LinkBucks Redirect Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
LinkBucks redirect virus - how to eliminate Google redirects to LinkBucks?
The LinkBucks advertising network pays for clicks on links. This is a popular platform used by webmasters, bloggers, etc. to make money from their websites. Everyone is able to join the network to make money by generating Linkbucks links and directing traffic to them. Whilst this ad network is legitimate, an increasing number of computer user complain that they are redirected to Linkbucks when using Google. These redirects are related to malware and virus infections. If you experience these problems, your are advised scan your computer with a legitimate antispyware program immediately. As the Linkbucks platform is very popular, there are many people who attempt to corrupt the system and gain revenue using black-hat techniques.
Google redirects to Linkbucks can occur after inadvertent installation of unwanted Internet browser extensions, or the problem may be directly related to malware infections. Computer users should express caution when installing free software downloaded from the Internet. Reckless installation of free software is a common mistake resulting in redirect problems. Free software developers often bundle their programs with browser extensions, which cause browser redirects in order to monetize incoming web traffic. Note that the Linkbucks network does not tolerate deceptive link promotion techniques and bans any users employing rogue promotion strategies. If your Internet browser redirects Google searches to Linkbucks ads, your computer is infected. The best way to eliminate these redirects is to use legitimate antivirus and antispyware scanners.
The problem of Google searches redirecting to Linkbucks ads is caused by cyber criminals who exploit legitimate ads networks to earn revenue using malware infections. Recently, these redirects were found to be caused by a malicious browser plug-in called Stats Reader. The guide below describes the removal steps required to eliminate this browser plug-in. Linkbucks redirects can be caused by various malicious software and viruses, thus, if you experience these problems, scan you computer for malware and virus infections. Note that malware infections are often contained within Trojans and exploit kits, thus if your computer remains infected with redirect malware, this can cause further problems.
Linkbucks redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Stats Reader" select this entry and click Uninstall. (Note that Stats Reader is just one possible software element causing Google redirects to Linkbucks. Every case is unique, and therefore, please use our Forum for further help regarding this infection if you cannot find this program in the list).
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Stats Reader" select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Stats Reader, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Note that Google redirects to LinkBucks are directly related to malware infections. Don not skip this step. Recommended malware removal software.
Linkbucks redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Linkbucks redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Stats Reader" and disable it.
Remove Linkbucks redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Stats Reader" select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
Remove Linkbucks redirect from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Stats Reader".
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in LinkBucks Redirect Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of LinkBucks Redirect Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove LinkBucks Redirect Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.