Linkey Virus

Also Known As: Linkeyproject.com Redirect
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Linkey virus removal guide

What is Linkey?

Created by Aztec Media Inc, the Linkey or Linkey Project browser plugin claims to make users' Internet browsing experience more productive by displaying quick links to popular games, videos, social webistes, etc. This extension is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Internet users should be aware that while Linkey may appear to be a legitimate add-on, it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it installs on browsers without users' consent and modifies the homepage setting by assigning it to linkeyproject.com Furthermore, this plugin is known to diminish Internet browser performance and track users' Internet surfing activity by recording IP addresses, browser types, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), cookie information, and the web pages visited.

Commonly, computer users install this add-on unwillingly when downloading free software. This plug-in is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. To avoid installation of Linkey, or other adware, be attentive when downloading free software since, today, most freeware download websites monetize their free services by employing 'download clients' offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free program. Thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. For these reasons, you are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted program from your Internet browser/s.

Linkey or Linkey Project virus

Linkey is similar to other adware, which installs with free software downloaded from the Internet. Examples include Movies toolbarSense, and MyStart toolbar. To avoid installation of these potentially unwanted applications, check each download step of any freeware you wish to install on your computer. If you are offered installation of additional browser plug-ins with the chosen freeware, opt-out by clicking on the 'decline' button. When installing downloaded programs, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware. Computer users who experience browser redirects to linkeyproject.com should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browsers.

Linkey adware is known to cause browser redirects to default-search.net website, to remove this browser hijacker please follow this removal guide.

Deceptive free software installer used in Linkey adware distribution:

linkey adware installer

Linkey virus removal:

Quick menu:

Windows 7 users:

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

Windows XP users:

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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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Linkey uninstall from Control Panel

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

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

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Remove Linkey from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove Linkey Project from Internet Explorer:

Removing Linkey from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Linkey", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Linkey from Internet Explorer extensions step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing linkey project from Internet Explorer homepage

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove linkeyproject.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the Linkey add-on, 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 and click the "Reset" button.

Google Chrome logoRemove Linkey from Google Chrome:

Removing linkey from Google Chrome step 1

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

Removing linkey from Google Chrome extensions step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing linkey project from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.linkeyproject.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the Linkey add-on, 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) and 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, click the "Reset" button.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Linkey from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Linkey from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Linkey for Firefox".

Removing linkey from Mozilla Firefox extensions step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing linkey project from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window, remove linkeyproject.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change new tab settings:

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "linkey"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with removal of the Linkey add-on can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

 

Summary:

Linkey 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. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Linkey Virus distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of Linkey Virus 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
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Linkey Virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on Linkey Virus or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Comments 

 
#4 admin 2014-06-17 00:19
Hi Sally, you could try using third party tools to assist you in Linkey adware uninstall, more information here - http://www.pcrisk.com/how-to-remove-spyware/uninstall-program-windows Also don't forget to scan your computer with antimalware software - http://www.pcrisk.com/top-spyware-removers
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#3 Sally 2014-06-16 18:41
Hi,

I bought new HP laptop and installed some SQL, and snipper tools, and somehow linkey made it to my hard drive, I tried to get rid of it using control panel but almost at the end, I get a message sating internet explorer is not responding, though my internet explorer is working fine. Not sure how else to remove this linkey crap.

Please help.

Thanks,

Sally
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#2 Tom 2014-05-18 07:04
Daniel,
Nice try. Your infected malware is on my computer and it is obvious your programmers wrote the virus to be difficult to uninstall. I should punch you in the face, tool.
Tom
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#1 Daniel 2014-04-15 13:21
Aztec Media Corp. is not responsible for this virus. We have received several complaints from users about this. IT'S NOT US! We don't write software, we build websites, produce videos, and do graphic design.

Please spread the word that it is Aztec Media INC, not Aztec Media CORP. Thanks!
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