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FVD Speed Dial. Operating principle: browser hijacking

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

FVD Speed Dial – a legitimate browser addon that delivers “Welcome to FVD Speed Dial Quick Tour” pop-ups on Chrome

FVD Speed Dial

FVD Speed Dial is a browser add-on developed by Nimbus Web Inc., acts as a browser-hijacking application.[1] This component is available for web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera and has its own promotion website. If you give this page a visit, you will see that the application is promoted by describing many useful functions that it includes – it replaces the new tab and homepage with 3D predefined images for quick bookmarks. Furthermore, some users might find it very comfortable to use as FVD Speed Dial is compatible with all Windows, Android, and Mac OS.

Once you install FVD Speed Dial on your computer or device, this program will set your web browser search engine to mys.yoursearch.me or my.yoursearch.me and the user will be forced to use the new search section. Also, zones such as the homepage, new tab URL will also relate to this browser-hijacking application.

Besides changing the search provider to Bing, the app also began exhibiting suspicious behavior. Users said that Welcome to FVD Speed Dial Quick Tour keeps popping up each time they launch Google Chrome web browser. Without a doubt, this behavior is intrusive and unwelcome and should be eliminated immediately – check the bottom section of this article for the instructions.

Name FVD Speed Dial
Type Browser hijacker
Search engine set to Bing
Engine(s) mys.yoursearch.me or my.yoursearch.me
Suitable for Chrome, Firefox, etc.
OS-based  Mac, Windows, Android
Handy features Fast access to websites that are most frequently visited, enhanced bookmarks appearance, monitoring backgrounds, backups
Annoying activities Redirecting to affiliate sources, advertising during browser sessions, Welcome to FVD Speed Dial Quick Tour popup each time the browser is started
Dangers Redirects can take you to malicious websites
Removal You can delete the browser hijacker quickly by following our instructions below
Additional tips Scan your machine with anti-malware and then fix any damage that could have been sustained due to malware infection with ReimageIntego repair software

Even though this application is not a virus, it still has the name of FVD Speed Dial as it can be secretly distributed throughout third-party sources. This also is one of the main reasons why this add-on is categorized as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program. If you visit the app's website, you will see that developers describe it as a very handy tool:

The best tool for saving and organizing the links to your favorite sites. Classy design, dial customization, convenient backup – all these are just a few of the features that will be available to you.

However, one of the most attractive things about FVD Speed Dial is that this application can be downloaded for free. Besides this, the official website promotes other features of the browser hijacker such as fast access to popular websites, monitoring the background, changing the size and colors, also saving backups of important data.

Sadly, FVD Speed Dial hijack might bring much more unpleasant things and activities than beneficial ones. Besides changing browser settings, the browser hijacker can also start causing redirects to affiliate websites. This activity is not only annoying but can also relate to landing on potentially dangerous sources.

If you have been wondering is FVD Speed Dial safe, this is the answer for you. The browser hijacker itself is not a harmful application but it still can bring damage to your computer indirectly. Redirects from this program can relate to malicious program downloads such as ransomware viruses, spyware, or Trojan horses.

FVD Speed Dial hijackFVD Speed Dial is categorized as a PUP due to all suspicious redirecting and advertising activities it performs

Furthermore, FVD Speed Dial might start displaying pop-up notifications while using the infected web browser for collecting benefits from the pay-per-click technique. If this happens, advertisements might start overloading your computer screen and overusing system resources for ad-promoting purposes.

FVD Speed Dial removal is the best thing to do if you started receiving rogue actions from this PUP or if you just one to bring your original search engine back. Also, by eliminating the browser hijacker, you will prevent other activities, for example, collection of your browsing data (links clicked, bookmarks saved, pages visited, etc).

You can remove FVD Speed Dial with the help of reputable anti-malware software such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. Also, you can take a look at the below-given step-by-step guide if you are looking for manual guidelines. You will find instructions at the end of this page and be able to eliminate all unwanted extensions,[2] add-ons, and plug-ins within a few clicks. If you find more suspicious/malicious programs on your computer, you should also ensure that it is remediated with ReimageIntego or similar repair software after the elimination process is complete.

Browser hijackers distribute secretly just like other PUPs

Some browser-hijacking applications are beautifully promoted on their own official websites and most of them are completely legitimately distributed throughout the Web. However, these types of programs are still linked to the PUP category because they can reach the targeted system unknowingly throughout other free software.

Such things happen all the time and the best way to prevent them is by opting for safe configuration. Our suggestion would be the Custom or Advanced installation mode which allows controlling all incoming objects. Additionally, be aware of all Quick and Recommended options as these do not include protection from suspicious apps.

According to security specialists,[3] secret PUP distribution can also happen while just visiting third-party sources and clicking on links/advertisements that are provided there. A reputable anti-malware tool with a secure browsing feature is the best security measure that you can take while dealing with secondary sources on the Internet sphere.

FVD Speed Dial browser hijackerFVD Speed Dial is a PUP as it can come bundled with other software

FVD Speed Dial removal guide(automatic + manual)

If you are happy with the extension and don't mind ads and redirects, you can keep it installed. However, nobody likes the fact that Welcome to FVD Speed Dial Quick Tour keeps popping up – an annoying pop-up disturbs users' online activities. To fix this, you should immediately update your Google Chrome browser, as well as the extension itself. You can delete the extension if you are unhappy about it, however.

FVD Speed Dial removal is not that hard of a process if you combine it with ransomware or trojan elimination. However, it still requires the user's full attention, especially when the person is completing the removal by using the manual technique. Here you will need to clean both the infected operating system and web browser applications.

Make sure that once you remove FVD Speed Dial virus from your Windows or Mac machine, you take a look at your browser apps. The browser hijacker can have filled browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari with questionable add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions.

Another way to get rid of FVD Speed Dial hijack is by opting for automatic repair software. These programs are more trustworthy and can handle the entire process in two-three minute length. However, just make sure that you choose a reputable program, otherwise, you might not be that satisfied with the results as you were expecting to be.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove FVD Speed Dial, follow these steps:

Uninstall FVD Speed Dial from Windows systems

Removal of the browser hijacker from Windows can be completed by performing these below-given steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall FVD Speed Dial and related programs
    Here, look for FVD Speed Dial or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove FVD Speed Dial from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate FVD Speed Dial from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove FVD Speed Dial from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for FVD Speed Dial-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove FVD Speed Dial, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to FVD Speed Dial and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the FVD Speed Dial-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase FVD Speed Dial from Internet Explorer (IE)

If Explorer got hijacked and settings got compromised, use these instructions to remove all changes and third-party components:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for FVD Speed Dial and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete FVD Speed Dial removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete FVD Speed Dial from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the FVD Speed Dial-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of FVD Speed Dial from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can refresh and clean the Mozilla Firefox web browser from suspicious content by using these guidelines:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select FVD Speed Dial and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete FVD Speed Dial removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove FVD Speed Dial from Google Chrome

If you find suspicious content in your Google Chrome web browser, you can get rid of it with the help of these instructions:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select FVD Speed Dial and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete FVD Speed Dial removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall FVD Speed Dial from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for FVD Speed Dial or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by FVD Speed Dial, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete FVD Speed Dial removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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