Internet Speed Pilot Extension installs a search website in your Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers that features Internet speed testing and more. The truth is that such a tool is totally useless for you to have because you can easily access any Internet speed testing website at the click of a button if you bookmark one. This browser extension though may put your virtual security at risk as it might show you questionable third-party content through promoted websites and manipulated search results. As a matter of fact, we have found that this tool belongs to the same potentially unwanted program (PUP) family that is responsible for the promotion of such browser hijackers as Search.searchctp.com and Search.searchlwradar.com. If you do not want to let additional threats onto your system, you should probably remove Internet Speed Pilot Extension from your affected browsers. However, this PUP could be the least of your worries since it may sneak onto your computer alongside malware infections. Please continue reading our article to find out more about this extension and why we think that you should not keep it.
You can officially install this browser extension in two ways. One, its promotional webpage, internetspeedpilot.com, and, two, the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/internet-speed-pilot/dadnfmoeipnlmdlfoioabgopkajneldh. It seems that around 8 thousand users have installed this tool so far, which cannot be considered as a high number. This application claims to offer you "faster" and improved Internet speed, by simply providing you with a speed test tool and a few third-party websites related to tips about faster net speed. Obviously, this PUP itself will not at all increase your net speed as some inexperienced computer users may be mislead by the official page. You should also be aware that finding a tool in the web store does not necessarily mean that it is reliable. In fact, there could be dozens of applications not yet reported, inspected, and blocked. Therefore, we suggest that you run a web search first every time you want to download and install new software.
The truth is that this extension may also be spread in questionable ways. It is possible, for example, that you click on a pop-up ad or an infected link, and you install this PUP unknowingly. Another and less fortunate option is that you click on unsafe third-party content that may drop a whole package of PUPs and malicious programs onto your computer. Whenever you are installing a software bundle, you need to make sure that you are aware of the full content and possible browser setting changes it may do unless you deselect these. In fact, many installers are designed so that they mislead you or make you ignore about this option. This is why most inexperienced computer users may end up with a bunch of threats on board. And, this is why we believe that you should try to stay away from shady file-sharing websites when you want to download free programs, online casinos and other gambling and gaming sites, dating, and porn-related pages. These are all infamous for littering your screen with harmful third-party ads and fake buttons. One click could be enough for you to drop a malicious "time bomb" onto your system. So when you find this PUP in your browsers, you should definitely use a reliable malware scanner to identify all the programs that may endanger your privacy, your files, and your system. But we also suggest that you delete Internet Speed Pilot Extension as soon as possible.
When you install this PUP, it sets Search.internetspeedpilot.com as your home page, new tab page, and default search provider. This search website provides you with a fake toolbar that features the usual search tool on the left, a local weather quick link to a widget page, and a few other buttons leading to Internet speed-related websites. It is important that you know that the local weather widget page may contain harmful third-party ads that could pose a threat to your security. You can also find a couple of thumbnail link leading to popular sites (e.g., Amazon and Facebook) below the main search field. This panel can be made invisible by clicking on the "Hide" link in the top-right corner. Below this panel there is yet another panel with a real-time Internet speed test tool (openspeedtest.com), which you can also hide separately. It is possible that this speed test may not even always show you the right numbers according to user reports. In any case, this is not the worst regarding this PUP.
The search engine this browser extension promotes can show you questionable results. Your search keywords are redirected to its own web server and then, to a Yahoo search results page. This is how it is possible that you may find unreliable third-party ads and the links should not all be trusted either. In fact, you can easily open multiple malicious pages if you click on the wrong ad or link. Therefore, we suggest that you never use this tool for searching the web or anything else really. In other words, we advise you to delete Internet Speed Pilot Extension from your PC.
Since we are talking about a browser extension, it is enough if you remove it using the settings of your browsers. We have included the instructions for you in case you want to eliminate this PUP manually. But cleaning your computer of all possible threats to make it secure again cannot stop at this point. What if there are a number of more serious infections on board? What if it means that every time you go online, you could be exposed to unsafe web content? We recommend that you make sure that your PC is entirely free of potential and malicious threats as well. If you lack the skills and experience to do it manually, you can always install a powerful malware removal tool, such as SpyHunter. What could be easier and more effective than automatic malware removal?