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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Shows commercial adverts

DownSpeedTest Toolbar

Have you downloaded DownSpeedTest Toolbar from downspeedtest.com or was it introduced to you bundled with malicious programs? Both of these distribution methods are very popular, but it is much better to install this suspicious toolbar from its official website. If you trust unreliable software installers, this program could be followed by irritating adware and potentially unwanted programs or malicious infections. All in all, you need to remove DownSpeedTest Toolbar ASAP, and it does not matter how it was installed. If you are surprised that you need to delete this program from your Windows operating system, we strongly recommend reading this report. You might change your mind.

If you have decided to put your trust in third-party software distributors when installing DownSpeedTest Toolbar, it is possible that this program was installed with several other programs created by Mindspark Interactive Network, including DownloadManagerTool Toolbar and SMSFromBrowser Toolbar. Even though all Mindspark programs offer different services (the links on these toolbars are assembled according to a specific theme), having them take over your screen space is usually undesirable. If you do not delete these toolbars, every single one of them might start introducing you to pop-up suggestions, and that can become extremely annoying. Fortunately, these programs are identical, if you look at the technical side of things, which means that they can be removed using the same method.

Ask Search comes bundled with DownSpeedTest Toolbar, but users are allowed to refuse search provider and home page modifications if they are not interested. If you have read somewhere that Ask Search is a browser hijacker that requires immediate removal, we can reassure you that it is a regular search tool. Of course, it does present sponsored links, which is not ideal, but, other than that, this search tool is harmless. Do you still want to remove it from your browsers? We believe you should always use the software and browser tools you can trust, and, if you do not trust DownSpeedTest Toolbar-related search tools, you need to delete them without further delay. When it comes to the toolbar itself, you must keep in mind that it can redirect you to unfamiliar third-party sites, and that is the only motive you need to delete DownSpeedTest Toolbar from your PC.

If you have installed DownSpeedTest Toolbar onto Internet Explorer, you will have to uninstall it from your Windows operating system. The instructions below show how to do that on all Windows versions, starting with Windows XP. If this toolbar was installed on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you will have to remove individual extensions. You will know how to do that if you follow the guide explaining how to remove Ask Search. Keep in mind that this guide can be adjusted to your liking, and you can choose which software to delete. You are not obliged to remove DownSpeedTest Toolbar together with Ask Search or vice versa.

If other threats have attacked your system when installing DownSpeedTest Toolbar, using automated malware removal software is essential. Install a legitimate security tool to find and delete all threats before you return to using your operating system and browsers as usual.

Removal Instructions

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Click Start on the Taskbar.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Go to Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Remove the undesirable program.

Remove from Windows Vista & Windows 7:

  1. Click the Windows logo on the Taskbar.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Right-click DownSpeedTest and select Uninstall.

Remove from Windows 8 & Windows 8.1:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+R (RUN).
  2. Enter Control Panel and click OK.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program and right-click the undesirable app.
  4. Select Uninstall to delete the program.

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch IE and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. In the Tools menu select Manage Add-ons.
  3. Go to Search Providers and select the desirable search provider.
  4. Remove the undesirable search provider. Click Close.
  5. Tap Alt+T again and select Internet options.
  6. Click the General tab on the left and move to Home Page.
  7. Delete/edit the URL, click OK, and restart the browser.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome and simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  2. In the menu on the right go to More tools and click Extensions.
  3. Click the recycle bin next to the undesirable add-on and select Remove.
  4. In the menu on the left click Settings and go to On Startup.
  5. Select Open a specific page or set of pages.
  6. Click Set pages and delete/edit the undesirable URL. Click OK.
  7. Move to Appearance and select Show Home button.
  8. Click Change and delete/edit the undesirable URL. Click OK.
  9. Navigate to the Search section and click Manage search engines…
  10. Click X on the URL of the undesirable search provider.
  11. Click Done and restart the browser.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Firefox and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Options and move to the General menu.
  3. Find the Home Page and edit/delete the URL of the undesirable option.
  4. In the menu on the left click Search.
  5. Select the preferred search tool and Remove the undesirable one.
  6. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A (launches Add-ons Manager).
  7. Go to Extensions and Remove the undesirable add-on. Restart the browser.
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