What is SpeedyFixer?
SpeedyFixer is advertised as software that boosts computer speed and fixes various errors, crashes and application freezes. In fact, it is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) due to its associated distribution methods (SpeedyFixer is promoted by including it into the set-ups of other software).
Many users download and install applications of this type unintentionally.
SpeedyFixer allows users to scan the operating system for various errors, clean and fix the registry, remove junk files, check for missing drivers, remove unused shortcuts, etc. In fact, any 'detected' items cannot be removed or fixed without having to register/activate this software.
I.e., the features cannot be used without first purchasing SpeedyFixer. System optimization applications that are classified as PUAs often trick users into paying for activation by detecting fake errors and other so-called issues. Do not trust SpeedyFixer, since it is likely to be an untrusted app.
Note that developers often include more than one PUA into various download/installation set-ups. Therefore, it is possible that SpeedyFixer is distributed together with browser hijackers, adware-type apps, or other PUAs. Browser hijacking applications promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and gathering browsing-related information.
In some cases, they target confidential details as well. Developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways.
Adware-type apps can also operate as information tracking tools. These apps display various ads that, if clicked, open dubious pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations by running certain scripts. Therefore, never download or install these rogue apps. The same applies to software such as SpeedyFixer.
|Name||SpeedyFixer potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||System optimization.|
|Detection Names (SpeedyFixer_Setup.exe)||Avast (FileRepMalware), BitDefender (Application.Sobrab.IC), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/UwS.SmartPCFixer.B), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.ct), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A 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 Combo Cleaner.
More examples of other similar PUAs include PC Power Speed, Max Utilities and Max Uninstaller. They are often advertised as useful, legitimate programs that supposedly deliver certain features (optimize systems, fix errors, remove malware, etc.), however, they fix no issues and are designed only to deceive users into paying for activation.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs are commonly distributed using a method called "bundling" - by including them into the download/installation set-ups of other programs.
Generally, information about these additionally-included apps can be found in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings. Many users inadvertently download and install PUAs through the set-ups of other software when they leave these settings unchecked and unchanged.
Offers to download and install any additionally-included software should be declined. Unwanted downloads and installations are also caused by clicking deceptive ads that run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software should not be downloaded or installed through dubious channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial, dubious, websites, third party downloaders, installers, etc. These channels are used to distribute PUAs or even malicious programs.
Therefore, files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Check all download and installation set-ups for settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom". Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted apps before completing the process.
Do not click intrusive advertisements that appear on dubious websites, since they can open untrusted pages or cause download/installation of unwanted software. Remove any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser.
The same should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system/computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Website promoting SpeedyFixer application:
Installation setup of SpeedyFixer application:
Appearance of SpeedyFixer application (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is SpeedyFixer?
- 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 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "SpeedyFixer" 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, SpeedyFixer 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 speedyfixer 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 speedyfixer 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 speedyfixer 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 speedyfixer 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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