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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 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.
LinkSicle adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by LinkSicle'):
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove LinkSicle Virus
- What is LinkSicle?
- STEP 1. Uninstall LinkSicle application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove LinkSicle add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove LinkSicle plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove LinkSicle extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove LinkSicle extension from Safari.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
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.
Remove LinkSicle from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Linksicle" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the linksicle ads, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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.
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?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the linksicle ads, 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 wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins 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: "Linksicle".
Computer users who have problems with linksicle ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
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 wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
LinkSicle Virus 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. To avoid installation of adware 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. 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove linksicle virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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