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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Remove Ads by Speed Dial (Virus Removal Guide)

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Ads by Speed Dial are usually displayed by adware and potentially unwanted programs. These days most of us are practically glued to our computers and other devices thus it's important more than ever to protect our computer from adware and annoying ads that may promote shady products and services. And the majority of time that we are logged in, we're also online and connected to the Internet. Whether you think that we're spending too much time gazing at our screens instead of enjoying 'real life' activities, it's hard to deny that having access to the World Wide Web means having a wealth of information at our fingertips. Whether you're editing home videos, updating your social media profile, playing games, downloading movies or creating spreadsheets, with so many activities taking place in cyberspace, it's crucial that we remember to protect ourselves while we're buried knee deep in reports - or Twitter feeds!

Here's an example of ads by Speed Dial:

Plenty of us also download freeware - free software – but what you might not realize is that quite often you'll be getting more than you reckoned with with your bargain. Freeware, whether a game, music, TV show, PDF converter or any other application is synonymous with adware with the two programs often going hand in hand. You might be paying for that freebie software in other ways!

So let's say you've stumbled upon some freeware that you simply can't live without and you download and install it. You go through the normal process of okaying the download, checking the 'yes box' or agreeing to the terms of the End User License Agreement (EULA) and installing the program. If your new application also happens to be bundled with adware, then this will be installed on your computer at the same time.

The key to NOT downloading this added 'extra' is to pay more attention to the licensing agreement as EULAs, for the most part, do actually tell you that an additional program (i.e. the adware) is present. It may even go into some detail, telling you how the adware works and what you can expect from it. However, because adware developers naturally want you to install their income generating (for them!) application, they won't make it all that clear, especially when it comes to ads by Speed Dial. Who wants to be flooded by ads? I know I don't. So, wording may be ambiguous and you may come across boxes that have been pre-checked and agree to the installation of adware.

So why should you read the End User License Agreement carefully and make sure you don't install adware with your freeware? That's because the majority of adware programs have a component that, once installed on your machine, will track the websites you visit. This is so the company behind the adware can then send you advertising that is tailor made and pertinent to the websites you visit and the products and services that they offer. However, in this case, I haven't noticed that Speed Dial would be somehow more targeted based on my browsing habits. It simply displayed as much ads as possible hopping that something will catch my eye.

Even more worryingly, some adware has spyware traits and will log the keys you type to record your personal data such as passwords and online banking details. Now THAT'S scary. And what's worse is that you don't even need to be connected to the Internet for this to happen. I hope you now understand that those ads are not just annoying but also dangerous. Or at least it's a sign that your computer is infected by malware.

And THAT's why you should always set aside just a few minutes to read that End User License Agreement carefully before downloading any freeware!

To remove Speed Dial ads, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

Speed Dial Ads Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove Speed Dial related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Speed Dial
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Speed Dial related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Speed Dial, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove Speed Dial related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Speed Dial, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove Speed Dial related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.


Bob said...

I have "Ads by Speed Dial" but I dont have any unkown extention installed at Chrome and there is also no installed toolbar at the Programs in Windows.

The Ads and new tabs only appear at the Google Chrome Browser.

Is there anybody who can help me?

Rems said...

Thanks a lot for the help.
However, I have Ads by Speed dial on Chrome, but no new add-ons, no track of newly intalled program that could be Ads by Speed Dial.
I ran Ccleaner, cleaned the register.
I ran Malwarebytes, found some errors, restarted but Ads by Speed Dial is still here.

Any idea of something else that I could do?

Thanks a lot!!

Schtroll said...

the same, fu***** , impossible to delete this shit from chrome, and my OS is debian !!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information. However, I have the same problem as the previous two comments. The adds will show up even though I have no undesired, recent downloads, and I've tried a lot of things yet nothing works.

Do you know of another way?

Thank you!

El├žin Emir said...

Hello, thank you for the manual.
For those who followed every step desccribed here but find out that sticky virus again... uninstalling Chrome (save your bookmarks first) and reinstall it helped me.