I downloaded some free software to “accelerate downloads” called “Download Accelerate Plus”. It kind of works, but I uninstalled it as it was causing problems on my machine (Control Panel->Uninstall a program). I now mostly do downloads on Firefox because I found this to be a better solution.
You’d think that’d Speedbit would be gone, but no, my browser homepage on both Firefox and Chrome resets itself to “go.speedbit.com/?pid=s” anytime the machine is restarted. It also sets the default search engine on both browsers to speedbit. This seems to have got worse, presumably because this nasty bit of software automatically updates itself.
It’s incredibly annoying because I start the browser to do some work, and then have extra unnecessary steps to reset it back to google.co.uk my normal search engine. This becomes old very fast. In fact they’ve annoyed me enough to spend a few hours putting this how-to together.
Doing some digging using Start->Run->msconfig tool I discover speedbit isn’t uninstalled like I thought it was. They’ve installed service called “Speedbit Update” which sits there and updates itself and F***s around with my browsers. Really it’s verging on a virus.
So how to get rid of this annoyance ? Well these are the steps I took to irradiate this nuisance.
- First step is to stop and delete the service. This must be done as administrator. So Start->All Program->Accessories->Right Click on “Command Prompt”, then select “Run As Administrator” from the pop-up menu. This will bring up a command prompt window that’s running as the Administrator user and has the privileges necessary to run the commands. Which are (see screenshot) :
- That’s the first step. We also need to remove the entries that start the service when the machine starts up from the registry. Experienced users can probably do this with regedit. I chose to use ccleaner, which is free, I’ve used before and I trust the developers. Download here – http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
- So install ccleaner. Then in ccleaner, go to Tools->Startup->Scheduled tasks. There are two entries for speedbit. DELETE both of them, like so :
(I’ve reddacted a couple of entries for my own prviacy)
- Once you’ve done that you’ll need to restart your machine.
- Once you’ve restarted – use the Start->Run->msconfig config tool to confirm that Speedbit is no longer a startup service.
- You can double check this in Services Start->Computer->Right click and on the menu select “Manage”, then navigate to Services and Applications->Services. Check the Speedbit service isn’t there.
- For completeness you’ll need to delete the Speedbit program files in C:\Program Files\Common Files\SpeedBit\SBUpdate … Start->Run->”C:\Program Files\Common Files\”, then delete the directory and empty it from your recycle bin.
- For info on how to set your browsers back to how you like them see this page – http://www.techsupportall.com/remove-home-speedbit-com-removal-help/
Good luck, and hopefully you’ll now be enjoying a happy Speedbit free life.
Resources & Sources
How to Delete a Windows Service in Windows 7, Vista or XP – http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-delete-a-windows-service-in-vista-or-xp/
Preventing programs from automatically loading – http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000198.htm
ccleaner download – http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
Virus graphic – www.wallsgeneration.ru