What is TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar?
TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar might seem to be a useful application for testing the speed (both Upload and Download speeds) of the Internet connection. Since it is free and claims to be very beneficial, some users install it willingly from its official website free.testonlinespeed.com/index.jhtml. Unfortunately, not all the people remember doing that, so it might be true that TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar can be installed on computers without permission as well. Actually, it does not matter now why you see a toolbar at the top of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox because specialists at anti-spyware-101.com still recommend getting rid of this browser plugin as soon as possible because this toolbar is a new product of Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., which creates questionable applications. TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar is not perfect either even though it tries to convince users that it is a very good and useful application. Researchers have even decided to classify it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Find it explained in this report why this application cannot be fully trusted.
What does TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar do?
No matter users install TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar willingly or it manages to sneak onto the computer together with other applications, the toolbar appears at the top of every browser. Buttons placed on this toolbar redirect to websites where users can check the speed of their Internet connection for free, get advice on how to boost the speed of the Internet (e.g. .techwalla.com/articles/how-to-speed-up-an-internet-connection and wikihow.com/Maximize-the-Speed-of-Your-Internet-Connection), play online games, and even check the local weather forecast. Even though many users find it useful to be able to access websites with the click of a button, the truth is that they do not need to have TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar installed to quickly open these websites, e.g. favorite websites can be bookmarked. Of course, we do not say that you have to eliminate this toolbar because of the buttons on the toolbar. Our biggest concern is a web page that is set as the New Tab page after its installation. It looks like an ordinary search tool and is powered by Google, but, according to researchers at anti-spyware-101.com, there is a possibility that this search engine will present users with promotional links too. They should appear on the same page with ordinary search results. At first, they might seem to be harmless, but you should stay away from them because they might take you to untrustworthy web pages. The problem is that it is not so easy to recognize these promotional links. Therefore, users should remove TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar together with the MyWay search engine to protect their computers. Also, you should not keep it if you feel that a new website has been set as the New Tab page without your permission.
Specialists cannot trust TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar fully also because it requires a bunch of different permissions, for example, read and change the browsing history, manage downloads, read and change data on the websites visited, and, finally, manage applications, extensions, and themes. Since TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar is not the most trustworthy application, you should not let it act this way. In other words, you should remove it because you will allow it to perform all these activities on your PC by installing and keeping it.
Where does TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar come from?
Just like other browser plugins developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., e.g. TotalRecipeSearch Toolbar, Cats and Catapults Toolbar, and VerifiedVPN Toolbar, TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar has an official website and can be downloaded from there; however, it might still come bundled with applications in software bundles. Users do not notice that additional software is going to be installed if they do not uncheck the box on the installation window, so they allow this software to enter the system without even realizing that and then find the presence of the toolbar at the top of their browsers quite surprising. If you have found it too but are not planning on keeping a potentially unwanted application installed, you should erase TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar right now without further consideration.
How do I delete TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar?
Below this article you will find the manual removal instructions that will help you to remove extensions belonging to TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar from browsers. In the case of the extension for Internet Explorer, you could delete it through Control Panel. Unfortunately, it will not be that easy to remove the extension from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If our step-by-step instructions do not help you to do that too, scan your system with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter (click on the Download button to download its free diagnostic version).
Remove TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar manually
- Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the undesirable program.
- Click Remove.
- Click the button in the bottom-left corner.
- Click Control Panel to open it.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Right-click on the program you wish to erase and click Uninstall.
- Right-click on the bottom-left corner.
- Select Control Panel from the drop-down menu.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Find and select the unwanted application.
- Delete it by clicking the Uninstall button.
- Press Win+E to open the Windows Explorer.
- Type %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[PROFILE]\extensions in the URL bar at the top and tap Enter.
- Locate the _jaMembers_@www.testonlinespeed.com file and remove it.
- Launch the Windows Explorer.
- Visit the following directories one after the other:
- %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\[PROFILE]\Extensions
- %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\[PROFILE]\Local Extension Settings
- %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings
- Delete the folder ihcnbjpanoikdmbhanaapmdkkoihefnp from these directories.
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