If your Google Chrome new tab is always redirected to Lightning SpeeDdial, your Chrome has been hijacked by Lightning SpeedDial extension. The article is aimed at providing those who stuck with Lightning SpeedDial new tab with an effective removal guide.
First let’s take a closer look at what is Lightning SpeedDial.
What is Lightning SpeedDial?
Lightning SpeedDial is a Google Chrome extension based on HTML 5. Unlike Awesomehp and Sweet Page, Lightning SpeedDial extension only changes your default or custom new tab to its own site Lightning SpeedDial. The implication is that it will rearrange and alter your browser experience.
Is Lightning SpeedDial Safe?
Actually, Lightning SpeedDial is classified as potentially unwanted program, PUP for short, which may end up being useless and give you troubles.
Basically, Lightning SpeedDial arbitrarily modifies your Chrome new tab and forces you to use it to surf the internet. At first, you know nothing about it. However, you might gradually adapt to it and even rely on it. It displays a home page seem to offer you quick and easy way to search websites, games and available discounts online. But you ought to know all resources come from Lightning SpeedDial is not as reliable as those from Google itself.
No guarantee of authority, Lightning SpeedDial will access your data on all websites, read and modify your bookmark and browser history, access your tabs and browsing activity, manage your apps, extensions and themes.
On the one hand, by collecting your privacy information it knows your browsing habit and preferences; on the other hand, it injects relevant ads and coupons on your webpage attempting to tempt you to purchase something. In additional, Lightning SpeedDial extension is able to move up ranking of certain website in the search result. Both these service can bring great revenue to Lightning SpeedDial.
Here comes another unsafe factor of Lightning SpeedDial. It installs on your PC without your knowledge and permission. Using the deception-bundling, Lightning SpeedDial is packaged with various free or share program from the internet to sneak into computer successfully. So you’d better read its End User License Agreement carefully to know what it is you’re going to install. Even if you have to install necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.
To be sure, Lightning SpeedDial is not a totally safe program. It is just a PUP. It’s highly recommended to remove it from your PC. Google Chrome itself can completely satisfy your browsing demanding.
How to Remove Lightning SpeedDial New Tab?
Three steps for removal of Lightning SpeedDial New Tab
- Step 1 Uninstall Lightning SpeedDial and other PUP from computer
- Step 2 Eliminate Lightning SpeedDial browser extension from Google Chrome
- Step 3 Clean up leftovers of Lightning SpeedDial and optimize your PC
- (Optional) Web guard with antivirus software
Tips for surfing safely
Step 1 Uninstall Lightning SpeedDial and other PUP from computer
For Windows XP: Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for Lightning SpeedDial, and any dubious program, select them and click Remove.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>look for Lightning SpeedDial, and any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for Lightning SpeedDial, and any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
Note: it very likely that you can find nothing dubious in control panel. For this case, please skip to remove Lightning SpeedDial extension from Google Chrome directly.
Step 2 Eliminate Lightning SpeedDial browser extension from all of browsers
Because plugins related to Lightning SpeedDial will not disappear with the removal of Lightning SpeedDial and other viruses, you must remove them get rid of popups from Lightning SpeedDial and keep the security of your personal information.
Locate Lightning SpeedDial extension and then remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
Of course, we can not ensure that whether Lightning SpeedDial extension hijacks the rest of your browsers including IE and Firefox. So we strongly recommend you use Slim Toolbar to detect all unwanted extension, toolbar on your browsers and then get them entirely, just in case.
Slim Toolbar (a pro tool contained in PC optimizing software Cloud System Booster that we recommend for you to clean up junk files and optimize computer in step 4) specializes in detecting and removing malicious and negative toolbar, add-on, extension, plugin and browser help object in major browsers.
Removal process demonstration:
1. Purchase the Cloud System Booster: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php and install it according its navigation.
Run it→click the arrow at the lower right corner→click Slim Toolbar
Remove Lightning SpeedDial add-on from your browser like what the similar picture shows below.
Step 3 Clean up leftovers of Lightning SpeedDial and optimize your PC
The residual junk files, error and invalid registry entries of Lightning SpeedDial and other viruses, which are not malicious but slow down your PC speed must be clean up. Because the excess leftovers will crash down your running program easily and do harmful to your PC. Here the system maintenance and optimization tool Cloud System Booster is recommended.
Download link of Cloud System Booster: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
2. After you install the program, please open it, click on Quick Clear button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.
3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clear button there to remove these junk files, invalid registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.
Note: Because some users had thier computers been infected with Myappstash.com browser hijacker via malicious websites. In order to reduce the chance that the adware gets onto PC again when you visit malicious sites in your browsing history by accident, please follow us to clean up you browser cookies.
Back to Could System Booster Homepage→click Disk Cleaner→scroll over and opt for Internet Explorer Cookies, Firefox Cookies and Google Chrome Cookies→Click Start Clean to remove them.
Except this system cleaning, please clean up junk files and other system junk regularly to keep your PC in a healthy state.
How to Be Safe Online
( to avoid being infected with Lightning SpeedDial and virus infections in the future)
To ensure be safe online in the further, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware, toolbar and PUPs.
1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking.
To avoid the harassment of various pop-ups, ads, malicious and/or hijacked websites as well as phishing websites, you have to install a legitimate software for 24-hours protection. Here we recommended you a free blocker Anvi AD Blocker to keep you surf safe online.
Download link http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html.
Because this free version is only vaild for 15 days, if you want to get a long-time online protection, you have to purchase its pro version in this link http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php
After install the software according to instructrons, please start it and click “ON” button to keep it running. Then close it to allow it works in the background to give you a real-time protection.
for detailed instruction, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker
Besides, if you decide to block a website forever and allow Anvi AD Blocker to block it automatically for you without a notification, please do this according what the picture shows to achieve it.
As Anvi AD Blocker is a free small tool offered by Anvi Smart Defender, so it is avalible for you to install it by downloading Anvi Smart Defender in the Web guard with antivirus software for removing viruses hiding in your PC.
2. Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.
3. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.
4. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.
5. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.
Web guard with antivirus software
Anvi Smart Defender is a antivirus software specializing in detecting and removing various virus, malware, trojan and PUP, etc. At the same time, its real-time web guard is powerful.
Just click Guard button after you run it (download link: http://dotfab.com/download_asd.html), and then click “off” button to start its 24 hours web guard.
Because its feature “Guard” is pro, so you have to purchase it: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php.
Be safe online! For any question, please leave it below. We will solve it for you as soon as possible.