WinSpeeder - How To Remove?

 

WinSpeeder is described as a useful tool that would help you to monitor and block various malware and unwanted applications. However, WinSpeeder is listed as an adware and a PUP (potentially unwanted program) itself, because it won’t provide you with services mentioned above and instead display annoying advertisements right on your web browsers. It works as a browser add-on, that can be added to all most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Once installed, it will display various advertisements on your web browsers. Those advertisements can be shown as pop-up, pop-under, in-text or banner ads. A new tab or even a window on your web browser can be opened as well. They usually appear on e-commerce websites, such as eBay and Amazon and offer you to purchase some particular goods at an appealing price rate. However, even though those ads look really attractive, you should not click on any of them. WinSpeeder is supported by various advertisers. They pay WinSpeeder for the opportunity to advertise on their advertising network. This means if you click on one of those ads, you will be immediately redirected to some third parties websites. And it’s not a secret that those third parties often happen to be various cyber criminals, such as hacker or scammers. So if you click on one of those ads and find yourself taken to the third party website, your computer can get infected with another malware or you can even get scammed in case you attempt to purchase something there. Those ads are not only disturbing and annoying, they are malicious as well.

Another unwanted attribute of WinSpeeder is data collection. Pay a visit to their official website at http://winspeeder.info and look at their Privacy Policy:

Data Collection

i. We may collect certain information about your web usage and websites you have visited, which may be shared with third parties and used for advertising. NOTE: THE PLUGIN AND OTHER SERVICES COLLECT AND STORES INFORMATION CONCERNING THE WEB PAGES YOU VISIT AND YOUR ACTIVITY ON THOSE PAGES, SUCH AS IMPRESSIONS, CLICKS AND SEARCH TERMS. IN SOME CASES, INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE PLUGIN AND OTHER SERVICES MAY BE PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE, AND IN SOME CASES INFORMATION (INCLUDING INFORMATION FROM OR ABOUT PAGES OF SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES YOU VISIT) MAY BE USED OR SHARED WITH THIRD PARTIES FOR PURPOSES OF DISPLAYING TARGETED ADVERTISEMENTS PROMOTIONAL AND MARKETING MATERIAL TO YOU.

Data Usage

Information we collect from you may be used in any of the following ways:

i. To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs).

ii. To improve our Plugin and other Services (we continually strive to improve our application offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you).

iii. To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support your needs).

iv. To process transactions.

v. To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other Site features.

vi. To send periodic emails (the email address you provide for order processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.).

WinSpeeder

This means that your private information, such as browsing history, search queries, top visited websites, your IP and email addresses or even your geographic location will be collected and used for marketing purposes. Third parties adjust their ads according to the given data, make them more relevant and interesting to you this way, so the chances that you click on one of those ads rise. And that’s the main goal of WinSpeeder – they get paid for generating web traffic and collecting sales leads. As you can see, WinSpeeder is not a really dangerous virus but it can lead you to some more severe consequences, therefore it needs to be removed as soon as possible. It is not difficult to indicate if your computer is infected with this adware – all ads displayed by WinSpeeder are labeled with a slogan “ads by WinSpeeder” or “brought to you by WinSpeeder”.

It might be that you don’t remember installing this application. It’s because it is travelling bundled with other freeware and gets installed without you even being aware of it. So to avoid getting infected, you should avoid downloading software from websites with a questionable reputation. However, if you don’t have any other option, be really attentive during the installation. Opt out for a custom or advanced install mode and do not skip any steps (don’t just click “next” and “agree” buttons all the time). Look for various check boxes that can be already selected for you. Some of the most important information can be displayed in the tiniest font, so beware. If you see that some additional software that you are not aware of is being installed alongside – do not allow it to be completed, as it possibly can be WinSpeeder or any other malware. In case it is too late and your computer is already infected, we recommend you to use a reliable anti-malware software to solve this problem. Download Reimage, SpyHunter, StopZilla or Malwarebytes and scan your computer with it. It will detect and remove the threat automatically. If for some reasons you don’t want to download any additional software, you can remove it manually as well. Simply follow our step-by-step WinSpeeder removal guide given below.


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Manual removal of WinSpeeder

How to remove WinSpeeder using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like WinSpeeder install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to WinSpeeder .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing WinSpeeder from your browsers

  Top Remove malicious extensions from Internet Explorer

  • Press on the Gear icon→Manage Add-ons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to WinSpeeder and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Close the Options.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to WinSpeeder, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
    Reset settings
  • Select a Delete personal settingscheckbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing WinSpeeder from Chrome

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Google Chrome window. Select “Settings”.
    Open settings
  • Click “Extensions” on the left menu bar.
  • Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to WinSpeeder. Click on the trash bin icon next to WinSpeeder or other add-ons you want to remove.
    Remove extensions
  • Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.
    Remove approve
  • If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
    Disable extension
  • Restart Chrome.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to WinSpeeder, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
    Open settings
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset settings button.
    Reset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing WinSpeeder from Firefox

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything WinSpeeder related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to WinSpeeder, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • Choose Troubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove WinSpeeder from Microsoft Edge:  Top


Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, WinSpeeder should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top Removing WinSpeeder from Safari (Mac OS X)

  • Click on the Safari menu.
  • Choose Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Click on the Extensions Tab.
  • Click on the Uninstall button near the WinSpeeder. Remove all other unknown or suspicious entries too. If you are not sure whether you need the extension or not, you can simply uncheck the Enable check-box to disable the extension temporarily.
    Extensions
  • Restart Safari.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to WinSpeeder, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari.
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

     
 

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