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Remove TestForSpeed Toolbar (Removal Guide) - Tutorial

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

TestForSpeed Toolbar — another program causing suspicious activities behind users' back

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TestForSpeed Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] which can also be added to the browser hijacker category. Officially, it is presented as a tool helping users monitor their Internet speed. Judging by this fact only, it may seem like a great way to check services of your Internet provider. 

However, if you are one of these users who has already downloaded the app, you may have already noticed unwanted activities caused by this toolbar. Technically, TestForSpeed is not a virus, but it can initiate changes in your system settings, track your browsing activity on the Internet and cause other issues.

Once this program infiltrates on the computer, Test For Speed takes over the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers. Typically, it changes the homepage, start page and new tab URL to hxxp:// The most significant problem related to this hijacker is that you cannot recover your previous settings without resetting your web browser.

As a result, you can notice constant redirects to website that should be used with carefulness. Otherwise, after clicking on a corrupted ad, you may end up in the malicious domain. To prevent these redirects, you should remove TestForSpeed virus and avoid visiting page in the future. For the elimination, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

We should also add that this questionable application seeks personally non-identifiable data, just like hundreds of similar hijackers. Be aware that TestForSpeed collects information related to people’s Internet searches, such as:

  • Visited websites;
  • Clicked ads;
  • Watched videos;
  • Browser's version;
  • Computer's IP address and similar data.

Such information consists of private elements, such as your name or location, so we don't recommend sharing it with strangers. A vast of reports warn that this information might be misused by the developers and cause severe privacy issues.

TestForSpeed virus illustration
TestForSpeed Toolbar operates as a browser hijacker, despite the claims to improve the Internet speed of the users.

Because of all these facts, we highly recommend you to initiate TestForSpeed removal on your computer. Otherwise, you can be forced to visit every time you start your browsing sessions, and it might become not only annoying but dangerous as well.

Keep in mind that this website has already been found to rely on Mangala Trojan horse[2] which can open backdoors to infiltrate other high-risk computer infections. Thus, to remove all the threats, you should opt for automatic removal option or follow a detailed removal guide given at the end of this post.

Hijacker's distribution techniques explained

Owners of TestForSpeed have been using two separate methods to mislead their victims and reach as many users as possible. The most commonly used one is called bundling — many consumers have downloaded this toolbar accidentally because it has been hidden in various freeware as an ‘’optional component’’.

To prevent TestForSpeed hijack, you should always opt for this sequence of programs' installation:

  • Choose only reputable app providers;
  • Opt for ‘’Custom’’ or ‘’Advanced’’ installation method;
  • Read every installation step very carefully;
  • Uncheck checkmarks that allow the installation of this virus or similar toolbars/search engines/browser add-ons/extensions.

Also, developers employ strong marketing tactics to fraudulently advertise their product and increase the rate of infection. Beware that there are tens of different download sites which can inform you that this app is a very reliable tool. However, you should always read other users' reviews to know what activities are usually initiated by the program.

Ways to remove TestForSpeed Toolbar

If you were in a hurry and let this toolbar enter your computer, you should waste no time and uninstall it. For that, you have two different options.

If you are not willing to download more programs to the system, make sure you follow the step-by-step TestForSpeed removal guide which is given at the end of this article. It was created by[3] cybersecurity experts to explain the users how they can uninstall the unwanted toolbar and fix their regular browsers manually.

However, you should note that browser hijackers manage to stealthily infiltrate specific plug-ins or extensions to support their arbitrary activity. It is the reason why you are not able to reset your browser settings to the previous state.

Thus, identifying all the components of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) might be challenging and inexperienced PC users are advised to remove TestForSpeed automatically with the help of a reliable security software.

In this case, you just need to make sure they are up-to-date. Then, run a full system scan and remove infected files from your computer. 

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 TestForSpeed Toolbar, follow these steps:

Delete TestForSpeed Toolbar from Windows systems

The TestForSpeed removal guide presented below is customized for the Windows OS users. It will carefully explain how to uninstall all the components of the browser hijacker and fix your regular browser.

  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 TestForSpeed Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for TestForSpeed Toolbar 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 TestForSpeed Toolbar 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.

Remove TestForSpeed Toolbar 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 TestForSpeed Toolbar 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'

Get rid of TestForSpeed Toolbar 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 TestForSpeed Toolbar 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 TestForSpeed Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase TestForSpeed Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

To restore your Microsoft Edge settings, you should search for any suspicious extensions which you haven't installed manually and delete them.

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, TestForSpeed Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate TestForSpeed Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Mozilla Firefox browser can be brought to the regular state by removing all elements which are related to TestForSpeed Toolbar.

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

Uninstall TestForSpeed Toolbar from Google Chrome

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

Delete TestForSpeed Toolbar 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 TestForSpeed Toolbar 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 TestForSpeed Toolbar, 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 TestForSpeed Toolbar 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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