What is WebSpeed?
Developed by Jamboz, WebSpeed is a dubious browser plug-in claiming to allow users to easily test their Internet connection speeds. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that WebSpeed is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by Jamboz to install this PUP on browsers without users' consent.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, WebSpeed delivers various intrusive online advertisements including search, in-text, and targeted ads. Clicking advertisements delivered by WebSpeed is likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, this PUP continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting software and hardware information such as IP addresses (to determine users' geo-locations), browser type, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, cookies, installed plug-ins, operating system, platform, time zone, and other data that may be personally identifiable.
Neither WebSpeed, nor any of these other rogue applications, 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. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall WebSpeed.
Research shows that most adware is distributed using small download programs (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, download.com, and softonic.com.
Download programs are used by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software.
Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often leads to adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step when downloading free software and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional applications is offered.
Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed WebSpeed, follow the removal instructions provided to eliminate this PUP from your Internet browsers.
Webspeed adware generating intrusive online ads ('brought by Webspeed'):
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- What is WebSpeed?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WebSpeed application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove WebSpeed adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove WebSpeed ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by WebSpeed' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove WebSpeed extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
WebSpeed 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 "WebSpeed", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes WebSpeed ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove WebSpeed adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
At time of research, GuardianWeb did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
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 plug-ins, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webspeed, 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: all recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webspeed, 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 all suspicious extensions that were installed without your consent.
Computer users who have problems with ads by webspeed 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 webspeed, 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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