What is SpeedyApp?
Developed by Virtue Interactive Ltd, the SpeedyApp rogue browser plug-in claims to enhance Internet speed.
While this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that SpeedyApp is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, SpeedyApp generates various intrusive online advertisements including (but not limited to) pop-up, banner, pop-under, and display ads. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Futhermore, SpeedyApp continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information such as IP addresses (to determine geographic locations), unique identifier numbers, website URLs visited, pages viewed, cookies, search queries entered into search engines, web beacons, and other similar details that may be personally identifiable.
This information tracking may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. SpeedyApp is similar to other potentially unwanted programs that use bundling as an installation method. Some examples are Gorilla Price, Cinema Now, and Web Watch among many others.
None of these applications (including SpeedyApp) provide any significant value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. Therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall SpeedyApp from your Internet browsers.
Close examination of SpeedyApp reveals that it is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com and many others.
Download managers are used by these websites as free services monetization tools, since they offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser add-ons together with the chosen software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infection.
This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional applications is offered.
In addition, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If your computer is infected with SpeedyApp, and you observe intrusive online ads while surfing the Internet, follow the instructions below to eliminate this adware from your system.
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- What is SpeedyApp?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SpeedyApp application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SpeedyApp adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SpeedyApp ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by SpeedyApp' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SpeedyApp extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SpeedyApp 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 "SpeedyApp", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes SpeedyApp ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SpeedyApp 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 "SpeedyApp", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the speedyapp adware, 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 "Extensions". Locate: "SpeedyApp", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the speedyapp adware, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "SpeedyApp".
Computer users who have problems with speedyapp adware 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 speedyapp adware, 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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