What is NetSpeed App?
NetSpeed App is deceptive software claiming to allow users to test their Internet speed directly from the desktop. This application may appear legitimate and useful, however, NetSpeed App is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware and is mainly distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software).
After NetSpeed App infiltrates Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, the user will experience intrusive online advertisements including display, coupon, price comparison, and in-line text ads. Advertisements developed by adware-type browser add-ons such as NetSpeed App usually redirect to rogue websites, and therefore, clicking these ads might cause further high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, NetSpeed App tracks users' internet browsing activity and gathers various information including time zone, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, IP addresses (to determine users' geographic locations).
This information might contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, there is a high probability that the presence of this PUP on your system will result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
Adware-type applications such as NetSpeed App are similar or identical to many others including SpeedCheckApp, Speed Browser, PaceItApp, ScreenGlaze, and WebZoom. These apps are described as legitimate and able to provide various useful features, however, NetSpeed App and many other PUPs deliver no value.
The purpose of adware-type applications 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 NetSpeed App from your system immediately.
Popular adware-type applications are mostly distributed using small programs called 'download clients' on many freeware download websites including soft32.com, download.com, and softonic.com.
Download clients supposedly ease the download process, however, freeware download websites merely use them to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of third party applications together with the chosen software.
The developers guarantee that their software is legitimate and virus-free, however, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be avoided by paying close attention during the download of free software and ensuring that no other applications are included.
Furthermore, applications downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed NetSpeed App, the following removal guide will help you to eliminate this PUP from your system.
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- What is NetSpeed App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall NetSpeed App application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove NetSpeed App adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove NetSpeed App ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by NetSpeed App' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove NetSpeed App ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
NetSpeed App 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 "NetSpeed App", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes NetSpeed App ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove NetSpeed App adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, NetSpeed App 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.
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 netspeed app 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the netspeed app 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with netspeed app 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 netspeed app 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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