Linkangood is a potentially unwanted application that belongs to the browser hijacker class of software. If you have Linkangood in your system, you will most likely experience random redirects to sponsored sites and constant exposure to aggressive ads, pop-ups and pay-per-click banners.
In case you have recently detected that Linkangood has hijacked your favorite web browser (be it Edge, Firefox, Chrome or another one) you are probably wondering how to remove the unwanted and perhaps intrusive ads that this program has started to display all over your screen. Or you simply can’t wait to learn how to uninstall the strange homepage and the unapproved search engine that Linkangood has imposed on you without asking for approval. Fortunately, this is precisely what we are going to talk about in the next lines. We will provide you with a detailed removal guide that can help you deal with the unwanted application in a quick and reliable manner, as well as a trusted security tool that can addresses other potentially unwanted programs and security hazards in your system.
The Linkangood Malware
The Linkangood Malware normally generate dozens of sponsored pay-per-click commercials (in the form of pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, colorful box messages, etc.) all over the browser’s screen. But, most of the time, the Linkangood Malware redirect you to a new website full of paid ads the very moment you open a new tab or start a new search.
By doing this, programs like Linkangood typically benefit their developers and the people behind the sites they partner with. These programs basically earn revenue on a pay-per-click or a pay-per-view basis and promote specific offers and web pages that need traffic and more exposure.
What is Linkangood?
This is a common question that a lot of web users who end up with a browser hijacker like Linkangood in their system end up asking us. The majority of people think that a “browser hijacker” must be some type of nasty virus or malware (probably a Ransomware or Trojan-type infection) that doesn’t want to get removed and prevents them from using their web browser. In reality, however, a browser hijacker is the collective term used to describe apps that typically produce ads during regular web searches.
In general, browser hijacker programs are normally not a threat to the security of any computer. They are not interested in encrypting user files, stealing personal information or corrupting OS records. Nonetheless, they may use the resources of the system to run some questionable background activities like monitoring the history of your web surfing and matching your latest search queries to some sponsored ads. Aside from this, such apps may make the hijacked browser unresponsive and may cause it to crash, freeze or simply redirect you to pages with a questionable reputation. And if you get tricked into clicking on something malicious, you may even get infected with a virus or real malware from the rank of Ransomware and Trojans. All in all, the way a browser hijacker can affect the computer and its performance can be rather unpleasant in itself. Therefore, we suggest that you use the removal guide below to uninstall Linkangood quickly and effectively.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most obvious symptoms include aggressive ads all over the screen and a possible change in the web browser’s homepage or search engine settings.|
|Distribution Method||Click-bait ads, spam messages and free downloads are a common source of Browser Hijackers.|
Linkangood Malware Removal
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Linkangood from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Linkangood from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Linkangood from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!