Linkangood 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\u2019t 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\u2019s 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 \u201cbrowser hijacker\u201d must be some type of nasty virus or malware (probably a Ransomware or Trojan-type infection) that doesn\u2019t 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. SUMMARY: Name Linkangood Type \u00a0Adware\/Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms \u00a0The 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. Detection Tool 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 Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Linkangood \u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Linkangood \u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Linkangood \u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a 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: \tHKEY_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----Windows---CurrentVersion---Run-- Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER----Software---Microsoft---Internet Explorer----Main---- Random If the guide doesn't help, download the\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!