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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Changes default search engine

TestForSpeed Toolbar

TestForSpeed Toolbar is a questionable browser extension that obviously claims to offer you quick links to tools that allow you to check your download and upload Internet speeds. Nevertheless, this toolbar is no novelty; in fact, we know its developer all too well. Therefore, we have classified this extension as a bad toolbar since it comes from the notorious Mindspark family of useless and potentially unreliable toolbars. If this toolbar is present in your browsers, it means that you will be exposed to potentially unsafe third-party content through the third-party services it offers, including the search tool. Keeping this extension on your computer may cause system security issues for your operating system, not to mention the possibility that it arrives with other malware infections on board. Therefore, we recommend that you remove TestForSpeed Toolbar before it is too late.

You can find the promotional website at free.testforspeed.com, which is hosted on the IP address, located in the United States. This server hosts a great number of Mindspark products, including MyTransitPlanner Toolbar, PasswordLogic Toolbar, and 100sOfRecipes Toolbar. You can directly install this tool through the website, but you should be careful when doing so. It is always important to make sure that you know exactly what you are installing and what consequences it may have. Before you could add this extension to your Google Chrome browser, for example, you are shown a pop-up window about the rights you are giving this extension by pressing the “Add extension” button. We do not think it is a good idea to grant such a useless toolbar rights like reading and changing your browsing history, for instance, since this information can easily be used to display customized third-party advertisements and links through the third-party services this bad toolbar uses.

It is also possible to find this tool in the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/testforspeed/nmlmfgdnbmpmdodlnfddhoeoepdbhkdg?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog. However, it seems that right now there is only 1 single computer user who has installed this extension through the web store. Nevertheless, we need to mention that finding an extension in the web store does not mean at all that it is a reliable or a useful tool. Unfortunately, hundreds of useless and potentially harmful extensions may be hosted in the store until, of course, they are not reported as dangerous or the store itself reviews them. It seems much more likely, however, that this extension slithers onto your computer using alternative routes.

Most malware infections use bundling as their main distribution method. This means that TestForSpeed Toolbar can also be found bundled with malicious software, including adware applications, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs, which are probably the most common infections to travel together. Most users do not realize or know that it is them who actually infect their computers, for example, by downloading and installing infected bundles. And, it usually starts with a click. Yes, a simple click on the wrong web content, on the wrong website. It is possible that you want to install new freeware because you want to try out a new tool and you “mysteriously” end up on an unfamiliar freeware website. The biggest problem with websites that you do not know, apart from the fact that they may be swarming with unsafe content, such as third-party ads, is that you do not know where you can and where you should not click on the page. It is also possible on some of the most suspicious pages that it does not even matter where you click, you will still end up with a malicious package on your computer. Therefore, it is likely that removing TestForSpeed Toolbar will only be the first step you need to take in order to secure your PC.

Once this bad toolbar enters your computer, it changes your home page and new tab page. Earlier versions of this toolbar also changed the default search engine as well and used a modified ask.com page. This new version and it seems that currently all Mindspark products also use int.search.myway.com instead. But it does not mean that this toolbar has become any safer or more reliable. As a matter of fact, Mindspark does not guarantee the reliability and safety of the third-party content you may be introduced to through its services. Therefore, there is a chance that you will be shown manipulated search results including targeted advertisements and links. Unfortunately, there is no telling if the one you click on is reliable or not. So it is a possibility that you land on a malicious website. If you want to avoid the unfortunate consequences that such a visit may result in, you should remove TestForSpeed Toolbar ASAP.

This bad toolbar has a working uninstaller, but it will not take care of all the browser changes. Therefore, we advise you to manually delete the extensions and all the changes by resetting all your browsers once you have run the uninstaller in Control Panel. This way there should be no leftovers. If you require assistance, please follow our guide below this article. But, if you want proper protection for your PC, we suggest that you consider installing a reliable antimalware program.

Remove TestForSpeed Toolbar from Windows

Windows8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+Q and type in Uninstall a program. Hit Enter.
  2. Select the application and press Uninstall.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and pick Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the application and press Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Access the Start menu and open Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the application and press Remove.

Reset your browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and pick Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox.
  3. In the confirmation window, click Refresh Firefox once more.
  4. Press Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
  3. Click Reset settings.
  4. In the confirmation window, press Reset.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and go to Internet Options.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Mark the Delete personal settings checkbox and press Reset.
  4. Click Close.
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