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Remove virus (Removal Guide) - Oct 2018 update

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Speedial – an infamous browser-hijacker which still relies on “bundling” to reach victims' computers PUP - a browser-hijacking application which performs needed changes on the affected system to initiate continuous redirects.

Speedial is a browser hijacker which infiltrates the computer system unnoticed and affects it in a negative way. Typically, the PUP takes over the work of the victim's web browsers and changes the default search engine, the new tab URL, homepage, and even the bookmarks to the preferred ones. As a result, each time users try to browse the web, they are forced to search via this new search engine called or other virus versions, e.g.Lightning SpeedDial. Such activity can become annoying because the PUP[1] initiates its redirects each time you begin your search session. You can reverse these changes only if you get rid of Speed Dial from your computer system and eliminate all PUP-added components from your web browsers.

Name Speedial Search
Category Browser hijacker/browser-hijacking app
Sub-category PUP
the Main goal Gain revenue from victims who decide to use the PUP and its provided features
Symptoms Default search engine is set to, users face dubious redirects, various browser settings, including the home page, are modified
Spreading techniques Software bundles, rogue websites
Related apps  Speedial uninstaller, WPM17.8.0.3159, MySearchDialOmnibox, YeaDesktop, DNSUnlocker, etc.
Removal process Install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to get rid of the system changes initiated by this PUP

You can detect the browser hijacker by such symptoms:

  • The default search engine is set to;
  • You are facing dubious redirects to various pages;
  • Your browser homepage and new tab URL are modified.

Beware that Speedial virus might provide fake search query results when performing a search via the new default engine. This PUP has been working really hard to trick its victims into falling for its “useful features,” such as fast access to commonly known websites and other content. However, its main aim is to drive visitors' traffic to sponsored sites and generate pay-per-click revenue.

There is yet another negative feature related to this unwanted application – it infiltrates the system unnoticed thru software bundles. According to experts, you can get infected with Speed Dial after downloading Omnibox, YeaDesktop, DNS Unlocker, and similar apps that have been known as highly suspicious.

Once inside the system, the PUP modifies search results to reroute its victims to sites that they don't know. Note that, because of such activities, you can be redirected to potentially dangerous web pages which might include dubious and even harmful content. Besides, Speedial Search can present you questionable links unknowingly that can additionally start the infiltration of a serious malware-type[2] infection. virus - a potentially unwanted program which can get into the system by using various ways such as other software or rogue websites.

Additionally, browser-hijacking applications have the feature to collect personal and non-personal information which is related to your browsing habits. Be careful with programs having such ability as there is no guarantee that they will take all the measures needed to protect this data from attacks. Here is an extraction from app's Privacy Policy:

Speedial does not store any Identifiable Personal Information unless it was voluntarily provided to Speedial by you. Such information might be: name, email address, phone number, if provided by you voluntarily as mentioned a above. If any personally identifiable information happens to be collected, we follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personally identifiable information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. Please take under consideration that no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure, and therefore we cannot warrant or guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used, or released in a manner that is inconsistent with this policy.

If you want to go back to normal searches, you need to remove Speedial Search virus from your computer and browsers. Fortunately, it isn't known as an aggressive PUP that relies on numerous techniques to stay on the system for as long as possible, so you can uninstall it via Task Manager and then reset your web browsers affected by the hijacker.

If you are looking for a quick solution, take care of the Speedial removal by running the updated anti-spyware. Additionally, eliminate the outcomes of this virus with the help of an anti-malware tool. Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or any other similar computer security program to complete this task without wasting your time examining this program and looking for each of its components. 

Speed dial virus
Speed dial - a virus that has been traveling around together with other apps as an optional component. It has been spread by DNS Unlocker, YeaDesktop, Omnibox and other apps that have also been considered as suspicious.

Take precautionary measures against PUPs to prevent them on your computer

Malware researchers from[3] claim that potentially unwanted programs, including browser-hijacking applications, can infiltrate the system in many ways. The most popular ones are:

  • Bundled software. A PUP can be downloaded together with regular shareware of freeware. This is a result of using third-party installers. What you need to do to stop such activity is visit the Custom or Advanced section and deselect the Quick/Recommended option. After you perform this type of action, look through the list of incoming downloads and opt-out ones that you did not request for;
  • Rogue websites. Various pages are promoted by secondary sources. Such sites come improperly disclosed and might provide damaging content. Be careful when visiting certain pages, make sure that they are highly-secured. Better visit only original ones. If you open a dubious-looking one – close it immediately.

In addition, some piece of advice would be to take care of your computer system by installing an antivirus program. Choose a trustworthy one and make sure that you always keep it up-to-date. If taken care of properly, such security tool will protect your computer and its components from various threats.

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Use professional help to remove virus from the system

To remove Speedial virus, you need to uninstall it from the system and also reset each of your browsers. Besides, you should also find every component of this hijacker to prevent its reappearance after rebooting the computer system. If you are not feeling prepared enough to do that manually, scan the system with reliable anti-spyware. For that, we recommend the tools listed below this article.

However, we are willing to help you take care of the Speedial removal by offering the manual removal guide designed by our experts. For that, check the instructions below and complete each step cautiously. You need to eliminate all unwanted browser extensions and plug-ins you cannot remember downloading and then reset each of your web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari.

Recently, this browser hijacker has started affecting Opera web browser. If you are looking for a guide to remove Speed Dial from Opera, just follow these steps:

  1. Close Opera browser and go to the following address: C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\
  2. Here, locate and delete the file named as: Operapref.ini file;
  3. Launch Opera once again.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Delete from Windows systems

To uninstall Speedial from the Windows, check your Task Manager for suspicious entries, including DNS Unlocker, Omnibox, YeaDesktop, and others:

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Erase from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate virus from Microsoft Edge

To get rid of all unwanted content from your Microsoft Edge web browser, follow these instructions carefully:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Remove from Google Chrome

Clean Google Chrome from all PUP-related components. Use these instructions to achieve such activity:

  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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete from Safari

Refresh Safari by using this guide and get rid of Speed Dial for good:

  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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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