Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
LinkSicle removal instructions
LinkSicle is a browser add-on which promises to make one's Internet searching and text translation tasks faster and easier. This browser add-on shows in-page translation and search results (using Bing search engine) of any selected text, it's compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. While such added functionality may seem legitimate, many Internet users refer to LinkSicle as a virus or malware, such negative associations originate from the fact that this plugin is being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling - it installs on user's Internet browsers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Moreover LinkSicle generates various banner, search and pop-up ads when users surf the Internet. Such behavior is typical to adware or potentially unwanted programs.
Computer users should understand that while this browser add-on is not a virus or malware, clicking on advertisements generated by LinkSicle may lead to serious computer security and privacy issues. Clear indications that one's Internet browsers are infiltrated by this potentially unwanted application are "Powered by LinkSicle", "Ad Info" and "Ads by LinkSicle" advertisements generated while surfing the Internet. It's recommended to remove this adware from one's Internet browsers.
LinkSicle is similar to other potentially unwanted programs which installs without user's consent together with some free software downloaded from the Internet, for example Lamilov, PlurPush and many other. These browser add-ons doesn't add any significant value for Internet users and they cause various unwanted ads which may lead to installation of malware or additional potentially unwanted programs. The best way to avoid installation of such adware is being attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by some download client, be sure to opt-out installation of any promoted browser plugins by clicking on a "decline" button. When installing free software always choose "advanced" or "custom" installation options instead of "typical" or "quick", this will reveal any bundled browser extensions. If you already see advertisements caused by LinkSicle use the provided removal guide and eliminate this potentially unwanted application from one's Internet browsers.
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 "LinkSicle", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling LinkSicle scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove LinkSicle from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove LinkSicle from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Linksicle" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of LinkSicle 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 LinkSicle from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Linksicle" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If LinkSicle 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 LinkSicle from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Linksicle".
If you are having problems with the removal of Linksicle 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.