QuickShare by Linkury
Also Known As: QuickShare Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
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What is QuickShare?
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.
Deceptive free software installer used in QuickShare adware distribution:
- What is QuickShare?
- STEP 1. Uninstall QuickShare application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove QuickShare add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove QuickShare plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove QuickShare extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
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 screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "QuikcShare", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 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 want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove QuickShare from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "QuickShare Widget", select it and click on the trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal of QuickShare you can 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 want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove QuickShare from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main 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 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 want 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 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.
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