What is Speed Check adware?
Speed Check is supposed to check the speed of websites. Although, it is known that this program functions as adware (it displays advertisements) and can read, and change data on visited websites. Speed Check is promoted on a dubious website. Therefore, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
Speed Check adware in detail
Speed Check displays advertisements (pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, or other ads) that could open potentially malicious pages, various scams, sites asking to provide personal information, or other dubious pages. Also, those ads might be designed to run certain scripts to download or even install unwanted software.
Another issue with Speed Check is that it can collect various information. It is possible that this app gathers IP addresses, visited pages, or other browsing-related details, and even sensitive information like credit card details, usernames, passwords. Thus, Speed Check is not a trustworthy application.
|Name||Ads by Speed Check|
|Threat Type||Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, fake installers, downloaders and installers for other programs|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
Adware is a type of software that generates revenue for its developer by displaying advertisements. Also, it can be designed to gather various data and (or) promote a fake search engine. A couple examples of applications designed to deliver ads are TabMemoryOptimizer, Infogram, and Quantum Ad Blocker.
How did adware install on my computer?
Adware is distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs, fake installers, and advertisements. Downloaders and installers containing adware have "Custom", "Advanced", or some other settings. Users agree to download or install included adware when they download or install programs without changing those settings.
Advertisements cause unwanted downloads or installations when they are designed to run certain scripts. Those ads cannot download or install unwanted software unless users click on them.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid downloading files or programs from unreliable sources. They should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Do not download or install the software until all optional (and unwanted) downloads or installations are deselected. Also, avoid clicking on ads that appear on shady pages.
If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Dubious website offering to download and install Speed Check website:
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 Speed Check?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Speed Check redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Speed Check" or other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by speed check, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by speed check 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 ads by speed check, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware is a type of software that can diminish Internet browsing experience, slow down a computer.
What does adware do?
The purpose of adware is to display advertisements. It also can change web browser's settings to promote some fake search engine, collect various data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates revenue for its developer by promoting various products, pages or services. Usually, adware developers make money using various affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Speed Check adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware. It is recommended to remove adware using specialized software because manual removal might not be enough (some adware leftovers may remain in the system).