Speeder.biz – Details
If you are wondering whether Speeder.biz is some sort of a nasty virus, a Trojan, a Ransomware or another form of malware we are here to tell you that this is not the case. Speeder.biz belongs to a category of software, better known as browser hijackers. Usually, as soon as such a program is embedded in the user’s PC, it immediately makes itself visible with a number of symptoms. These symptoms are mainly related to the change of the usual home page, as well as the establishment of a new search engine, a toolbar or some shortcut buttons inside the main browser, which immediately start to promote some sponsored content and to redirect your actual searches to some pre-defined web pages. In most of the cases the unauthorized modifications are accompanied by an unstoppable stream of ads, pop-ups and banners which constantly prompt the users to click on various links.
Finding difficulty removing Speeder.biz?
Such changes come often as a complete surprise and may intimidate the inexperienced users who encounter this type of programs for the first time. It is not excluded that you may take the browser hijacker for a virus, especially after you notice that no matter what you do, its changes and ads don’t want to get removed or uninstalled from the affected browser. But don’t worry, you are not dealing with a virus and, in the next lines, we will show you exactly how to remove all the unwanted effects of Speeder.biz in your system and get rid of it once and for all. Typically, programs like Aqua1man.net , Undrabbifor.info , www2.savemax.store can take over any browsing app that you are using as default, including browsers which are generally considered as safe, such as Chrome, Firefox and Explorer. That’s why the instructions below can help you to uninstall the browser hijacker from any browser that might have been affected. There is also a professional removal tool for automatic assistance, so this software really doesn’t have a chance to bug you any longer.
How Dangerous is Speeder.biz?
Most browser hijackers, including Speeder.biz, usually serve the interests of the online marketing industry. They are literally created with the aim to advertise to each individual user personally by filling their screen with sponsored messages. Thus, it doesn’t matter what site you are on – advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners, promotional links and redirects will be displayed on your screen for as long as this software is in your system. The developers of browser hijackers like Speeder.biz typically earn from the clicks on the ads and websites their software displays. This is usually possible with the help of revenue generating schemes like Pay-Per-Click. Thus, those people are more than interested to employ different methods that can bring them more profits, including introducing changes to the browser, initiating automatic page-redirects to sponsored pages and aggressively displaying various ads on the screen during browsing sessions. Such methods don’t violate the law directly, therefore they are not forbidden. But sometimes, the exposure to random links, redirect messages and ads may lead to an accidental encounter with real security hazards which gives a good reason to get rid of such software. Moreover, the hackers don’t hesitate to use malvertising as one of their main methods to distribute Ransomware, Trojans and other nasty infections.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Typical symptoms are the change of the homepage or the search engine of the main browser.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling, free downloads, autmatic installs, torrents, ads, spam, shareware.|
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Speeder.biz software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove Speeder.biz. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Speeder.biz From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Speeder.biz we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Speeder.biz on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Speeder.biz in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Getting rid of Speeder.biz from Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Removing Speeder.biz From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Removing Speeder.biz From Windows Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Removing Speeder.biz From Windows Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Speeder.biz and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Speeder.biz in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.