Do you know what Internet Speed Pilot Extension is?
Internet Speed Pilot Extension is a potentially risky tool that may emerge in two of your major browsers, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. This questionable browser extension modifies your browser settings to set its search engine website as your home page, new tab, and default search engine. This means constant exposure to possibly unreliable third-party web content. Unfortunately, it is quite possible that you did not install this application on purpose but, instead, as a part of a software package which may have contained malicious software installers as well. In other words, it is quite likely that this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is not the only one to worry about; in fact, there could be real threats hiding on your system. This PUP comes from a family that has given birth to dozens of similar and identical extensions, such as MyNewsWire Extension, which all promote questionable search engines. If you want to protect your PC, we suggest that you remove Internet Speed Pilot Extension from your computer. For the details, please continue reading our report.
Although it is not very likely that you would install such a useless and potentially harmful application on purpose, you can find this extension in the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/internet-speed-pilot/dadnfmoeipnlmdlfoioabgopkajneldh. Please be aware that this store may host a number of questionable applications since they are only filtered out and blocked once users report them as potential threats and thus they get reviewed by Google. Apart from this store, there is an official page as well, internetspeedpilot.com. This is the usual professional-looking page that can strike you like you are dealing with a useful product. When you click on the "Click to Install" button, a pop-up window comes up with the permissions you should give to this extension if you want to use it. Unfortunately, this pop-up is ignored by most inexperienced computer users and is regarded as useless information. In any case, before installing any new free application, we recommend that you run a web search to find out more about it so that you can make sure that malware hunter communities have not written articles on how and why you should remove it.
The more worrisome problem comes into the picture when you understand that this PUP could be spread in freeware bundles as well. This means that it may come on board without your noticing it and followed by several malicious threats as well, possibly including adware programs, browser hijackers, fake alerts, Trojans, and more. You can infect your computer with such a package when you click on corrupt third-party advertisements or infected links. This is possible when your PC is infected with adware programs or browser hijackers, but you can also be exposed to such ads when you land on questionable websites filled with third-party ads. These sites can be associated with online casinos, gaming, gambling, porn, and file sharing (freeware and torrent). If you want to download a program or update, you should always do it from official and reputable sites that you check out beforehand to be on the safe side. As you can see, it is quite easy to infect your system with a number of threats in one go. Therefore, we also suggest that you run a decent malware scanner to find out about the threat level on your PC. But as the first step, you could delete Internet Speed Pilot Extension from your browsers.
You may think that it is great to have a tool in your browsers at the ready to check your Internet speed anytime with the click of a button. However, this tool may just put your virtual security at risk with the content it may show you. This PUP sets Search.internetspeedpilot.com, a questionable search engine page, as your home page, new tab, and default search engine. So every time you open your affected browsers or open a new tab, this page comes up, and you also use this search engine for your default searches. Although you can find a few quick links to Internet speed boosting pages, a number of thumbnail links to popular sites, an Internet speed testing panel at the bottom that can be hidden and shown as you wish, the worst part is definitely the search engine itself.
This search engine forwards all your queries to its own web server and then redirect them to an authentic-looking Yahoo search results page. The problem is that these results may be manipulated to contain promoted website links and third-party advertisements. Since the third parties may not all be reliable, it is possible that you encounter links and ads promoted by cyber criminals. Obviously, if you happen to click on one of those, you may infect your system with more threats or end up on a scamming website. We do not think that you would want to experience any of these. So even if this PUP does not mean direct and big danger, we recommend that you remove Internet Speed Pilot Extension.
It seems that this browser extension can only affect two of your major browsers. Therefore, it is enough if you remove this tool through your settings. If you wonder how to do that manually, you can use our instructions below. When you find one single potential threat on your system, you should be cautious because there is a good chance that you will find more threats hiding. It is possible that you do not have the skills to detect all possible threat sources manually. Therefore we suggest that you download and install a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. But it also pays to become a more caring and cautious web surfer if you want to avoid future attacks.
Remove Internet Speed Pilot Extension from your browsers
- Tap Alt+F to access the menu.
- Select More tools and then, Extensions.
- Find the extension and click on the trash can.
- In the confirmation window, click Remove.
- Tap Alt+Tand choose Add-ons.
- Find the extension and clickRemove.
In non-techie terms:
Internet Speed Pilot Extension is a potentially unwanted program that provides you with a featured search engine website that can affect your Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. This extension offers you Internet speed testing tools and information on how you can improve your speed if you are not satisfied. But the worst part of this story is the search engine it uses. This questionable search engine may display manipulated search results to you on reliable-looking Yahoo search results pages. If you do not want to drop malware infections onto your system or end up being scammed on malicious websites, you should remove Internet Speed Pilot Extension from your browsers. If such an undesirable application managed to sneak onto your system, it is possible that your protection is not good enough. Therefore, we suggest that you start using a professional anti-malware program that can automatically defend your PC from all known malicious threats and more.