What kind of application is Page Links Loader?
After examining the Page Links Loader browser extension, our team determined that it is an advertising-supported application (adware) - it shows annoying advertisements. We discovered Page Links Loader on a shady website. Users often download and install or add adware inadvertently.
Page Links Loader in detail
Page Links Loader is promoted as an app that allows users to easily access all of the links on the current web page in one convenient location. However, this application also displays advertisements. Advertisements displayed by adware (including Page Links Loader) can lead to shady websites.
Advertisements shown by Page Links Loader may open technical support scam pages, websites offering or urging to download questionable apps, phishing pages asking to provide sensitive information, etc. Clicking them may lead to sites like "TESCO Loyalty Program", "1978 Act Of Protection Of Children", "Update Windows Defender", and other pages of this kind.
We also learned that Page Links Loader can read and change data on all visited websites. This app may gather information about users that could be sold to third parties, used for marketing purposes, or monetized in other ways. Thus, it is recommended not to trust the Page Links Loader application.
|Name||Ads by Page Links Loader|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
In some cases, adware promotes untrustworthy search engines by hijacking web browsers (by changing some of their settings). Browser-hijacking apps replace the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page with a shady search engine. Also, they prevent users from removing those search engines from the settings of web browsers.
How did adware install on my computer?
We discovered Page Links Loader on a shady website instructing visitors to click the "ACCEPT AND CONTINUE" button to download this browser extension. Page Links Loader gets added to a web browser after completing the provided steps.
Another popular method to trick users into adding/installing adware is to bundle it with other software. Information about additionally included apps is usually provided in "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. Users add/install adware and other unwanted apps when they finish installations without changing those settings.
Advertisements on shady websites and notifications from such pages can also lead to unwanted downloads and installations.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications from trustworthy sources such as official websites and verified stores. Avoid downloading apps with no reviews. Deselect unwanted apps included in downloaders and installers before finishing downloads and installations. Do not trust ads on shady websites or agree to receive notifications from such websites.
If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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- What is Page Links Loader?
- 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.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 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 "Page Links Loader" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by page links loader, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by page links loader 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 page links loader, 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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Usually, it diminishes the web browsing experience (shows annoying ads that cover the contents of visited web pages). Also, it can affect the performance of a computer and cause issues related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
Software of this type is designed to display various advertisements. Also, it can promote shady search engines and track users (gather data).
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers use adware to promote various products, websites, services, etc. Typically, they monetize adware via affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Page Links Loader adware?
Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and uninstall/remove all adware-type applications. It is recommended to remove adware using specialized software. Data belonging to adware may remain in the operating system after manual removal.