What is Test iNet Speed Toolbar?
Test iNet Speed Toolbar is an unnecessary browser extension that is supposed to allow you to check your Internet speed as its name suggests; however, our malware specialists have found that this toolbar may cause certain security issues. Therefore, it has been categorized as a bad toolbar. In fact, this is nothing new to our research team since this extension comes from the notorious Mindspark toolbar family. It seems like there is a new toolbar every day that tries to promote itself as a useful tool, but, instead of being beneficial, they might pose a threat to your virtual security. It is also very likely that you do not even know when you installed this bad toolbar since it may have simply sneaked onto your computer alongside other malware programs. Therefore, the pure presence of this toolbar in your browsers may indicate that there are other infections you should be aware of, too. All in all, we believe that you should remove Test iNet Speed Toolbar as soon as possible in order to secure your PC.
Where does Test iNet Speed Toolbar come from?
This toolbar is available for download and installation from its official website, testinetspeed.com. However, according to our specialists, it is not very likely that most users get infected with this toolbar that way. As a matter of fact, Test iNet Speed Toolbar can be found bundled with other malware infections, potentially including adware programs and browser hijackers. If you visit questionable file-sharing and torrent websites, you might click on the wrong button or link and that may result in downloading such a payload.
What most users do not know is that it is still possible to not install the whole package. In fact, most installers offer you an opportunity to opt out of installing unwanted components. If you miss this step and hastily click on the Next or Install buttons, you may allow some serious infections onto your operating system. In that situation there is only one thing you can do: You must delete Test iNet Speed Toolbar and all other related malware threats as well.
How does Test iNet Speed Toolbar work?
This toolbar works just like any other Mindspark toolbar, including SmarterPassword Toolbar and HomeworkSimplified. Once installed, it sets Ask.com as your new home page, new tab page, and search provider in the three most popular browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Strangely enough, Test iNet Speed Toolbar only promotes itself on its website as a Chrome new tab extension, but according to our researchers, the bundled version may affect all these browsers.
Since we have a long history and experience with Mindspark products, we can surely say that you are better off staying away from any service this toolbar offers to you. Since none of the third party websites are controlled by the developer, you can never know what kind of content you will be exposed to by clicking on links or ads. Unfortunately, even its search tool can be compromised by this toolbar as it can alter the search results. Therefore, we advise you to delete Test iNet Speed Toolbar as soon as you can.
How to delete Test iNet Speed Toolbar
In order to get rid of this malware infection, you need to perform two things. First of all, you need to remove Test iNet Speed Toolbar from Control Panel, and then, the extensions and changes from your browsers. It is actually best to reset the browsers because that will take care of all the extensions and setting changes by setting everything back to default. Please remember that you can actually stop malware from entering your computer if you keep certain rules of web surfing. For example, do not visit questionable websites and do not click on third-party ads wherever you might end up. Try to protect you system by being a security-minded computer user.
Test iNet Speed Toolbar Removal from Windows
- Access the Start menu and select Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the application and click Remove.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Press Win+R and type in Control Panel. Press OK.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Press Win+I and open Control Panel.
- Go to Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and click Uninstall.
Reset your browsers
- Tap Alt+T and go to Internet Options.
- On the Advanced tab, press Reset.
- Mark the Delete personal settings checkbox.
- Press Reset and click Close.
- Tap Alt+F and choose Settings.
- At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down again and click Reset settings.
- Press Reset in the pop-up.
- Tap Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox and in the confirmation window, click Refresh Firefox once more.
- Click Finish.
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