Remove WinSpeeder (Stop Ads by WinSpeeder)

By | Posted on October 12, 2014 |

WinSpeeder is a potentially unwanted program that injects advertisements on browser’s context. To be able to accomplish this, WinSpeeder extension must get installed into the computer. Authors behind the program normally resort to pay-per-install scheme which was offered by some advertising company.

With the scheme being used to deploy copy of the adware, most users are not aware that software they are downloading may contain WinSpeeder together with a couple of potentially unwanted programs. Adware is installed in the background without asking for user’s permission.

During the presence of WinSpeeder, only sign you may observe is the display of advertisements. Still, some users are insensible to it because it may appear like part of the web page. In fact, ads by WinSpeeder are properly placed on the page. Clicking on the links from this ad block may point your browser to advertiser’s web site. If you are unlucky enough, your browser may be pointed to a malware site. Be aware that malware makers are utilizing this kind of advertising scheme to spread malicious programs.

Aside from excessive ads, browser redirect, and possible malware infection, presence of WinSpeeder can also endanger your privacy. This adware can monitor your browsing habit and records sensitive data from your machine.

It is vital to remove WinSpeeder once you see its presence on the computer. This is also the consensus of majority of security experts who have studied this malicious browser extension.

WinSpeeder

Online Security Scanner Report for winspeeder.info:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: Oct. 12, 2014
MCAfee Site Advisor Not yet rated Feedback: No Data Updated: Oct. 12, 2014
AVG Threat Labs Currently safe Ratings: No Data Updated: Oct. 12, 2014

How to Remove WinSpeeder

Step 1 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall WinSpeeder

The main cause of adware and malware presence could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.

1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list.

2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.

WinSpeeder Removal

3. Look for and remove WinSpeeder entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.

4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.

Step 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to WinSpeeder. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Step 3: Remove WinSpeeder Add-on/Extension and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted WinSpeeder from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of WinSpeeder on the affected browser.

Step 4: Reset Internet Browser to completely remove WinSpeeder

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with WinSpeeder. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from WinSpeeder. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.

2. Click on the Menu (three-bar icon) located on the upper right side corner of the browser.

3. From the pull-down menu, click on Settings.

Chrome_Settings

4. Once your are on chrome://settings/ tab, click on ‘Show advanced settings…‘ at the bottom of the window.

5. Navigate to the bottom of the page and click on Reset browser settings button.

6. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed WinSpeeder extension.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to WinSpeeder.. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tuneup. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. WinSpeeder should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by WinSpeeder and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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