QwikLinx Adware

Also Known As: QwikLinx Virus
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

QwikLinx.net - how to remove this adware causing browser redirects?

What is QwikLinx.net?

The QwikLinx.net website is promoted using a free browser add-on called QwikLinx (developed by QwikLinx Inc.) The website promises to make users' Internet browsing faster and more convenient by displaying contextual link ads, supposedly speeding up the process of locating information about specific topics. This particular browser extension is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program.

In most cases, QwikLinx self-installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome) together with freeware downloaded from the Internet. Moreover, when users click on the displayed contextual links, they are redirected to the QwikLinx.net/search 'search engine', which displays sponsored search results only. Note that clicking on these links is not recommended, since this could lead to installation of additional unwanted software or malware. QwikLinx.net and the QwikLinx browser add-on add no real value for Internet users - the only real purpose of this adware is monetization.

qwiklinx.net redirect adware

The QwikLinx browser extension is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and many computer users report that it was installed on their systems without their consent. To avoid unwilling adware installation such as this, express caution when installing free software downloaded from the Internet. Always closely inspect each step of freeware installation processes, disallowing any suggested changes to your Internet browser settings. Also uncheck any option suggesting that you install additional software. To remove QwikLinx adware and related redirect issues to QwikLinx.net/search, use the removal guide provided.

Deceptive free software installer used in QwikLinx adware distribution:

qwiklinx adware installer

Quick menu:

QwikLinx adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". 

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 screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

QwikLinx adware uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "QwikLinx", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling the QwikLinx browser add-on, which causes redirects to QwikLinx ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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QwikLinx adware removal from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove QwikLinx ads from Internet Explorer:

QwikLinx removal 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 QwikLinx Inc. related entries (QwikLinx) and disable them.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of QwikLinx, 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 want 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

Google Chrome logoRemove QwikLinx ads redirect from Google Chrome:

QwikLinx removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "QwikLinx", select it and click on the trash can icon.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of QwikLinx add-on, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle 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 want 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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove QwikLinx ads redirect from Firefox:

QwikLinx removal 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 remove "QwikLinx".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of QwikLinx, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

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

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

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 want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

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 QwikLinx Adware distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of QwikLinx Adware 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:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

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 QwikLinx Adware from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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