Remove Speed Tracker Toolbar “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

“I wrote this article to help you remove Speed Tracker Toolbar. This Speed Tracker Toolbar removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.”

Internet Speed Tracker toolbar by MyWay is a utility which tests the upload and download speeds of Internet connections. The program can be used to analyze the properties of different Internet sources, including test cable, DSL, dialup and satellite. The Internet Speed Tracker toolbar is compatible with the Windows OS, versions 7, 8, XP, Vista and 10. The utility is available as a browser extension. You can find this tool when looking for a program to evaluate the overall quality of your Internet and keep track of its tendency to fluctuate. The Internet Speed Tracker toolbar can give you up-to-date input on your connection’s status. Although the utility is free, it tries to get something in return for its services. The verdict on the Internet Speed Tracker toolbar is that it is an adware program.

What makes the Internet Speed Tracker toolbar a risky application?

The clandestine program has an agenda. The Internet Speed Tracker toolbar has been created to raise proceeds. This goal can be achieved at the expense of the end user. The adware does not look out for users’ security. The main way for the Internet Speed Tracker toolbar to monetize its activity is through advertising. The shady program displays pop-up ads, containing shopping offers. The windows show bargain deals for a variety of consumer goods, including clothes, furniture, accessories, technological devices, games, decorative elements, household items and many others. To attract users’ attention and spark their interest, the furtive tool accents on the exclusive offers with bright color schemes, cursive fonts, flash animations and other special effects. Keep in mind that the sources for the advertisements are not guaranteed to be reliable. The Internet Speed Tracker toolbar works as a mediator. As such, it does not account for the content of third party websites. The relation agreements between developers and end users are defined on the program’s official website, free.internetspeedtracker.com. The entity behind the software, a company from Yonkers, New York called Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. does not account for security issues, related to the use of the program.

When adding the extension to their browser, users are asked to accept the end user license agreement (EULA) and privacy policy. A brief summary of the terms of service (TOS) appears when proceeding with the installation. The Internet Speed Tracker toolbar informs the user what permissions it needs to be given. Adding the extension to your browser would allow it to read and change all your data in the websites you visit, as well as your browsing history. Furthermore, the rogue tool will be authorized to manage your downloads, apps, extensions and themes. You should not allow a program to have access to your browser’s processes. With these authorizations, the adware will be able to record personal and financial details from your browser. The data the Internet Speed Tracker toolbar gathers on you can be sold on darknet markets.

How can the Internet Speed Tracker toolbar get installed to my system without my knowledge?

We can confirm that there are ways for the Internet Speed Tracker toolbar to get added to the browser unnoticed. The predominant propagation vector is bundling. The insidious program travels in merged setup files with other applications, like freeware, shareware and pirated tools. The adware is added for install with the main program as a bonus. If you wish to exclude it from the process, you have to alter the setting. The option for extra tools is listed in the terms and conditions, so make sure to read them.

The other penetration technique is spam emails. An attached file can bring the Internet Speed Tracker toolbar to your PC. The adware can be concealed behind a document or disguised as such. Spammers have become crafty in devising bogus letters. They write convincing messages and use the names and logos of legitimate entities to lead users astray. To proof the reliability of an email, check the contacts.

Speed Tracker Toolbar Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Speed Tracker Toolbar from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Speed Tracker Toolbar from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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