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How to remove Speed Dial (Virus Removal Guide)

Speed Dial is recognized as a potentially malicious browser extension in the browser hijacker family of computer infections. The primary objective of the Speed Dial extension is to modify existing internet browser settings including the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine. Once the settings have been modified the Speed Dial extension utilizes the web to intercept what a user searches for.

Speed Dial

When a search is performed in the address bar the browser will first redirect to the interceptor website and then forward the search to a proper search engine such as search.yahoo.com where search results are displayed. This is typically an operation by browser extensions and websites to track what a user searches for online.

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The extension has permission to read browsing history, allow several websites to control browser settings, and change search settings to any site it wants. Furthermore, the extension can collect browser history and collect user data in incognito mode.

These are symptoms you may experience when the Speed Dial extension is installed:

  • Pop-up advertisements
  • Pop-up notifications
  • Hijacked homepage
  • Hijacked search engine
  • Hijacked new tab page
  • Constant browser redirects
  • Other suspicious browser extensions installed
  • Other suspicious software installed
  • Slower browser performance
  • Slow and sluggish PC

The Speed Dial extension and other extensions similar to it including Heyweb, Genius APP, and Power App utilize unethical, deceptive, and aggressive advertising methods, including malicious advertising networks, in order to get onto a browser. Webpages and advertisements promoting the extension will attempt to force users to install them, or at least make it confusing, by continuously showing error messages.

The use of malicious advertising networks by the extension also means that it may bundle with or be advertised alongside third-party malware, adware, browser hijackers, spyware, ransomware, potentially unwanted programs, and other threats. Third-party threats provide even greater security and privacy risks. It is recommended to scan your computer immediately to remove such threats.


How to remove Speed Dial

Like most browser extensions, the Speed Dial browser extension can be manually removed through browser settings. However, removing the browser extension through browser settings will not remove malware, adware, spyware, viruses, and other threats from an infected computer. To remove malware and other threats from an infected computer, we recommend scanning a computer with reputable security software that is known to detect and remove malware and other threats. Follow the guide below to completely remove Speed Dial and malware from any computer.

How to remove the Speed Dial extension

How to remove malware

How to remove tracking files and repair Windows registry


How to remove the Speed Dial extension

Follow the instructions to remove the Speed Dial extension from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Google Chrome

1. Open the menu and go to More tools > Extensions

2. Click the Remove button

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the menu and go to Add-ons

2. Click the Remove button


How to remove malware

Follow the instructions to remove malware, adware, browser hijackers, spyware, ransomware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). The security software recommended in this removal guide is free to use. However, we recommend registering the software to secure your computing device and stop infections before they happen.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, click the Scan Now button to begin scanning the computer.

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3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine Selected button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

4. Reboot the computer.

5. Once the computer is rebooted, download and install HitmanPro or HitmanPro.Alert to perform a second-opinion scan and remove the remaining malware (if applicable). To download the executable file, fill out the information on their website (name and email address) and click submit.

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6. Once HitmanPro is installed, click the Next button to begin scanning the computer.

7. When the scan is complete, click the Next button to remove all threats detected by HitmanPro.


How to remove tracking files and repair Windows registry

Follow the instructions to remove tracking files, remove browsing data, and repair the Windows registry.

1. Download and install CCleaner Free or CCleaner Professional.

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2. Once CCleaner is installed, go to the Easy Clean tab.

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3. Click the Analyze button to find trackers and junk files that CCleaner can remove.

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4. When the analysis is complete, click the Clean All button.

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5. Next, go to the Registry tab and click the Scan for Issues button.

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6. When the scan is complete, click the Fix selected Issues… button.

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7. As a precaution, click Yes to back up the registry before making changes to it and save the Reg File (.reg) file to your computer.

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8. Click the Fix All Selected Issues button and then click Close once all problems have been removed.

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