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Remove Speedtestace.co (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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

Speedtestace.co is a potentially unwanted application that collects a variety of information about users and shares it with its partners

Speedtestace.co
Speedtestace.co is a potentially unwanted program that changes your web browser settings in order to direct you to affiliated websites

Speedtestace.co, also known as Speed Test Ace, is a browser hijacker that modifies the settings of Google Chrome or another browser and sets the https://www.speedtestace.co/homepage/homepage.html?id= as the homepage, as well as new tab URL. Additionally, a customized search engine is appended, which redirects all the searches to Yahoo, and fills them with sponsored links directing users to affiliated sites.

Speedtestace.co functionality might seem quite attractive for some, as it allows them to test the internet speed whenever they want. However, the app is considered to be a potentially unwanted program that heavily modifies the installed browsers to deliver ads, and collects a variety of personal and anonymous information about its users. In other words, if you do not like intrusive ads and being tracked every step you take on the internet, you better remove Speedtestace.co from your browsers as soon as possible.

Name  Speedtestace.co
Type Potentially unwanted program, browser hijacker 
Associated app  Speed Test Ace 
Installation  Third-party sites, Google Web Store, official website 
Developer HyperConnectMedia
Potential risks  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, personal information disclosure to unknown parties 
Symptoms 
  • A browser extension or add-on Speed Test Ace added to all applicable web browsers
  • Homepage and new tab address set to https://www.speedtestace.co
  • Unwanted advertisements show up on sites that the infected users common visit
  • Search results are redirected to http://search.yahoo.com
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs with the help of our instructions below
System fix If you are experiencing any OS problems after you delete potentially unwanted programs or malware, we suggest you use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix virus damage

While users might download Speed Test Ace from its official website or the Google Web Store, it can also slip in during the installation of freeware or shareware apps downloaded from third-party sites. Suchlike installers are often filled with optional components that are often deliberately hidden from users' sight, so they often miss the infiltration of PUPs. However, as soon as they open the web browser, they will see that Speedtestace.co is now their homepage.

Browser hijackers like Speedtestace.co are initially not considered to be malicious or even dangerous, although users should be aware that potentially unwanted programs serve as an inconvenience at least. The main goal of developers is to expose them to pop-ups, flashing windows, in-text links, auto-play videos, and other types of ads for monetization purposes. Each click, even an accidental one, generates Speed Test Ace authors money.

For an effective way to monetize, Speedtestace.co also users targeted advertising.[1] The only way to target users with particular ads, however, is to gather information about them, and Speed Test Ace collects a lot of it with the help of such technologies like web beacons, flash cookies,[2] unique identifiers, etc. If you read Privacy Police on their official website, it becomes clear that the app is terrible when it comes to privacy, as it gathers both anonymous and personal data.

Speedtestace.co browser hijacker
Speedtestace.co is a browser hijacker that, once installed, applies the browser extension to all the installed web browsers

To make matters worse, Speedtestace.co also shares this information with affiliates and even third-parties:[3]

We may share your information, including your Personal Information, with our Commercial Partners in furtherance of our provision of Services to you, including our services, advertising, and content partners (collectively, “Commercial Partners”) or allow those Commercial Partners to gather information directly from you.
Your Personal Information may also be shared with third parties in other circumstances, including without limitation, as follows: <…>

Therefore, if you want to keep your searchers private and avoid the ads that would plague your browsers each time you launch them, we advise you to proceed with Speedtestace.co removal as soon as possible. Doing so should not be difficult (we provide the detailed guide below), although it is also important to note that you should reset all the installed browsers or stop the Speedtestace.co notifications via browser settings if you enabled them. If your machine is working slowly or you are receiving errors, we suggest scanning it with a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Beware of bundled software packages, as PUPs may be installed on your system without you noticing

Software bundling is a marketing technique that has been around for many years now – it allows third-party application developers to propagate their software deceptively. The main reason why this technique works is because of users' carelessness, as they rarely pay attention to the installation process of the freeware.

Software bundling is still a viable PUP distribution method because many still resort to downloading applications from sites like Softonic.com. These third-party sites often employ deception and promotional campaigns in order to make you install software that does not always meet your expectations or, worse – exposes you to intrusive ads and tacks all your web browsing activities. Therefore, before downloading apps from third-parties, rather opt for official sources like Microsoft Store, App Store, or Google Play  – these stores got millions of apps in stock, so there is no need to rely on sites that employ software bundle packages.

Nevertheless, if you choose to download apps from these third parties, you should pay attention to the following:

  • Read the comments and online reviews about the app before downloading it;
  • Check if the program provides important documents like Privacy Policy and EULA;
  • During the installation, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings;
  • Read the instructions provided on each step carefully – you might miss important information;
  • Decline all offers/deals that are suggested to you;
  • Watch out for tricks that might make you miss and optional program: pre-ticked boxes, misplaced buttons, fine print text, etc.

Get rid of Speedtestace.co homepage by uninstalling Speed Test Ace

To remove Speedtestace.co from your homepage and new tab, you will have to eliminate the potentially unwanted program Speed Test Ace or/and the browser extension from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or another browser. If you enabled the Speedtestace.co notifications upon entering the site but did not install anything, you can get rid of unwanted ads by performing the following steps.

Google Chrome

  • Click Menu and pick Settings
  • Go to Advanced
  • Under Privacy and security, select Site Settings
  • Pick Notifications
  • You should see Speedtestace.co under the Allow section
  • Choose More Actions and click on Block

Speedtestace.co stop notifications
To stop Speedtestace.co notifications on Google Chrome, access Settings menu

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Pick Menu and then Options
  • Click on Privacy & Security section and then select Notifications
  • Go to Settings –and you should see Speedtestace.co
  • Click on the the drop-down menu and select Block
  • Finish with Save Changes

MS Edge:

  • Click on More and select Settings
  • Pick View advanced settings and then got for Advanced
  • Select Manage permissions
  • Find Speedtestace.co entry and turn off notifications

However, if you installed the add-on or/and the application, you will need to uninstall for a complete Speedtestace.co removal. Many security applications recognize the app as potentially unwanted, so a scan with one of such programs could get rid of it automatically. If you want to eliminate the PUP manually, check out our instructions below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Speedtestace.co, follow these steps:

Delete Speedtestace.co from Windows systems

To uninstall programs from Windows, you need to reach the Control Panel:

  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 Speedtestace.co and related programs
    Here, look for Speedtestace.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 Speedtestace.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.

Remove Speedtestace.co from Mac OS X system

If Speed Test Ace infected your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Speedtestace.co or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate Speedtestace.co 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 Speedtestace.co 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 Speedtestace.co removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Speedtestace.co from Microsoft Edge

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, Speedtestace.co should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Uninstall Speedtestace.co from Google Chrome

If you don't reset Google Chrome the unwanted activity might continue on your browsers (along with tracking practices):

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

Delete Speedtestace.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 Speedtestace.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 Speedtestace.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 Speedtestace.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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