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Remove SpeeDownloader ads (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Can you trust SpeeDownloader download manager?

You should never allow SpeeDownloader virus (or SpeedDownloader virus) to enter your computer system, especially if you do not like to encounter loads of intrusive online advertisements[1]. This intrusive program (developed by D-limit Soft) claims to be a free and “best” download manager, although it clearly isn’t. Once installed, this questionable piece of software sets up tracking technologies[2] on the system to find out what user’s interests are. Later on, collected data can be used for selection and placement of catchy-looking ads, which users typically rate as annoying and useless. After installation of this download manager, you will notice a lot of pop-up, pop-under, in-text and banner ads appearing during browsing sessions. Although at first, it can seem like SpeeDownloader ads are helpful and bring you the latest discount codes and best ongoing offers, do not be tricked into clicking on them. The main reason why SpeeDownloader delivers these ads is that it generates revenue using them, and the more people click on them, the more money it gathers[3] SpeeDownloader adwareThe expert demonstrates the official website of SpeeDownloader adware and some examples of ads by SpeeDownloader.

It aims to cause unexpected redirects to lead users to third-party websites that it promotes and then get paid, but it doesn’t really care what kind of content is shared on these sites. Therefore, be careful not to get tricked into visiting shady websites that might be hosting spyware or malware[4]. On top of that, disagree whenever these websites send you a pop-up asking you to install software or update the one you already have – such prompts might be deceitful and pose a threat to your computer system!

Questions about SpeeDownloader ads

SpeeDownloader collects pseudonymous information[5] about the user, including user’s search queries, browsing history data, hardware information, geolocation of the computer and similar data. Obviously, such data reveals what websites do you visit and what do you search for; therefore it becomes easy to understand what kind of content captures user’s attention and makes one interact with it. Beware that ads by SpeeDownloader can be designed to look attractive just to lure you into clicking them, and after doing so, you might be forced to experience a redirect to a shady third-party website that you would normally never want to visit. For this reason, we suggest you remove SpeeDownloader adware – the sooner, the better. You can use ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner software for that.

Best ways to protect your PC from adware and other PUPs

If you want to use a computer that is free of spyware-type applications such as adware or browser hijackers, you need to learn how such programs spread and how can you prevent occurrences such as SpeeDownloader hijack from happening. The most important thing that you should be aware of is that the most efficient software distribution technique involves a trick that helps to push unknown and unwanted programs into target systems without user’s knowledge, although with his/hers agreement. Wondering how is this even possible? Let us explain to you. Potentially unwanted programs are often wrapped together with freeware and shareware, but statements exposing their presence are hidden behind Default and Standard installation settings, and since the majority of computer users tend to rely on these auto-suggested installation settings, they also unknowingly provide permission to install all bundled programs. To reject unwanted additions, use Custom or Advanced settings for software installations and deselect all additional components manually.

How to remove SpeeDownloader?

If you tried to remove SpeeDownloader virus, but you didn’t manage to find all of its components, you should carefully study instructions given below this post, and carry them out step by step. This way, you will eliminate this questionable program without stress. For the best results, we recommend running a system scan with anti-malware software afterward to ensure that SpeeDownloader removal was completed successfully.

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To remove SpeeDownloader ads, follow these steps:

Erase SpeeDownloader from Windows systems

First of all, uninstall SpeeDownloader via Control Panel. Make sure you uninstall every program that raises even the slightest suspicion to you. Clear browser shortcuts using the example given below and then fix each web browser using instructions prepared for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, and Safari users.

To remove SpeeDownloader from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to SpeeDownloader (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of SpeeDownloader from Mac OS X system

Although it is unlikely that SpeeDownloader targets Mac users, we provide these instructions just in case this pesky adware gets improved. Look for SpeeDownloader in the Applications folder and remove it from there by dragging SpeeDownloader shortcut to Trash.

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

Remove SpeeDownloader from Applications folder:

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

Delete SpeeDownloader 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 SpeeDownloader 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,
  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 SpeeDownloader removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove SpeeDownloader ads 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 SpeeDownloader-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

Eliminate SpeeDownloader from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In Firefox, find and eliminate SpeeDownloader extension.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to SpeeDownloader and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case SpeeDownloader did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete SpeeDownloader removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall SpeeDownloader from Google Chrome

Delete SpeeDownloader extension from Chrome.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to SpeeDownloader by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the SpeeDownloader-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete SpeeDownloader removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase SpeeDownloader from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to SpeeDownloader and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

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

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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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  1. sam says:
    April 6th, 2017 at 7:52 am

    SpeeDownloader is an utter nonsense! Dont use this download manager! It is very hard to remove it, too…

  2. Justin says:
    April 6th, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I still cannot find out how did speedownloader manage to hijack my computer. I havent installed anything lately.

  3. Let go says:
    April 6th, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for providing such useful information. I deleted SpeeDownloader a few minutes ago 🙂

  4. mesha says:
    April 6th, 2017 at 7:54 am

    what an annoying program. can someone tell me why someone needs download managers? i find them useless, anyway. This virus dared to sneak into my computer system without telling me about it. I am angry!

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