Trojans are among the most dangerous malicious pieces of software in existence, and TickTackSpeedup is one of their latest representatives. If TickTackSpeedup is in your system, it is crucial that you have it removed as soon as possible.
There’s hardly a web user out there who has never before heard of the term ‘Trojan horse’. And even if you don’t know much about this type of computer viruses, you still probably have some idea about how dangerous they are.
Furthermore, Trojans also happen to be among the most common threats found online, which has also contributed to them being so infamous. In fact, more than 3 out 4 malware attacks that occur over the internet are attributed to Trojan horse viruses like TickTackSpeedup.
And there are a couple of pretty solid reasons why hackers and cyber criminals prefer to employ Trojans for the execution of their evil agendas as opposed to other types of malware.
The TickTack Speedup Malware
Trojans such as the TickTack Speedup Malware are notoriously versatile and can be programmed to do a whole range of different tasks. The TickTack Speedup Malware can steal data from your computer in a number of different ways and is therefore tightly associated with crimes such as identity theft and even just regular theft (e.g. having your bank account wiped clean, etc.).
Please follow all the steps below in order to remove TickTackSpeedup!
How to remove TickTackSpeedup
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find TickTackSpeedup in the programs list that would show up.
- Select TickTackSpeedup from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
- From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
- Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to TickTackSpeedup.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to TickTackSpeedup.
- If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove TickTackSpeedup from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the TickTackSpeedup extension
- Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
- Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to TickTackSpeedup and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
- Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
- Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.
How to get rid of TickTackSpeedup on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the TickTackSpeedup extension
- Get rid of TickTackSpeedup by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
- Open Firefox
- Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
- Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
- Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
- Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
- Start Edge
- Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
- Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
- Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
- Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “TickTackSpeedup” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete TickTackSpeedup
- Open task manager
- Look for the TickTackSpeedup process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete TickTackSpeedup
- Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
- Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
- If you don’t see a “TickTackSpeedup” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
- Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
- If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
- Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
- If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
- Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall TickTackSpeedup
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for TickTackSpeedup in there
- Uninstall TickTackSpeedup from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any TickTackSpeedup. racing-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
- Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
- After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to TickTackSpeedup in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
Variants like TickTackSpeedup are capable of giving the hackers remote control over your computer and switching on your mic and webcam without your knowledge. Alternatively, Trojans like TickTackSpeedup can also be used to exploit the resources of their victims’ machines. Thus, your computer could now be mining cryptocurrencies, for instance, and sending them to the hackers. Or it may also involve your computer in botnets for the purposes of distributing spam or taking part in large-scale DDoS attacks.
As you can see, the possibilities are pretty much endless. These examples are barely scratching the surface of what a malicious piece like TickTackSpeedup can do.
Another reason why Trojans like TickTackSpeedup or Altruistics are largely preferred by cyber criminals is that they are incredibly stealthy. Most Trojans horse infections have no symptoms at all and there are no signs that would tip the victims off about the presence of a virus.
As a matter of fact, Trojans have been known to be able to hide deep in the system and remain undetected for months and even for years. And obviously, the longer a Trojan can remain in your system, the more damage it can cause.
You might be wondering how you landed TickTackSpeedup in the first place, and there’s no way of knowing for sure. But there are a handful of the most common means of distribution that it’s good to be aware of anyway, in order to avoid them in the future.
Malicious online ads (aka malvertisements) are a very popular means of distributing all sorts of viruses, not just Trojans. But perhaps the most common technique is via phishing emails. Typically they pretend to be sent from well-known companies or financial institutions. And they try to trick users into clicking on a link, downloading or an attachment or taking some similar action, which results in downloading the virus.
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