Interactive Speed Mac

Interactive Speed

Interactive Speed is a Mac browser add-on that researchers label as a browser hijacker due to its aggressive behavior. Interactive Speed seeks to fill the browser it is attached to with banners, popups and other ads and to redirect the user to different sites that pay to be promoted.

Interactive Speed Mac

Interactive Speed on Mac

Many programs (especially free or cheap ones) contain components that have similar effects on the browser. However, those other programs at least try to provide the user with some form of functionality that could maybe make up for the irritation caused by the ads and the page redirects. However, in the case of the browser hijacker that we will be focusing on in this post, there are barely any redeeming qualities that could at least partially compensate for the aggressive advertising campaign of this app.

Interactive Speed for Mac

Interactive Speed for Mac is a hijacker extension for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox that takes over the search engine, the homepage, and the toolbar of the browser. Interactive Speed for Mac seeks to use these browser elements for its advertising activities.

If you are familiar with this undesirable app because it has entered your browser and would not go away no matter how hard you try to uninstall it, you may find a solution to your problem in the removal guide posted down this page. However, we advise you to first go through the remainder of this article to learn more about the potential dangers related to this undesirable app.

One important thing many users ignore is the fact that a lot of the sites that use the services of such hijackers in order to gain more views are unreliable and with a bad reputation. In fact, even hackers who try to spread Trojans, Worms, Ransomware, and other viruses may sometimes create a site where they upload their malware and then pay to get their site promoted by a hijacker like Interactive Speed. With this in mind, there really should be no question of whether to uninstall the hijacker or to keep it on your Mac.

What is Interactive Speed?

Interactive Speed is a representative of the browser-hijacking software category – a type of apps known for their aggressive ads and site redirects. Interactive Speed can potentially make your Mac less safe by exposing your browser to sites with questionable content without your permission.

In order to prevent this app from bothering you with its adverts and to prevent it from further redirecting you to sites you don’t wish to visit, your best option is to uninstall it. If this is the first time you come across a browser hijacker, you may need some extra help to remove it and you can find that help in our guide at the bottom of this post.

The InteractiveSpeed app

The InteractiveSpeed app is a rogue app that hijacks different elements of the browser such as the homepage or the Omnibox search engine. The InteractiveSpeed app typically spreads through installation bundles by being attached to the installer of another program (usually one that’s free/cheap).

It is strongly recommended to avoid downloading software from unverified sources because this is how most users who have hijackers on their computers have landed the unwanted app. 


Name Interactive Speed
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Users typically notice that their browser’s homepage and search engine have been changed without their permission after a hijacker got installed in the browser.
Distribution Method  Hijackers rarely get distributed as stand-alone apps. Instead, they are usually bundled with other software and distributed alongside it.
Detection Tool

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Remove Interactive Speed from Mac

For a quick way to remove Interactive Speed try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Interactive Speed.
  5. Remove Interactive Speed from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.

If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Interactive Speed!

Interactive Speed Mac

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively, you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Interactive Speed Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Interactive Speed Mac

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

Interactive Speed Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Interactive Speed Mac

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Interactive Speed Mac

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Interactive Speed Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Interactive Speed Mac

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Interactive Speed Mac

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Interactive Speed Mac

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

Interactive Speed Mac

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Interactive Speed Mac

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Interactive Speed Mac How to Remove Interactive Speed From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Interactive Speed Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Interactive Speed Mac

The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

Interactive Speed MacHow to Remove Interactive Speed From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Interactive Speed Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Interactive Speed Mac.

Interactive Speed Mac

 Click Interactive Speed Mac again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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