Speakstandcolony is a rogue browser program that appears to function as a normal browser attachment, but instead takes over the main web browser and loads it with sponsored advertisements. Speakstandcolony may often redirect user traffic to pages and ads that generate pay-per-view and pay-per-click revenue.
None of the intrusive ads and page-redirects is aimed at damaging your PC in any way. Yet, they can be very annoying and irritating since they are trying to constantly promote different products, services and websites on your screen.
In a way, this is good news if you are already dealing with Speakstandcolony and its aggressive sponsored advertising messages because, at least, you don’t have to worry that your machine has been infected with some stealthy virus, a Trojan or some nasty Ransomware infection.
Uninstalling this browser hijacker from your Chrome, Firefox or any other browser that has been hijacked, however, is a smart move that may help you avoid sketchy web materials and the security risks related to them. Moreover, an app such as Speakstandcolony may make some potentially unwanted changes to the browser’s search engine, the homepage address and the toolbar, which may be abused by actual viruses including Trojans, ransomware and other malicious programs. That is also one of the key explanations why experts recommend that browser hijackers should better be uninstalled from the system.
Unlike most viruses, who try to hide deep in the system and normally show no visible symptoms that can give them away, most browser hijackers can be detected easily. You won’t be second guessing about the presence of an app like Speakstandcolony because, it will do everything possible to grab your attention and make you click on its ads, banners, promotional redirect links and pop-ups as soon as it gets attached to your browser. What is more, Speakstandcolony may directly replace your preferred search engine with one of its own and may change the homepage address with a sponsored one.
Again, the machine is not intended to be damaged. The purpose of these browser “improvements” is to allow the hijacker to produce more advertisements, pop-ups and redirects so that you can engage with more of the advertising material that gets shown during your browsing sessions. Each click and each site visit matters a lot for programs like Speakstandcolony since this is what generates pay-per-click and pay-per-view revenue for the hijacker’s developers.
The main concern here is that the links and ads that get aggressively promoted might not always safe and reliable. Therefore, even though the hijacker alone is not intended to damage the computer in any way, its promotional materials should be treated with care or should best be avoided if you don’t want to accidentally land on some misleading web link or a virus-infected ad.
In fact, the best way to prevent future interactions with unwanted web ads, is to remove Speakstandcolony from your PC. If you don’t know how to easily remove this hijacker, please check out the instructions in the manual removal guide or use the suggested automatic removal tool.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The intrusive generation of web ads, pop-ups, and banners is a sure symptom of browser hijacking.|
|Distribution Method||Developers commonly add Browser Hijackers inside the installers of some other apps, mostly free ones.|
Speakstandcolony Virus Removal
To try and remove Speakstandcolony quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Speakstandcolony extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Speakstandcolony by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Speakstandcolony and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Speakstandcolony removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Speakstandcolony from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Speakstandcolony from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Speakstandcolony from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!