Have you noticed an increase in online ads in your browser? No matter what websites you’re on, the production of popups, banners, box messages and in-text links just never seems to end? Then you have most likely gotten infected with an adware program known as Linkury.
This software type is known for being particularly annoying and intrusive with its constant advertising from the moment you open your Chrome, Firefox or other browser to the moment you close it. And no matter what you keep doing, no matter how often you try to change your browsing program, the adware still manages to catch up and flood your screen with even more banners and popups. How do you put an end to all of this? Should you reinstall your OS or maybe even get a new computer? There’s no need for drastic measures. Below we’ve assembled a handy removal guide, which will guide you through the steps you need to take in order to remove Linkury without a trace. However, before you head over to the instructions in the guide, please read through the information we’ve shared in this article. We aim to provide our users with as accurate an understanding of the software they’re dealing with, so that they can avoid it and prevent similar infections in the future.
The Linkury Adware
You may be wondering why on earth the Linkury adware has found its way onto your computer and why anyone would develop a program like this. Well, simple answer is money.
Software of this and similar types is developed with the sole aim to generate and display numerous different online advertisements directly on the screens of individual users. That way they can drive more traffic to certain sponsored websites and ensure more exposure for the promoted products and services. Besides that they also earn a profit for their developers, typically on the basis of the Pay Per Click scheme or similar other remuneration models. This basically translates to the following: every click you make on a given ad generated by Linkury turns into a small amount of money for the developers. With that in mind, it’s easy to see that the creators of adware will go to great lengths to make sure that they can maximize their profits and squeeze out every little bit of income from this business model.
That leads us to a point of concern, one that has been driving users to avoid such software like the plague and one that has made security experts rather skeptical of adware, as well. We’re talking about the ability of this type of programs to invade your personal space and start looking through your browsing history. Of course, they don’t gain access to anything sensitive, like passwords and such, but they can still keep an eye on your latest online search queries, as well as the type of websites you like to spend the most time on, etc. Based on this information, the adware can determine where your current interests lie and can start displaying ads on your screen accordingly. That way it increase its chances of actually attracting your clicks.
Another no less important point of concern is the fact that the activities of Linkury and other such programs can potentially lead to you landing an infection with a virus or other malicious program. And even though Linkury is not itself a virus, nor does it mean to inflict any harm, this can happen as a result of the frequent page redirects, as well as in the midst of all the online ads. Hackers and cybercriminals often rely on fake popups and banners to distribute their viruses, such as ransomware and Trojans. A single click on a transmitter like that is often all it takes to contaminate your PC and the consequences can sometimes be truly devastating. Your best shot at preventing anything like this from happening is to avoid interacting with any of the online ads and to see to the removal of the adware as soon as possible. Furthermore, it would also help if you made sure you didn’t contract any such programs again anymore. You can do that by paying better attention to the websites you download content from and the way you install new programs. Be sure to always use the advanced installation settings and leave out any suspicious added programs when given that option.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Numerous popups, banners, box messages and various other online ads appearing in your browser and obstructing your online experience.|
|Distribution Method||You are most likely to get infected by improperly installing a program bundle, downloading content from untrustworthy sites, etc.|
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Linkury Adware Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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.
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 Linkury 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 Linkury from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Linkury 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!