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Remove Search.heasyspeedtest.co virus (Removal Guide) - Jul 2017 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.heasyspeedtest.co browser hijacker urges you to use a shady search engine

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Search.heasyspeedtest.co virus is yet another vague search tool created by the infamous company Polarity Technologies Ltd. The tool is promoted via software bundles that suggest adding Easy Speed Test V3.0 extension to Chrome and other web browsers. 

This browser extension is often called a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. It assigns hxxp://search.heasyspeedtest.co/ value to browser's home and default search provider settings. The search engine provided on that domain simply serves Yahoo search results modified by Safer Browser.

These search results are filled with ads pointing to external sites that might be insecure to visit. Because of the fact that Polarity Technologies company seeks to generate pay-per-click revenue without checking the reliability of advertised sites, we do not recommend using or visiting its search sites.

Due to privacy policy provisions stating that the site collects and may share your non-personal data with third parties, this domain has been categorized as suspicious. It tracks your:

  • Search queries;
  • URLs you visit;
  • Type of the operating system you use;
  • IP address;
  • Geographic location.

Remember that the listed pieces of data CAN contain personally identifiable information and it is going to be shared with third-parties, too, If you care about your privacy and computer's security, we believe that you should choose manual or automatic search.heasyspeedtest.co removal option and delete the hijacker ASAP. ReimageIntego can do it faster for you, but you can also use manual junkware removal tutorial provided below the article. The example of Search.heasyspeedtest.coSearch.heasyspeedtest.co is a questionable search site that suggests testing your Internet speed test. However, its main target is to deliver you sponsored search results on a daily basis.

Advantages and disadvantages of Easy Speed Test PUP

Finding your favorite website faster is truly practical. However, tools which are presented as almost perfect utilities without disadvantages often contain several of them and quite annoying. Thus, search.heasyspeedtest is no exception as well.

Questions about Search.heasyspeedtest.co virus

Even though it performs Easy Speed Test and identifies the rates of downloads and uploads capacity, it may also cram you with other seemingly “practical” features. It is no wonder as it is closely associated with third parties. As a result, you may be bombarded with other commercial offers. The hijacker also spies on your online activities[1]:

By Using the Services, You Are Consenting to Grant Polarity Permission to Collect Your Urls and Search Data, Including Search Queries That May Contain Personally Identifiable Information, Share Them With Third Parties, and Use Search-related Cookies.

On top of that, the search tool offers a list of news providers. However, some of them provide the annoying Revcontent ads. Though they are the part of a legitimate advertising network, they sure may get bothersome.

Excessive advertising[2] is never a pleasant phenomenon. While using this hijacker, you might get really frustrated with this phenomenon.

Due to this fact, you might also notice occasional search.heasyspeedtest.co redirect. It is likely that you may get directed to a sponsored domains that provide not the most trustworthy content. In the worst scenario, you can end up visiting a deceptive or phishing domain. To put it shortly, there are just too many cons outweighing pros. We suggest you think twice before deciding to keep this browser hijacker on your PC.

Sneaky methods used to trick users into installing browser hijackers

Since the search tool has developed a wide network of partners, there is a possibility to run into its advertisements while browsing shady third-party websites. You can also receive a suggestion to install it right after adding another untrustworthy extension to your browser. 

If you were looking for a tool to boost up your Internet speed, it is likely that you may have come across Easy Test Speed or another tool. Alternatively, it is likely that you may have accelerated search.heasyspeedtest.co hijack accidentally by installing a vague free program that advertises it. Software bundling is a common strategy that helps similar PUPs to cling onto free applications.

Since users tend to choose “Recommended” settings, they often overlook attached extras such as browser toolbars or other unreliable applications. Thus, in order not to repeat the same mistake again the future, opt for Advanced or Custom settings. Then, you should be able to detect optional attachments and remove the check marks from them.

Remove search.heasyspeedtest.co hijacker

You can successfully remove search.heasyspeedtest.co virus by using manual guidelines or opting for the automatic solution. If you choose the latter, a cyber security tool will not only come in handy in completing search.heasyspeedtest.co removal but also warding off more troublesome threats.

If you are fine with the manual method, then feel free to use the below guidelines. Carefully proceed to each step not to miss any crucial detail. Remove search.heasyspeedtest.co from browser settings and delete associated browser extensions as well. Czech users are likely to encounter this hijacker more often. If you are one of them, check the Czech version of 2-spyware.[3]

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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Search.heasyspeedtest.co from Windows systems

  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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co and related programs
    Here, look for Search.heasyspeedtest.co 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co 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.

Delete Search.heasyspeedtest.co from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.heasyspeedtest.co from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.heasyspeedtest.co-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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co, 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.heasyspeedtest.co-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Search.heasyspeedtest.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

If you chose automatic elimination, you might also go through these guidelines and double-check whether all elements search.heasyspeedtest.co have been eliminated.

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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.heasyspeedtest.co virus 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co-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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete Easy Speed Test add-on this way.

  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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Search.heasyspeedtest.co from Google Chrome

Delete Easy Speed Test V3.0 extension from your Chrome browser. The version (V3.0) can differ.

  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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Search.heasyspeedtest.co 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co, 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 Search.heasyspeedtest.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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