TestForSpeed Toolbar

What is TestForSpeed Toolbar?

TestForSpeed Toolbar is one of the newest browser plugins developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. It uses the Click to Install method to enter systems, which means that users only need to click on one button in order to install TestForSpeed Toolbar. In case of TestForSpeed Toolbar, this button is placed at the top of its official website free.testforspeed.com. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of users who believe that TestForSpeed Toolbar is a really useful browser plugin. We cannot blame them because TestForSpeed Toolbar promises to help users find the speed of their Internet connections (e.g. upload and download speeds). In addition, the toolbar says that it will provide users with various tips that will help them to speed up the Internet connection. Even though the toolbar seems to be really useful, it is not that decent. There is even a possibility that this toolbar-hijacker will expose you to threats in a short while. We do not say that you cannot keep TestForSpeed Toolbar; however, you will do that at your own risk.testtest

How does TestForSpeed Toolbar work?

Research has shown that free.testforspeed.com is hosted on IP. This IP address shows that the origin of this software is the United States. It has been observed that there is a number of domains hosted on this web server, which means that TestForSpeed Toolbar is definitely not the only browser plugin of Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. Researchers say that users might also encounter Dictionary Boss Toolbar, Instant Radio Play Toolbar, Convert Any File Toolbar, and Password Logic Toolbar in the future. Remember, these toolbars are not only available on their official websites, but might also find other ways to slither onto computers, for example, they might come together with other applications (usually freeware and shareware) in software bundles. Last but not least, you might see an advertisement offering to install a toolbar on your system. If you click on it, you will install TestForSpeed Toolbar straight on your computer.

If you want to check whether you have really installed TestForSpeed Toolbar on your computer, you should open any of your browsers. Another symptom that it is installed on your PC is the presence of the TestForSpeed_fr in the C:\Program Files (x86) or C:\Program Files. You will not only see new files on your computer, but might also notice that a number of new registry keys (e.g. HKCU\Software\TestForSpeed_ and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\TestForSpeed.dl.tb.ask.com) have been created if you open the Registry Editor. Finally, you will notice a new search engine (ask.com) set instead of your old one.

Ask.com itself is not a bad search engine; however, there is still a risk that the creator of TestForSpeed Toolbar has already modified it and you will see sponsored search results if you use it to find the relevant information on the web. Our researchers have also observed that you might start seeing ads on the start page of ask.com too. These ads might offer you to start using some kind of service, buy a particular product, or simply download some kind of application. If you click on any of the ads you see on your screen, you will immediately be taken to another web page. This web page might contain malicious software, which means that the possibility to infect the system with malicious software is really high. We also want to inform you that ask.com might record details about you to provide you with ads. As we have managed to find out, the information might be collected automatically from your computer (e.g. IP address, browser type and language, search results, keyword queries, etc.) and this piece of software might also record the information you might provide for it yourself (e.g. email address). Finally, details about you might be collected by third-parties as well to display targeted advertisements for you. The only way to stop this is to delete TestForSpeed Toolbar completely.

How to remove TestForSpeed Toolbar?

You will not see TestForSpeed Toolbar anymore if you delete this toolbar via Control Panel and then reset all your browsers one by one. Unfortunately, this does not mean that you will remove TestForSpeed Toolbar from your system completely. It has been observed that this browser plugin will leave some of its files on the system too. You have to get rid of TestForSpeed Toolbar completely if you do not want to see the presence of this browser plugin again. Instructions provided below this article will help you to delete TestForSpeed Toolbar fully, i.e. to remove the toolbar and its leftovers; however, we know that some users might find the removal process really hard. If you do not feel experienced enough to erase the toolbar yourself fully, scan your system with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter. You should scan your system with it even if you manage to remove TestForSpeed Toolbar with the help of our instructions because other threats might be hiding on your PC too.

Delete TestForSpeed Toolbar

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select the program and click Remove.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click on the undesirable software.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Right-click on the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click on the undesirable software.
  4. Click Uninstall.

From Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser and go to the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet Options.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Mark the Delete personal settings box and click Reset again.

From Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+H immediately.
  2. Select Troubleshooting information from the menu.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. Click the Refresh Firefox button once again.

From Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+F.
  3. Select Settings and scroll down.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Click Reset settings.
  6. Click the Reset button.

Remove leftovers

  1. Go to the Registry Editor (tap the Windows key +R and type in regedit).
  2. Right-click and delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{14DCEDF1-C390-4BF4-89C3-23D5E54769DB}.
  3. Right-click and delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{1EF44C1E-8672-42F4-A15A-A927614562AD}.
  4. Right-click and delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{32FFFAA6-5B1E-4EE7-9D9B-06A0B3D76188}.
  5. Right-click and delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{14DCEDF1-C390-4BF4-89C3-23D5E54769DB}.
  6. Right-click and delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{1EF44C1E-8672-42F4-A15A-A927614562AD}.
  7. Right-click and delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{32FFFAA6-5B1E-4EE7-9D9B-06A0B3D76188}.
  8. Close the Registry Editor and go to Explorer (Windows key + E).
  9. Enter %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\ in the address bar.
  10. Find and delete these files: http_TestForSpeed.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal, http_TestForSpeed.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage, http_TestForSpeed.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage, chrome-extension_nmlmfgdnbmpmdodlnfddhoeoepdbhkdg_0.localstorage-journal, and chrome-extension_nmlmfgdnbmpmdodlnfddhoeoepdbhkdg_0.localstorage.
  11. Open Explorer again, enter %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies and %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low in the address bar one by one and then locate free.TestForSpeed.com. Delete it. (For Windows 7 users)
  12. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files and delete free.TestForSpeed.com. (For Windows XP users)
  13. Enter %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies in the address bar, find free.TestForSpeed.com, and get rid of it. (For Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 users)
  14. Launch the Registry Editor once again and tap F3 to launch Search.
  15. Find the following CLSID keys, right-click on each of them, and delete them one by one:{16E4D9B0-2441-41AD-A716-38396738A85C}
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