You do not need an application or an extension to test the speeds of your Internet bandwidth. However, extensions like SpeedTest3 exist, and some people are fooled into downloading them. Instead of trusting free speed-testing services that are available online, these people download add-ons or software hoping that it will somehow offer a superior service. In many cases, such software comes bundled with more attractive programs, and people just download it without suspecting a threat. Unfortunately, while some programs are harmless, others can be intrusive, annoying, and, worst of all, malicious. In this report, we show how to delete SpeedTest3 because we believe that this extension is intrusive and unreliable. Keeping it installed could jeopardize your virtual security, and so the best thing you can do is remove it immediately.
At the time of research, SpeedTest3 could be downloaded onto Chrome and Firefox browsers only, which is what the removal guide below reflects. If you find that you need to get rid of this advertising-supported program – or “adware” – from a different browser, you should leave us a comment below. As we mentioned already, there is a chance that you might have downloaded SpeedTest3 using a bundled installer. If that has happened, install a malware scanner and examine your operating system right away because you do not want to overlook serious threats. If you did not use a third-party installer, you must have downloaded the extension from speedtest3.com or the Chrome web store (the installer can be found at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/speedtest3-ads/gfpioeglfjecbkeeomdidlndcagpbmjf). Even if it is the only unwanted program on your computer, you should not waste any time to initiate removal. Unfortunately, the app looks completely harmless, and since it does show Internet speeds, Chrome and Firefox users might choose to trust it. Of course, if you keep it around, you should start seeing “Ads by Speedtest3,” and that is not a good sign.
If you want to test your speeds, find a trustworthy online tester. Do not use a suspicious application or add-on that can track your virtual activity, share information about you with undisclosed parties, as well as show ads that might be useless and even misleading. We suggest that you remove SpeedTest3 from your operating system if it is installed on your Chrome or Firefox web browser. You can use the instructions below to eliminate this adware manually, but you can also use anti-malware software. If you do not see a point in using it, you need to look at the big picture. Is your operating system secured? Are you able to protect it against adware and more dangerous malware? Can you erase all existing threats? The right anti-malware tool will inspect your operating system, delete every single malicious file, and it will also guarantee full protection, which is the most important thing.
N.B. If you follow the guides below, we suggest clearing the browsing data too to eliminate any persistent cookies that might be used by adware to track you.