- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If your web browser’s homepage was changed to Search.internetspeedpilot.com without your knowledge, then you should know that your PC was infected with a browser hijacker. Indeed, this search engine is not a search engine at all as its main purpose is to replace your browser’s homepage to force you to use it instead of your regular search engine. Without a doubt, Search.internetspeedpilot.com deserves to be removed especially since its search results can contain links to questionable websites that can pose a threat to your PC. In this article, we will discuss this hijacker’s distribution, features, threats to security, information collection, and so on. So without further ado, let us begin.
Search.internetspeedpilot.com is a browser hijacker that was recently released by the infamous SaferBrowser. This developer is also responsible for releasing other hijackers such as Search.searchglnn.com, Search.searchfcs.com, and Search.gomaps.co. This developer has been around for some time now and is not going away anytime soon. There is no doubt that SaferBrowser is in the web monetization business and its hijackers serve as vessels for carrying its advertisements.
Our research has shown that this new browser hijacker has a dedicated distribution website at Internetspeedpilot.com that hosts the browser add-on that comes with this hijacker. This add-on is named Speedtest in Mozilla Firefox, Internet Speed Pilot in Google Chrome, and InternetSpeedPilot in Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, in Internet Explorer, it does not show up as an extension in the Add-ons menu. At any rate, if you download this extension from Internetspeedpilot.com then the setup will ask you whether you want to set Search.internetspeedpilot.com as your browser’s homepage (and new tab page in the case of Mozilla Firefox) and you can decline the offer to install it. The extension alone features nothing as its only purpose is to distribute this hijacker. However, the reason we have classified this allegedly safe search engine as a browser hijacker is the fact that the add-on it comes with is also distributed through bundled software installers that are designed to install it on your browser without your knowledge or consent.
If you make the decision to use this hijacker as a search engine, then you can use it as such. However, you should know that it redirects all search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine that processes them and presents you with modified search results. The search results are bound to feature promotional links as Search.internetspeedpilot.com is all about clandestine advertising. However, not only is the promotional campaign misleading but might prove to be a threat to your computer’s security. Indeed, this fake search engine is promoted links can redirect you to unknown websites that can compromise your computer’s security.
Another aspect we want to cover is the fact that this browser hijacker is configured to collect information about you. The collected information can be used for various purposes, but in this particular case, it will not be used to improve any service because there is no service to speak of. For example, Search.internetspeedpilot.com will automatically collect information such as your IP address, approximate geographical location, browser type, operating system type, browsing history, entered search queries, and so on. While this information is of anonymous nature, you should not allow shady entities to get a hold of it and keep tabs on what you are searching the web for.
Search.internetspeedpilot.com is a clear-cut case of a browser hijacker. Our research has revealed that malicious software bundles are used to distribute it and once its accompanying browser add-on is on your PC, it will replace your browser’s homepage address. Not only that but it will also subject you to questionable promotional links if you use it, as well as collect information about you to make more money. Therefore, we suggest that you make use of the guide below and remove this hijacker for good.
Remove InternetSpeedPilot from Internet Explorer
Remove Search.internetspeedpilot.com from other browsers