Can’t Remove Speediscount.com? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove Speediscount.com that can be found at the bottom half of this article.
Getting constantly interrupted by tons of ads, pop-ups, banners, and page-redirects when trying to surf the web could be a very irritating experience, especially if you need to use your browser on a regular basis. Sadly, there are many things that might create disturbances to your normal web activity and decrease your overall online experience. Speediscount.com, for instance, is a piece of software that has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team as many users have complained about it’s ability to nag them during their browsing time. Speediscount.com is a browser hijacker which has the ability to change the settings of your default browser and add to it some new components such as toolbars, homepages, search engines or add-ons without your approval. These new components usually tend to take over the web activity by triggering automatic page-redirects, generation of various ads, pop-ups and banners as well as new tabs all over the screen during each browsing session. Browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Edge are the most commonly affected by browser hijackers browsing programs.
The frustration from having such an app added to your browser could be a real pain in the neck, especially if you use your browsing program daily in your work or just for regular browsing. Unfortunately, despite not being as dangerous as a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Trojan horse, dealing with an application such as Speediscount.com could be rather tricky and may require some assistance. That’s why, in the next lines, we have published a detailed Removal Guide which is specifically created to help you remove the irritating software and uninstall its changes from your system. You can also find a professional Speediscount.com removal software tool on this same page, which tool you can use if you don’t feel confident enough to follow the manual instructions. Just remember to finish the article so as to better familiarize yourself with the specifics of this type of unwanted software and the best methods to keep it away from your system.
Are browser hijackers Viruses?
The browser hijackers are not pieces of software which would normally cause any direct harm to your computer. They are more or less harmless, especially when compared to a real computer virus such as a Trojan Horse, a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Spyware virus, because their activities are not meant to be used as means of committing some sort of cyber crime. An application like Speediscount.com, for example, may be extremely irritating with its ad-generations, annoying browser changes, and page-redirects but its purpose is to simply advertise stuff on your screen and not to damage your PC. It is very unlikely that the browser hijacker will encrypt your files like a Ransomware or steal your passwords like a Trojan horse. Its abilities are usually limited to only making changes to your default browser and flooding it with sponsored pay-per-click ads and page redirects.
Still, as harmless as Speediscount.com may be, it might still indirectly contribute to your PC’s potential exposure to actual computer threats. For instance, in the stream of random ads, you may happen to click on a misleading link or on some fake ad which might redirect you to dangerous web locations or illegal websites. Also, it is very likely that Speediscount.com will spam you with aggressive offers and links and try to analyze your web searches in order to make its advertising campaigns more effective and better optimized. For this reason, it might is a good idea to not click on the randomly generated advertising materials and uninstall the annoying hijacker instead of trying to put up with its uncontrolled stream of ads.
How to protect your PC from browser hijackers
A browser hijacker like Speediscount.com might get on your PC in numerous ways. Usually, such software might be found in different free download platforms, shareware sites, torrents, spam messages and different attachments and that’s why it is a good idea to avoid such web locations and to not download software from there. You should be especially careful when installing new software on your PC because, in some of the cases, the browser hijacker might be bundled inside the setup of some program’s installer and might get installed alongside the main software from the installer.
That’s why we always advise our readers to install new applications only through the Advanced/Custom installation settings and to customize the installation configuration leaving out any seemingly unneeded and potentially unwanted software. In case that some additional or recommended components ask for your permission to make changes to your browser or your Internet settings, it is best to opt out of them in order to avoid potentially unwanted modifications to your browser and Internet settings.
Speediscount.com Removal Guide
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Speediscount.com 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 the virus. 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.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
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 Speediscount.com 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 Speediscount.com 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 Speediscount.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Speediscount.com 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.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.