Surf Speed Monitor removal instructions
What is Surf Speed Monitor?
According to the developers, the Surf Speed Monitor application runs in the background and collects various data to generate coupons and display other various content matching users' interests - "Surf Speed Monitor is a 100% FREE application that aims to enhance users' surfing experience with tools and contextual information such as coupons, price comparison and much more!" Some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, Surf Speed Monitor is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This application stealthily infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox). In addition, this app displays intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.
Only authorized employees and authorized third-party service providers are permitted to access personal information, and they may do so only for permitted business functions.
Surf Speed Monitor is ordinary adware and very similar to other applications of the same type. There are hundreds of examples (including, for example, LightningDownloader, Internet Quick Access, Web Bar, and Cinema Video) that also claim to be legitimate applications - they make fake promises to give the impression of legitimate and useful software. In fact, they provide none of the promised features. The purpose of Surf Speed Monitor, and other adware, is to generate intrusive online ads and collect personally identifiable information to generate revenue for the developers.
How did Surf Speed Monitor install on my computer?
The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps together with the chosen software) to install Surf Speed Monitor on browsers without users' permission. This method is effective, since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software - they are unaware that installation of bogus apps is usually concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Thus, by skipping this section they inadvertently install applications such as Surf Speed Monitor without users' consent. As the developers are only concerned with the amount of revenue generated (which is dependent on the number of distributed apps), they do not properly disclose rogue installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and decline all offers to install additional programs. Always select the direct download link, rather than using the promoted download manager. Furthermore, downloaded applications should be installed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
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- What is Surf Speed Monitor?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Surf Speed Monitor application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Surf Speed Monitor adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Surf Speed Monitor ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Surf Speed Monitor' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Surf Speed Monitor ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Surf Speed Monitor adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Surf Speed Monitor", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Surf Speed Monitor ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Surf Speed Monitor adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Surf Speed Monitor 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 surf speed monitor 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 surf speed monitor 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 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 surf speed monitor 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 surf speed monitor 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove surf speed monitor adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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