SpeedyFixer removal instructions
What is SpeedyFixer?
SpeedyFixer is advertised as a software which boosts computer speed, fixes various errors, crashes and application freezes. However, it is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) due to its distribution methods. It is promoted by including it in setups of other software. Quite often users download and install applications of this type unknowingly, unintentionally.
SpeedyFixer allows users to scan operating system for various errors, clean and fix registry, remove junk files, check for missing drivers, remove unused shortcuts, etc. However, detected items cannot be removed, fixed without having to register/activate this software. In other words, its features cannot be used without having to purchase SpeedyFixer. Quite often system optimization applications that are classified as PUAs are designed to trick users into paying for their activation by detecting fake errors and other issues. It not recommended to trust SpeedyFixer because it may be one of these apps too. It is worthwhile to mention that developers often include more than one PUA in various download and/or installation setups. Therefore, it is possible that SpeedyFixer is being distributed alongside with some browser hijackers, adware-type apps, or other PUAs. Browser hijackers are applications that are designed to promote fake search engines by changing browser's settings and gather browsing-related information. In some cases they target confidential details as well. It is common that their developers sell collected data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways. Adware-type apps can be (and often) are designed to operate as information tracking tools too. Also, these apps display various ads that, if clicked, open questionable pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations by running certain scripts. Therefore, apps of this type should not be downloaded and installed. The same applies to software like SpeedyFixer.
|Name||SpeedyFixer potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This software supposed to operate as system optimizer|
|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.|
To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
More examples of other similar PUAs are PC Power Speed, Max Utilities and Max Uninstaller. It is common that such PUAs are advertised as useful, legitimate programs that supposed to deliver some value (optimize systems, fix errors, remove malware, etc.). However, quite often they do not fix any actual issues and are designed only to deceive users into paying for their activation.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
It is common that PUAs are distributed by using a method called "bundling". To be more precise, by including them in download and/or installation setups of various programs. As a rule, information about additionally included apps can be found in their "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings. Users download and/or install PUAs through setups of other software when they leave those settings unchanged. In other words, when they do not decline offers to download/and or install any additionally included software. Also, unwanted downloads and/or installation can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Software should not be downloaded (or installed) through questionable channels like Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial, shady, websites, third party downloaders, installers, etc. It is common that these channels are used as tools to distribute various PUAs or even malicious programs. Therefore, files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Furthermore, download and installation setups that contain settings like "Advanced", "Custom" should be checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Such offers should be declined before completing downloads and installations. Intrusive advertisements that appear on questionable websites should not be clicked. They can open untrustworthy pages or cause downloads, installations of unwanted software. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a web browser, then they should be uninstalled. The same should be done with 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 Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Website promoting SpeedyFixer application:
Installation setup of SpeedyFixer application:
Appearance of SpeedyFixer application (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- 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 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 "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 plugins 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove speedyfixer potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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