LinkSicle Ads

Also Known As: LinkSicle Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

LinkSicle removal instructions

What is LinkSicle?

The LinkSicle browser add-on claims to make Internet searching and text translation tasks faster and easier by displaying in-page translation and search results (using the Bing search engine) of any selected text. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, many Internet users refer to LinkSicle as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since this plugin is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - the add-on installs on users' 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. This behaviour is typical of adware or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Computer users should be aware that although 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. A clear indication that your Internet browsers are infiltrated by this potentially unwanted application are "Powered by LinkSicle", "Ad Info", and "Ads by LinkSicle" advertisements generated whilst surfing the Internet. You are advised to remove this adware from your Internet browser/s.

Linksicle

LinkSicle is similar to other PUPs, which install without users' consent together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Examples include Lamilov and PlurPush amongst many others. These browser add-ons add no significant value for Internet users and cause various unwanted ads, which may lead to installation of malware or additional PUPs. The best way to avoid installation of adware is to be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', opt-out of installation of any promoted browser plugins by clicking the "decline" button. When installing free software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick'. This will reveal any bundled browser extensions. If you observe advertisements caused by LinkSicle, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.

Quick menu:

LinkSicle removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

LinkSicle uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "LinkSicle", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling LinkSicle, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Remove LinkSicle from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove LinkSicle from Internet Explorer:

LinkSicle removal from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Linksicle" and disable it.

LinkSicle removal from Intenret Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of LinkSicle, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove LinkSicle from Google Chrome:

LinkSicle removal from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Linksicle", select it and click the trash can icon.

LinkSicle removal from Google Chrome step 2

If LinkSicle extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of LinkSicle add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove LinkSicle from Mozilla Firefox:

LinkSicle removal from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Linksicle".

LinkSicle removal from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

If you have problems with the removal of Linksicle, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

LinkSicle Ads is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.

Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in LinkSicle Ads distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of LinkSicle Ads be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
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