LinkBucks Redirect Virus

Also Known As: LinkBucks Ads
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

LinkBucks redirect virus - how to eliminate Google redirects to LinkBucks?

What is LinkBucks redirect?

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.

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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.

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove LinkBucks Ads

Linkbucks redirect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

linkbucks redirect uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Stats Reader", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "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.

(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).

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Linkbucks redirect removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove Linkbucks redirect from Internet Explorer:

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Stats Reader" and disable it.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the linkbucks virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove Linkbucks redirect from Google Chrome:

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Stats Reader" select this entry and click on the trash can icon.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the linkbucks virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Linkbucks redirect from Mozilla FireFox:

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Stats Reader".

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with linkbucks virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove linkbucks virus from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A 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 privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of linkbucks ads 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.

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