Speedtest.net

Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 14:22
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G'day all

Every now and then I get adventurous and press a button on the computer I have never used before.

Sometimes it gets me into trouble. Others get me curious.

Well this time I am really curious, but I am not game enough to go any further.

Up the top of my computer screen near the facebook icon is an icon with the word 'speedtest' next to it. It opens up to a site called 'speednet.com'.

It claims to be free and will get rid of duplicate files and unused files etc.

Now being on the road I need the computer to be trouble free. So.

Has anyone tried this icon or has it attached itself to my PC without me knowing?
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 15:08

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 15:08
Hi BooBoo

It may have downloaded with something else you have acquired. I have no knowledge of the product you mention.

I use Auslogics Duplicate File Finder which is free and I have cleaned up my duplicate files on numerous occasions.

If you do not want it, right click the mouse button with the arrow on the speednet icon. Then in that little window scroll down and click on delete. Then it should be gone.

Hope that helps.

Cheers
DW
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 15:45

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 15:45
Well DW

I tried that, but it appears to be part of the toolbar and I can,t delte it.

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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 17:06

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 17:06
Boo Boo - I'm not sure that you've got your website addresses correct. Speednet. com is an ISP in America, providing Internet access to many areas of the U.S. that do not have a landline.

There is an Internet download speed test site called Speedtest.net. This is a legit site.

If you're having doubts, you can check two ways. I don't know what browser your using - but if you type, "how to check on recent downloads?" into Google search menu, you'll get advice on how to check what programs you've downloaded recently.

The second thing you can do, is highlight and copy the address bar of any website you're suspicious of, and paste that website into Google followed by "scam".
If there's any doubt about the site, you'll usually find out via the Google results.
People will post warnings on forums, and Google may even have the site marked as "this site may harm your computer".

There are numerous "assistance" programs linked to browsers and even Google. These are usually affiliated companies who have a service to sell, and they often want to sell you something that you may or may not need.

Be aware that there are a number of semi-legit sites that are usually based in Russia, and run by scammers. The most (in)famous of these is WinSpy (or Win-Spy), a Russian site that promises to remove malware from your computer.

However, as soon as you download WinSpy (which costs you), all it does is download malware, and then you have to supposedly pay Winspy MORE MONEY to remove the malware! Of course, you pay more money, and the malware still stays there!

WinSpy & Win-Spy are legit businesses in Russia, but they are blatant scammers. No-one can touch them, because they operate with impunity within Russian laws.
So, before you download anything, always check that the site is trustworthy, and backed by major players with well-known and trusted names.

Cheers - Ron.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 18:32

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 18:32
G'day Ron

Yep,,,, I got the address right in my heading then stuffed it up in the rest of the thread.

It is speedtest.net that I have in the toolbar.

Probably is ok to use.

What the hell, my sons a computer expert he can fix it if it goes belly up.

I haven't rung him about this because I try to look as though I know what I,m doing. LOL

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Reply By: Bazooka - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 17:15

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 17:15
I wouldn't touch anything you haven't read and googled about Boo Boo. If you want a good cleaner try this

http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html

Sorry the EO hyperlink isn't working for me.
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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 18:24

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 18:24
]Reading your post, I googled Boo Boo and received this.

Informal an embarrassing mistake; blunder

and this - [fi]/Members/147658.75/Forum/34[/fi


Did I read your post wrong?

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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 18:27

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 18:27
Sorry my link did not work

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 19:47

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 19:47
Esarby

Not a bad effort!


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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:58

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:58
You're smarter than the average bear Esarby.
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 19:59

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 19:59
You really shouldn't have clicked on it in the first place, if you didn't know what it was!
Have you tried going to control panel, add/remove programs then scroll down until you find it & clck remove.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 20:41

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 20:41
Shaker it's part of the toolbar, like the icons for accessing the hardvdrives , facebook icon,weather, calculator etc.

I,ve used other bits of the toolbar without a problem. I just wasn't sure about this one. As Ron has said it is a legit site.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:02

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:02
It may be part of a toolbar but I am betting that it imbedded itself there.
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Reply By: equinox - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:00

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:00
I've used that site to check on my home internet upload and download speeds for about a year now without a problem. I haven't checked any of the other links on the main page.



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Reply By: Pushy - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:11

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:11
Boo Boo,

I think you will find that you got this when you updated or upgraded your AVG virus check. It just leads to a site where they try to sell you something once they tell you have 10 million things to fix up.
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Reply By: Member - Niss42 - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:55

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:55
G'day Boo Boo.

It may be this utility:-


Speedtest.net - The Global Broadband Speed Test
www.speedtest.net/
Test your Internet connection bandwidth to locations around the world with this interactive broadband speed test.

I think I have used this a few times to test my download speed (Wireless).

I have never seen it on a toolbar, but hey.

Barry.
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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:58

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:58
Sorry, I didn't scroll down far enough. As Equinox said.

Barry
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:31

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:31
Thanks for the replies fellas.

I am going to be catious on this one and ring my son tomorrow.

He is my computer guru.

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