InternetSpeedTracker “Malware” Removal (Dec. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove InternetSpeedTracker “Malware”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In the following paragraphs we will tell you all about a really irritating program called InternetSpeedTracker. The infection caused by such a browser hijacker could result in a noticeable modification of all your browser apps’ appearances and behavioral patterns. Some of the likely effects of this program could include:

  • unauthorized redirecting to some unknown web locations;
  • a very intensive process of producing pop-up and other online ads; no matter which browser you open: the program could easily take charge of and modify Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Explorer (and most other less popular browsing programs as well);
  • substitution of your default browser homepage and search engine with some new ones – an activity you have never directly authorized.

Additional details about this sort of software type, browser hijackers, are available in the passages that follow.

Browser Hijackers and all you need to know about these programs:

What you need to know first about browser hijackers is the fact that they may just infect and affect your browser apps only. What’s more, they really do NOT act like any known type of malware in any way. Their usual behavior is merely promotion-driven. Thus, it could be logically assumed that this explains all the changes any hijacker could cause. It is not hard to understand their developers have signed contracts, offering them sufficient payment in exchange for the process of advertising certain websites; search engines; browser homepages; products or services.

What makes InternetSpeedTracker different from the Trojan and Ransomware viruses?

Most malware forms (such as the programs created on the basis of Trojans or Ransomware code) can perform plenty of harmful things, right after they have infiltrated your PC. An example is the truth that the Ransomware-like ones are able to encrypt data; and the Trojan-like ones are able to destroy files or format all your drives, among other things. Fortunately, nothing like that could be expected from a browser hijacker such as the one you are now facing. What such a program may achieve is it may research the most recent of your  online search requests. This could be done for the purpose of linking the ad stream to your personal interests. In fact, such activity may be considered pretty intrusive, however, this review of your preferences may actually be useful to you. If InternetSpeedTracker is really able to and does broadcast ads, related to your needs, you may find out about the best offers automatically. Despite that, the majority of users see such actions as too irritating. Consequently, InternetSpeedTracker and the other hijackers are now generally considered potentially unwanted programs.

InternetSpeedTracker “Malware” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove InternetSpeedTracker from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove InternetSpeedTracker from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove InternetSpeedTracker from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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!

How you may end up infected by a hijacker such as InternetSpeedTracker

The usual hijacker source is any program bundle you download from the Internet. Let’s clarify what the word ‘bundle’ is all about. Briefly speaking, a bundle is a number of various programs bundled and distributed together. A bundle could include games, apps, Adware products, hijackers or other software versions. Simply be sure to bear in mind that merely downloading such a free bundle is not what causes an infection. In fact, the reason for more than 80% of all hijacker-caused contaminations is the act of improperly installing bundles.

When the installer wizard is displayed, you will be shown the available options. From all the ones that you can see, search for the Advanced/ Custom or Customized one. Learn to select only one of these. Follow the instructions as closely as possible in order to complete the installation process right. Don’t forget that only one of the features above will allow you to choose what exactly to install from any bundle. The other possible wizard features, such as the Typical, Default, Automatic or the Quick, are to be avoided always.

Some more safety tips:

In addition to the advice above, we are going to add some more below:

  • Just stay away from all the other likely hijacker source, such as torrents; shareware and spam forms. Also, make sure to avoid any add-ons and never enable any suspicious browser extensions.
  • Your OS needs to be frequently updated.
  • Keep in mind that you always need high-quality anti-virus software. Forget about being tight-fisted and purchase the best one on the Internet.

In case you need to remove the ongoing infection inflicted by InternetSpeedTracker, follow the instructions inside our Removal Guide right after the table below!

SUMMARY:

Name InternetSpeedTracker
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some annoying changes made in regards of your browser apps such as ad production and intensive redirection, also substitution of the default search engines and homepages.
Distribution Method Mostly via bundles- also via spam, other ads, torrents, streaming web pages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.