Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
LinkSwift removal instructions
LinkSwift is a potentially unwanted application which is being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling. This browser add-on installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet. It's compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and it promises to enhance user's Internet browsing experience by showing coupon ads, website ratings and by adding other features which would supposedly make "your time on the web worthwhile". Notice that while such added functionality may seem legitimate, many computer users refer to LinkSwift as a virus or malware. Such negative associations originate from the fact that most commonly Internet users install LinkSwift without their consent, moreover this browser plug-in generates various intrusive ads.
After successful infiltration to one's Internet browsers LinkSwift will generate coupon ads, search ads and pop-up ads, notice that clicking on such advertisements are not recommended as they may lead to serious security and privacy issues. This browsers plug-in is not a virus or malware, it can be categorized as being a potentially unwanted application or adware, it's recommended to remove it from one's computer.
LinkSwift is similar to other potentially unwanted applications which are being marketed using free software downloads, for example DiamonData, Web Layers, BrowseFox and may other. At the time of testing this adware was bundled together with VLC media player. Notice that VLC is an open source program and is not associated with any adware. Deceptive free software download websites are using the popularity of this free program in order to spread adware and generate revenue from Internet users who falls for such trickery and installs potentially unwanted browser add-on on their computers. To be safe when downloading VLC or any other popular free program you should use the official developers website. Internet users should know that nowadays the majority of free software download websites are using download clients which commonly promote installation of free browser add-ons. Notice that in many cases the mentioned download clients are deceptive and it's very hard to notice the "decline" button which would opt-out the installation of the promoted software. To avoid installation of unwanted browser add-ons Internet users should be very attentive when dealing with freeware downloads. The main indication of the presence of LinkSwift are "LinkSwift Ads" and "Powered by LinkSwift" advertisements when browsing the Internet. To eliminate this browser extension follow the provided removal instructions.
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". Locate "Programs and Features".
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 "LinkSwift", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling LinkSwift scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove LinkSwift from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove LinkSwift from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "LinkSwift" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of LinkSwift you can reset you 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 LinkSwift from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "LinkSwift" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If LinkSwift extension is greyed out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled") please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove LinkSwift from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "LinkSwift".
If you are having problems with the removal of LinkSwift you can reset you 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.