This page aims to help you remove Loptelink. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Loptelink is a non-malicious potentially unwanted program that belongs to the browser hijacker software category. Once in the system, Loptelink can impose its sponsored search engine or homepage on your main web browser and initiate automatic redirects to various promotional sites.
Every web user who has Loptelink on their main web browser (it doesn’t matter if this is Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or another one), will definitely have an issue with the amount of sponsored pop-up ads, banners, and redirect notifications that this browser hijacker can display. Such software is specialized in the generation of pay-per-click commercials of all shapes and sizes and can lure the web users into clicking on them. To do that, Loptelink typically installs some helper components, such as a new toolbar, some redirect buttons, a new homepage, or a custom search engine, which have been specifically programmed to generate particular promotional messages during the regular web browsing sessions.
Uninstalling those components and removing the ads they display can be a daunting task, but on this page, we have prepared a detailed removal guide with instructions on how to do that. You will basically need to remove the browser hijacker that stands behind all these activities by carefully following the instructions below.
The Loptelink Virus
Whenever users come across browser hijackers, they usually mistakenly assume that their machines have become the target of a computer virus. However, that’s not really accurate because the computer viruses are harmful bits of computer code designed to perform malicious activities such as theft of data, system corruption, file destruction, and more.
Ransomware, for instance, is a kind of computer virus that will lock all the information kept on a computer and demand a ransom from the victim. This is a clear example that can illustrate the main difference between a piece of malware and the irritating but generally harmless ad-generating and page-redirecting activity of a browser hijacker. Yet, even though a browser hijacker generally lacks the harmful abilities of a Ransomware, Trojans or other viruses, this software is not something that you should keep on your computer for long.
The reason is, hijacker apps like Loptelink can typically change the browser’s starting page or search engine and generate sponsored search results instead of the actual pages that you would like to see. Besides, they may frequently redirect users to dozens of unfamiliar web pages or potentially dangerous sites full of aggressive ads. Besides, many browser hijackers may need large amounts of RAM and CPU resources to operate and that can result in a significant decrease in the speed and the performance of your machine. So, if not removed, such software may lead to frequent system freezes, sudden crashes, browser unresponsiveness, and general web surfing disturbance.
Fortunately, with the help of the instructions below, you can rid yourself of all of this disturbance and recover the settings of your web browser. If you are not that tech-savvy or fear that you may remove something essential for your system, don’t stress about it. There is an automatic removal tool on this page which you can use to scan your computer and remove or uninstall any potentially unwanted software that you detect there.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The Browser Hijacker are known to introduce unwanted changes to the main web browser such as search engine and homepage replacements.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling, free download managers, spam messages, shareware sites, torrents, ads.|
Remove Loptelink Virus
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 Loptelink 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 Loptelink from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Loptelink 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!