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Remove Speedial.com virus (Removal Guide) - Oct 2018 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Speedial – an infamous browser-hijacker which still relies on “bundling” to reach victims' computers

Speedial.com PUPSpeedial.com - 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 Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com, 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 Speedial.com;
  • 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. 

Speedial.com virusSpeedial.com - 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 virusSpeed 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 LesVirus.fr[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 Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com virus, follow these steps:

Delete Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com and related programs
    Here, look for Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com 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.

Erase Speedial.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Speedial.com virus from Microsoft Edge

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

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

Remove Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com 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 Speedial.com, 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 Speedial.com 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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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