What is Search.internetspeedpilot.com?
Search.internetspeedpilot.com is a mere browser hijacker that was recently released by our old foe SaferBrowser. You should remove it in the event it hijackers your homepage and changes your browser’s homepage and new tab page address. Be warned that, if it does, then it will subject you to unreliable search results bound to feature shady and even malicious promotional links that could jeopardize your PC’s security and your personal privacy. Also, it should collect some non-personally identifiable information and use it for marketing and advertising purposes. Nothing good can come from this so-called search engine. Therefore, we invite you to find out more about it and read this whole article.
What does Search.internetspeedpilot.com do?
Our security specialists at Anti-spywware-101.com have classified Search.internetspeedpilot.com as a browser hijacker due to the method used to distribute it. It comes with a browser extension named Internet Speed Pilot in Google Chrome, Speedtest in Mozilla Firefox, and InternetSpeedPilot in Microsoft Internet Explorer. When you install this extension on your web browser, then it will automatically change your browser’s homepage address to Search.internetspeedpilot.com, and it will do this for all three aforementioned web browsers. However, it might also change Firefox’s new tab page address as well.
The reason why this hijacker does what it does is to make you use it for searching the web, but that is not the end-goal here. Our researchers say that Search.internetspeedpilot.com redirects the search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine. Hence, this hijacker uses Yahoo’s search algorithm to present results. However, the search results are modified to include SaferBrowser’s promoted links for it to make money. So, the end-goal is to force you to view ads in the form of promotional links that make this hijacker’s owners much money.
Now, it must be mentioned that, due to this hijacker’s malicious nature, its promotional links may be unsafe to click. In the worst case scenario, this browser hijacker might get your computer infected with dangerous malware such as ransomware that can encrypt your most valued files and demand that you pay a ransom for the decryption key. It might also get your PC infected with spyware that will keep tabs on you and possibly even obtain your passwords and logins. Therefore, keeping Search.internetspeedpilot.com is a potential risk to your PC and your personal privacy.
Now, as far as privacy is concerned, this hijacker was also configured to gather certain non-personally identifiable information about you automatically. Our researchers have found that this hijacker can collect information that includes but is not limited to operating system type, Internet protocol (IP) address, geographic location, the domain name of Internet service provider (ISP,) and URLs and websites visited. All of this and some other information is set to be used for marketing and advertising purposes and may be shared with third-parties to present you with more relevant ads, but that does not mean that they become for safe.
Where does Search.internetspeedpilot.com come from?
As mentioned in the introduction, Search.internetspeedpilot.com is a product of SaferBrowser, a developer that has released hundreds of browser hijackers and some of its more recent releases apart from this particular hijacker are Search.getsports.co, Search.searchglnn.com, Search.searchfcs.com, and many others. This developer is in the business of making browser hijacker to make them money, so all of its releases are not to be trusted and used. All of its released browser extensions have dedicated distribution website. In this case, Internet Speed Pilot is featured on Internetspeedpilot.com which allows you to deselected the installation of Search.internetspeedpilot.com if you so desire. However, we have found that some bundled software installers are configured to inject Internet Speed Pilot into your browser without your knowledge or consent. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you delete this extension and, by extension, this browser hijacker.
How to remove Search.internetspeedpilot.com
As you can see, Search.internetspeedpilot.com is one unreliable search engine even though it works just fine. We are concerned with the fact that it can feature promotional links among it search results and that they can be of malicious nature. To keep your PC out of harm’s way, we recommend that you remove this hijacker from your browsing using the guide below. It is a simple matter of uninstalling Internet Speed Pilot and replacing the search engine (if needed.)
Uninstall InternetSpeedPilot via Control Panel (From Internet Explorer)
- Type Control Panel in the search bar.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Find InternetSpeedPilot and double-click it.
- Click Uninstall.
- Open the Charm bar.
- Click Settings and select Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program.
- Find InternetSpeedPilot.
- Click the Uninstall button.
Windows 7 and Vista
- Click Start.
- Select Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Find InternetSpeedPilot and click Uninstall.
- Click Start and go to Control Panel.
- Open Add or remove programs.
- find InternetSpeedPilot and click Uninstall.
Remove Search.internetspeedpilot.com from your browser
- Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
- Click Extensions.
- Find Speedtest.
- Click Remove.
- Press Alt+T and click Options.
- Select General.
- In the Home Page line, enter a new URL.
- Restart the browser.
- Press Alt+F.
- Click More tools.
- Go to Extensions.
- Find Internet Speed Pilot.
- Click Remove.
- Press Alt+F.
- In the dropdown menu, select Settings.
- Click Set pages and enter a new homepage address.
- Click OK.
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