Linkspeed[.]xyz redirect removal instructions
What is linkspeed[.]xyz?
Typically, browsers open websites like linkspeed[.]xyz when some potentially unwanted application (PUA) is installed on them, users do not visit such pages intentionally. Additionally, apps of this type often are designed to serve ads and/or function as data collectors. They are called PUAs because in most cases users download and install them unknowingly. Some more examples of pages like linkspeed[.]xyz are cristall[.]club, increamy[.]club and soloassocial[.]club.
PUAs open sites like linkspeed[.]xyz in a new browser window or tab. When visited, these sites open other (about two, three) untrustworthy pages or load questionable content. What they do after being visited depends on the geolocation of their visitors. Additionally, websites like linkspeed[.]xyz are designed to deceive their visitors into clicking the "Allow" button in a pop-up window that appears once those pages are visited. As a rule, they use some clickbait technique to trick visitors into that. Linkspeed[.]xyz makes it look like some video will be loaded only if visitors will allow it to show notifications. Such pages should not be allowed to show notifications, their notifications contain links to shady websites, deceptive advertisements, etc. Another problem with PUAs that they can be designed not only to promote pages like linkspeed[.]xyz, but also to serve advertisements and/or collect various information. It is common that such apps serve pop-up ads, banners, coupons, surveys, etc., and, if clicked they open untrustworthy pages, or cause download and/or installation of some unwanted software by executing certain scripts. Also, PUAs can be designed to collect browsing data like geolocations, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries and other data of this kind. However, in some cases they can be designed to gather sensitive information as well. It means that their users could have problems related online privacy, browsing safety, or even become victims of identity theft.
|Name||Ads by linkspeed.xyz|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||18.104.22.168|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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To sum up, neither linkspeed[.]xyz or pages that it opens are trustworthy. Applications that open pages like linkspeed[.]xyz are not trustworthy too. If an app of this type is already installed on a browser and/or the operating system, then it should be removed. As mentioned in the introduction, more often than not users download and/or install PUAs unintentionally.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is common that developers include PUAs in download and/or installation setups of other, usually free programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". PUAs are integrated in setups as additional offers, they can be declined in their "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings. However, not all users check and change those settings which means they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with other, intentionally downloaded and/or installed programs. Also, PUAs can be unknowingly downloaded and/or installed through deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Downloads and installation setups with "Advanced", "Custom" settings often are used to promote/distribute potentially unwanted apps. Therefore, such settings should be always checked before completing downloads, installations. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (such as torrent clients, eMule, etc.), unofficial web pages, freeware download pages and other similar download and/or installation sources, tools are often used to distribute various PUAs. In some cases even malicious apps. For these reason files and programs should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Advertisements that appear on various questionable, untrustworthy websites can be designed to open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Such ads should not be clicked as well. Any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed from. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of linkspeed[.]xyz website (GIF):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is linkspeed[.]xyz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 10 and 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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes linkspeed[.]xyz redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by linkspeed.xyz, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by linkspeed.xyz 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by linkspeed.xyz, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by linkspeed.xyz, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by linkspeed.xyz from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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