QuickShare by Linkury
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
QuickShare - how to eliminate unwanted coupon ads?
The QuickShare browser add-on is developed by Linkury and enhances users' Internet browsing experience by providing shortcuts to share selected text, photos, etc., on social networks and email. Whilst quick sharing features such as these may appear useful, QuickShare is not considered as a legitimate browser add-on, since many computer users report that it was installed on their Internet browsers without their consent. Moreover, this browser plug-in causes unwanted coupon ads when visiting online shopping websites. Unwilling installation of QuickShare is often caused by reckless free software download and installation.
This potentially unwanted program is distributed using a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling'. Computer users, who do not pay close enough attention to freeware installation steps, may install this or other unwanted additional programs inadvertently. QuickShare is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. Note that this browser extension is not technically considered a virus, however, installation is often inadvertent or unwilling, and furthermore, this plug-in displays coupons ads and may cause privacy-related issues.
QuickShare is similar to other potentially unwanted programs such as InfoAtoms, QwikLinx, and many others. Note that having additional unwanted browser plug-ins installed on Internet browsers may cause security, privacy, and browser performance issues. To prevent installation of browser extensions such as this, download free software from legitimate sources, and always choose 'Custom Installation', rather than 'Typical Installation' when installing freeware. Never agree to installation of additional promoted software, and disallow any suggested changes (homepage, default search engine, etc.) to your Internet browser settings. To remove QuickShare, use the removal guide provided.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "QuickShare" (Linkury Inc.), select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "QuickShare" (Linkury Inc.), select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling QuicksShare, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove QuickShare from browsers:
Remove QuickShare from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Linkury related entries "QuickShare Widget", "QuickShare WidgetEngine", select them and disable.
If you continue to have problems with removal of QuickShare, 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 on "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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove QuickShare from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "QuickShare Widget", select it and click on the trash can icon.
Remove QuickShare from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "QuicksShare Widget".
If you continue to have problems with removal of QuickShare, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" 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 QuickShare by Linkury distribution:
To avoid installation of QuickShare by Linkury 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 QuickShare by Linkury from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.