PC SpeedLane removal instructions
What is PC SpeedLane?
PC SpeedLane is advertised as an all-in-one computer optimization tool that supposedly improves computer performance by removing items, programs that might have impact on performance, and fixing other issues. In fact, PC SpeedLane is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). People commonly download and install apps that belong to this category unintentionally, since developers distribute them using deception - they include them in the download or installation set-ups of other programs.
Like many other programs similar to PC SpeedLane, this software allows users to perform a 'free scan' that finds a number of so-called 'issues'. Fixing them will apparently improve computer performance, however, users cannot perform any further actions unless they register the program by making payment. As mentioned, PC SpeedLane is categorized as a PUA and programs of this type should not be trusted. They often run fake scans (detect fake issues) and encourage users to remove/fix them using a paid software version. It is unknown whether PC SpeedLane is a legitimate program, however, most programs distributed using deceptive methods are categorized as PUAs. Furthermore, developers often distribute more than one PUA at once. Therefore, a setup that contains PC SpeedLane might also be used to distribute other PUAs such as browser hijackers or adware. Browser hijackers are apps used to promote fake search engines and gather various data. They change browser settings and collect IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited sites, entered search queries and other, possibly sensitive details. Developers share all recorded details with other parties (who might be cyber criminals). Generally, these third parties misuse private data to generate revenue. To avoid problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft, we recommend that you uninstall all browser hijackers and other PUAs immediately. The same applies to adware-type programs. This software usually displays intrusive ads that lead to dubious web pages or unwanted downloads/installations. Since PC SpeedLane is a PUA, we recommend that you uninstall it immediately.
|Name||PC SpeedLane potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||PC SpeedLane supposedly functions as an all-in-one PC optimization tool.|
|Detection Names (speedlane-install.exe)||DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.3085), Emsisoft (Application.InstallAd (A)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/VanilLoader.A Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/PCHealthBoost), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
PC SpeedLane is similar to Xtron Optimizer Pro, Full PC Care 2.0, PC Speeder Pro, and many other PUAs. Most of these programs are presented as computer optimization tools, which supposedly remove unwanted programs, fix errors or registry, enhance computer performance, and so on. In fact, PUAs cannot be trusted and might be designed to detect fake issues. 'Fixing' them will not improve computer (operating system) performance in any way.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Potentially unwanted apps can sometimes be downloaded from their 'official' websites. Indeed, PC SpeedLane has a download website, however, few people download/install these apps intentionally. Typically, unwanted installations are caused through clicked intrusive advertisements or during download/installation of other software. This happens when unwanted software is added to download or installation set-ups of other (usually free) programs. This information is not properly disclosed, and offers to download or install additional software are usually hidden in "Custom" or "Advanced" sections. The offers are generally selected by default. Thus, leaving setup settings unchanged effectively grants permission for download and installation of unwanted software. Many people download and install programs without reading information included in set-ups, and they fail to dismiss offers to download or install additional programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid unwanted download or installation of PUAs, download all files and software from official and trustworthy websites. Do not use other sources/tools such as third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, unofficial pages, or other channels of this type. Handle all downloads and installations handled properly. Check all settings in the setup, and change them if necessary. Dismiss offers to download or install PUAs before completing any download or installation setup. If clicked, many ads redirect people to dubious web pages. Typically, such ads are displayed on pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. In some cases, clicking them leads to unwanted downloads and installations. To prevent unwanted ads and redirects, remove all unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins that are installed on the browser, and programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Download website of PC SpeedLane:
PC SpeedLane installation setup:
Appearance of the PC SpeedLane program in GIF:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is PC SpeedLane?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
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 "PC SpeedLane" and other 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:
At time of research, PC SpeedLane did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
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 pc speedlane potentially unwanted application, 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 pc speedlane potentially unwanted application, 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 pc speedlane potentially unwanted application 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pc speedlane potentially unwanted application, 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.
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.
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