- Computers & Software
PC Speed Test (malware)
Speed Test Malware description
I recently had a customer with some new malware. It showed itself in Internet Explorer as "PC Speed Test" in the bottom left corner. When I searched for a topic and then clicked on the link, the expected web page would come up and then the speed test a few moments later. It acted like it was scanning files and gave two options: "No thanx" and "Fix it now". I right clicked on the box and found it was simply an Adobe flash ad. It even had an small "x" located in the upper right corner. I never clicked anywhere on the ad.
The customer also complained that when she would click on some links to go to certain websites, she would be redirected to a different site than she had intended.
I looked through the startup items and could not find any malware listed. For the more technically oriented, I searched for DNS redirectors in the network settings and in Internet Explorer's LAN settings to no avail. I finally downloaded Combofix from Bleepingcomputer.com (Google "download combofix" to find it) and ran it. It removed the malware - no more fake speed test. I will warn that I had to turn off the antivirus temporarily while Combofix ran and turned it back on afterwards.
I wrote this hub because I had never seen it before and there was nothing in any search I made about it. It was very well crafted in that searching for PC Speed Test already has many other high ranking web pages that something like this hub may never even be seen. Still, I hope this may help someone.
While we do not know how it got in her system, we suspect that the old version of Java she had may have been the culprit for allowing in the malware. The customer was tired of being infected and asked me to remove Java. If Java is not needed, I highly recommend removing it to protect your system.