What is SpeedSave?
SpeedSave is a rogue browser extension claiming to save time and money by displaying special discounts and deals when users browse online shopping stores such as eBay, Amazon, Walmart, and many others. This add-on is compatible with the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers.
Although this functionality may seem useful and legitimate, be aware that SpeedSave is often referred to as a virus or malware, since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' consent.
Potentially unwanted applications such as SpeedSave are mostly distributed together with free software downloadable on freeware download websites.
Today, most popular freeware download websites (including download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.) employ download clients to monetize their traffic. Download clients offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser extensions together with the chosen software.
Thus, careless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware including SpeedSave. After successful infiltration on Internet browsers, this potentially unwanted program generates pop-up and other types of intrusive online advertisements.
Furthermore, SpeedSave diminishes browser performance and continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity (which is likely to be personally identifiable). This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate SpeedSave from your Internet browsers.
SpeedSave is similar to other rogue browser extensions that use bundling as an installation method. Examples of these add-ons include Coupon Addon, TinyWallet, App Bud, and Krab Web, among many others. Neither SpeedSave, nor any of these other browser plug-ins, are useful to the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online ads.
Installation of SpeedSave, or other similar adware, can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download procedure and declining any offers to install additional applications.
In addition, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any bundled applications within the installation list and allow you to decline them.
Be aware that adware such as SpeedSave is listed in the Programs and Features (Control Panel) and list of installed extensions on Internet browsers. If your system is infected with SpeedSave, read the following removal guide to uninstall this adware.
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- What is SpeedSave?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SpeedSave application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SpeedSave ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SpeedSave advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by SpeedSave from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SpeedSave extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SpeedSave adware removal:
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 "SpeedSave", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes SpeedSave ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SpeedSave adware from Internet browsers:
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 "SpeedSave", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that SpeedSave ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the speedsave ads, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "SpeedSave", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that SpeedSave ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the speedsave ads, 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 "SpeedSave". Note that SpeedSave ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with speedsave ads 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 speedsave ads, 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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