Also Known As: QwikLinx Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
QwikLinx.net - how to remove this adware causing browser redirects?
What is QwikLinx.net?
Developed by QwikLinx Inc, the QwikLinx.net website is promoted using a free browser add-on called QwikLinx. The website claims to make 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 Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) together with freeware downloaded from the Internet. Furthermore, when users click the displayed contextual links, they are redirected to the QwikLinx.net/search 'search engine', which displays sponsored search results only. Note that clicking 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.
Deceptive free software installer used in QwikLinx adware distribution:
- What is QwikLinx.net?
- STEP 1. Uninstall QwikLinx application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove QwikLinx add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove QwikLinx plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove QwikLinx extension from Mozilla Firefox.
QwikLinx adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
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".
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 detected by this program to ensure that your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
QwikLinx adware removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove QwikLinx ads from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for QwikLinx Inc. related entries (QwikLinx) and disable them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the qwiklinx adware, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove QwikLinx ads redirect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "QwikLinx", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the qwiklinx adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove QwikLinx ads redirect from Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "QwikLinx".
Computer users who have problems with qwiklinx adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
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:
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:
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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