "useful functions", however, such claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. The only purpose of PUAs is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, apps such as Easy Speed Tracker cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a threat to your privacy.
How did Easy Speed Tracker install on my computer?
This browser hijacker is free for anyone to download at its official website, however, it often infiltrates systems without users' consent, since developers proliferate it using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Intrusive advertisements (most of which are delivered by adware-type apps) redirect to malicious websites and run scripts that download/install additional unwanted/malicious apps. Furthermore, many users often rush download/installation processes, skip steps, and click advertisements. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge of these threats and careless behavior. The key to its safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We advise you to download your programs from official sources only (preferably via direct download links). Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus such tools should not be used. You should also bear in mind that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, however, they often redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). In you experience ads and redirects, eliminate all unwanted applications and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with Easy Speed Tracker, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker:
Easy Speed Tracker website asking to enable browser notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Easy Speed Tracker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Easy Speed Tracker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.heasyspeedtracker.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker 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 suspicious applications (for example, "Easy Speed Tracker"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.heasyspeedtracker.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.heasyspeedtracker.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start 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 and then remove "Easy Speed Tracker".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect, 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 "Easy Speed Tracker" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Easy Speed Tracker" look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.heasyspeedtracker.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 "search.heasyspeedtracker.com", and 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 search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect, 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" and remove "Easy Speed Tracker" (or "SpeedTest"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
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, disable "Easy Speed Tracker" (or "SpeedTest") remove hxxp://search.heasyspeedtracker.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect 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 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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