Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Easy Speed Tracker?
Easy Speed Tracker is a rogue application that claims to allow users easily test their Internet speeds. Such functionality may seem appropriate and handy. Yet it is important to know that Easy Speed Tracker is actually categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without user's consent; 2) tracking of user's web browsing activity, and; 3) modification of web browsers' settings.
After successful infiltration, Easy Speed Tracker hijacks Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and few other popular browsers, and assigns new tab URL/default search engine/homepage options as search.heasyspeedtracker.com. Although these changes are insignificant, users are unable to revert them. That's because Easy Speed Tracker reassigns options (or simply prevents users from accessing them) every time someone attempts to change. For this reason, returning browsers to their previous state simply becomes impossible. Users have no choice but to visit search.heasyspeedtracker.com every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. We should also mention that search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirects users to search.yahoo.co every time they enter a search query. In other words, search.heasyspeedtracker.com does not generate any results by itself (users end up searching the web via Yahoo - a legitimate search engine), which is why this site is completely useless. Another important issue is information tracking. Easy Speed Tracker and search.heasyspeedtracker.com both record information like search queries, IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, and other data relating to user's web browsing activity. Recorded data usually includes personal details. Yet what's more important is that developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received information. Hence, data tracking may eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We highly recommend to uninstall Easy Speed Tracker browser hijacker and never return to search.heasyspeedtracker.com site again.
|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)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's 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 browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
To eliminate search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Easy Speed Tracker is virtually identical to dozens of other browser-hijacking applications, such as Easy Weather Forecast, Get Coupons For Free, Your Photo Editor. Notice that these apps also offer "useful functions". However, such claims are mere attempts to create the impression of legitimacy/usefulness and trick users into installation. The true and only purpose of each potentially unwanted application is to generate revenue for the developers. Hence, rather than giving any real value for the user, apps like Easy Speed Tracker cause unwanted redirects and gather various information, thereby decreasing web browsing experience and posing threat to user's privacy.
How did Easy Speed Tracker install on my computer?
This browser hijacker is free for anyone to download at its official website. However, as mentioned above, it often infiltrates the system without user's consent. That's because developers proliferate it by using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is an undercover installation of third party applications alongside with the regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. Intrusive advertisements (most of which are delivered by adware-type apps) are designed to redirect users to malicious websites and run scripts that download/install additional unwanted/malicious apps. The problem is that users often carelessly rush download/installation processes, skip most of the steps, and click on various advertisements. By doing so, users merely expose the system to risk of infections and put their very own privacy into threat.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent PUAs from infiltrating the system users must firstly realize that the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. The key to its safety is caution and, therefore, paying close attention when browsing the Internet, as well as downloading/installing software is paramount. Always be sure to carefully analyze each window of download/installation processes using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. While doing so, opt-out additionally included programs and decline all offers to download/install such. We advise you to download desired programs only from official sources (preferably via direct download links). Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, which is why such tools shouldn't be used. You should also keep in mind that intrusive advertisements typically look completely appropriate. Nevertheless, distinguishing is easy, because ads often redirect to unreliable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). In case of such ads/redirects users should 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 Spyhunter 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's 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 removal of search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect:
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 search.heasyspeedtracker.com redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- 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 (which 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" 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 plugins 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 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".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.
Change your default search engine:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".
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 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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