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Speedydialsearch.com virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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

Removing Speedydialsearch.com stops annoying browser redirects and allows changing search settings again

Speedydialsearch.com browser hijacker

Speedydialsearch.com is a search engine developed by Hopebest Inc. Media. The company actively promotes it with the help of browser hijackers bundled[1] with popular freeware. The potentially unwanted program (PUP) hijacks user’s web browser and changes one’s default search and homepage settings to hxxp://Speedydialsearch.com/.

Speedydialsearch site looks completely regular website that provides web search service. It is a simple white page with a search box and a “Search” button. At the top of the page, there are two letters – S and T. At the bottom of the page, the victim can find links to Hopebest’s Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and Contact Us page.

Although everything seems to be normal, we do not recommend using this search tool, especially if you are forced to do it. In other words, if it appeared in your browser without you touching any settings, scan your computer for potentially unwanted software. We highly recommend Reimage – this program can complete Speedydialsearch.com removal with ease.

The reason why we recommend uninstalling programs associated with this search engine and stop using it is that it was designed to generate revenue for its developers. Unfortunately, it is improbable that it will provide useful search services to you.

Most of the time, you will receive sponsored search results leading to external sites, and you won’t be able to realize whether they’re trustworthy or not until you enter them. To avoid potential Internet hazards such as drive-by-downloads[2] or phishing attacks, avoid visiting websites that seem vague to you. If you accidentally entered a site that seems suspicious, quit it immediately.

Before changing the default start page and default search provider, you must completely remove Speedydialsearch.com from your computer. If you haven’t decided whether you want to use anti-spyware software, we suggest trying to delete the hijacker manually. You can follow instructions provided down below. In case you are a German-speaking PC user who got infected with this PUP, seek for help in DieViren.de site[3].

Software bundling is the most effective way of distributing potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)

Software bundling has been known as a very efficient way of spreading spyware for years. There’s no surprise that developers of potentially unwanted programs still use it today. Although users can easily prevent installation of software bundles, they often fail to do so because they do not know how to decompose software bundles.

If you have been installing new programs using the “Next, Next, I Agree, Install, Finish” installation technique, you have been doing it all wrong. You should never rush when installing new software on the system because it is the quickest way to contaminate your PC with potentially unwanted programs.

You can prevent installation of potentially unwanted software by choosing Custom or Advanced settings for software installation. These settings reveal all programs added to the primary one and allow one to deselect the unwanted ones. Remember that Default or Standard settings typically hide the statements about extra programs and install them without notifying the computer user.

Remove Speedydialsearch.com from all web browsers

You can easily remove Speedydialsearch.com virus with the help of a tutorial we present down below. It explains how to reverse changes made by the browser hijacker and also how to eliminate software and browser extensions associated with it.

You can either finish Speedydialsearch.com removal using automatic spyware/malware removal tool or just use it to remove the browser hijacker without attempting to delete it manually at all. Choose whichever option looks best to you and start cleaning your computer right now. The fact that this hijacker managed to slip into your computer reveals that the system is not protected well enough.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Speedydialsearch.com virus, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Speedydialsearch.com from Windows systems

Uninstall Speedydialsearch-related software via Control Panel using instructions we provided.

  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 Speedydialsearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Speedydialsearch.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 Speedydialsearch.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.

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Get rid of Speedydialsearch.com from Mac OS X system

  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 Speedydialsearch.com 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'
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Uninstall Speedydialsearch.com 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 Speedydialsearch.com 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 Speedydialsearch.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Speedydialsearch.com virus 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, Speedydialsearch.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Speedydialsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Fix Firefox by removing Speedy Dial search redirect virus from the Add-ons panel. Remove suspicious link from homepage settings and refresh Firefox.

  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 Speedydialsearch.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 Speedydialsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Speedydialsearch.com from Google Chrome

If you want to remove Speedydialsearch.com virus from Chrome, you need to do the following:

  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 Speedydialsearch.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 Speedydialsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Speedydialsearch.com 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 Speedydialsearch.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 Speedydialsearch.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 Speedydialsearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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