Lnkr is a potentially unwanted application that hijacks popular web browsers to promote specific websites and to display aggressive advertisements in them. Normally, Lnkr connects to Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other common browsing apps and adjusts their homepage and search engine settings.
One of the most controversial features of browser hijackers is their ability to automatically redirect traffic from the hijacked browsers to specific domains that pay for user visits and clicks. This often leads to uncontrolled exposure to sponsored links and pages that users may not want to visit but cannot avoid either. Such apps also tend to cover the content of the websites visited by users with different pay-per-click messages, pop-up alerts, banner notifications and other click-bait ads and deals that aggressively promote their items on the screen.
Is Lnkr a Malware?
The way that Lnkr operates is typical for a class of software known as browser hijackers. Browser hijackers like Lnkr are tools used to promote different types of products, services, software and their related websites through aggressive online marketing methods.
People who have this software in their system can typically experience an automated change to their browser’s search engine and/or the default homepage URL. They may also start seeing way more pop-up advertisements, banner alerts and redirect links than usual and may constantly be prompted to click on them.
Nonetheless, the most annoying thing about browser hijackers is that they cannot be uninstalled with a single click and their browser “improvements” cannot be easily removed. This is the reason why the majority of people who end up with a program like Lnkr in their system tend to panic when they realize they can’t get rid of the annoying software and confuse it with a virus, Ransomware or a Trojan horse infection. What’s more, they are typically forced to deal with the new browser’s behavior and modifications without being given the chance to customize or restrict them either. Luckily, at the end of this post, users will find a removal guide that explains exactly how to deal with Lnkr and its unwanted changes. That’s why those who want to get rid of this program are more than welcome to follow the instructions that have been listed there.
Unfortunately, not everything that programs like Lnkr can promote should be trusted because no one really checks the origin and the reliability of every single advertisement, URL or pop-up that this software generates. Some of them may potentially come from unreliable web locations and may redirect users to questionable websites that may contain viruses and malware such as Ransomware, Trojans or Spyware. The same can also be valid for the browser changes imposed by the browser hijacker. Sometimes the newly installed search engine components, toolbars, homepages and buttons may make the browser unstable and even more vulnerable to potential online hazards.
That’s why the general advice we can give you if you have a program like Lnkr on your PC is to try to avoid interaction with its content as much as possible. And since this can be very hard, the optimal solution is to uninstall the unwanted app and permanently remove its components from your browser with the help of the instructions in the guide below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most prominent symptoms include modifications in the browser’s search engine and homepage settings and auto-redirects to sponsored sites.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware platforms, shareware sites, torrents, ads, spam messages, automatic installation managers, free program bundles.|
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Lnkr Malware Removal
To try and remove Lnkr quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Lnkr extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Lnkr by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Lnkr and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Lnkr removal guide below.
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
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
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 Lnkr 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 Lnkr from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Lnkr 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!