Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
QwikLinx.net - how to remove this adware causing browser redirects?
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.
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.
QwikLinx.net redirect (QwikLinx adware) removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "QwikLinx", select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "QwikLinx", select it and click Remove.
After uninstalling the QwikLinx browser add-on, which causes redirects to QwikLinx.net, 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.
QwikLinx.net redirect (QwikLinx adware) removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove QwikLinx.net redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for QwikLinx Inc. related entries (QwikLinx) and disable them.
Remove QwikLinx.net redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "QwikLinx", select it and click on the trash can icon.
Remove QwikLinx.net redirect from FireFox:
Click "FireFox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "QwikLinx".
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.net Ads distribution:
To avoid installation of QwikLinx.net 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove QwikLinx.net Ads from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.