What is SelectionLinks?
SelectionLinks is a browser add-on promising to enhance Internet users' browsing experience by adding quick search engine access functionality. After installation of this browser plug-in, users are able to quickly access popular search engines by simply selecting text within a website.
Whilst SelectionLinks is not strictly a computer virus, many Internet users report that it was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) without their consent.
Moreover, this browser add-on causes unwanted ads, which appear in Facebook, YouTube, Google, etc. The text, "about this ad", redirects users to the SelectionLinks website when clicked.
Computer users should be aware that clicking on these ads is not recommended since they are 'third-party ads', which may lead to installation of additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or malware infections. This adware is similar to Yontoo adware and "Ads not by this site" adware.
Commonly, SelectionLinks adware is installed on users' computers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Avoid PUP installation by carefully checking each installation step of freeware.
When installing, be sure to select 'Custom Installation', rather than 'Typical', disallowing installation of any additional software and or modifications to browser settings (such as the default search engine, homepage, etc.)
SelectionLinks is not technically considered to be a virus, however, it installs on users' computers without their consent and causes unwanted ads in popular websites, thus is categorized as adware.
If you notice dubious ads appearing within YouTube, Facebook, and other popular websites (with the text "about this ad" linking to SelectionLinks), remove SelectionLinks adware from your computer immediately.
Having this browser add-on installed on your system is not recommended since it causes unwanted ads, diminished browser performance, and may be a consequence of computer security-related issues.
Deceptive free software installer used in SelectionLinks adware distribution:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is SelectionLinks?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SelectionLinks application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SelectionLinks add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SelectionLinks plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove SelectionLinks extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SelectionLinks extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. 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 "SelectionLinks", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling SelectionLinks, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove SelectionLinks 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 "SelectionLinks" select this entry and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the selectionlinks virus, 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: "SelectionLinks" select it and click on the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the selectionlinks virus, 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 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: "SelectionLinks".
Computer users who have problems with selectionlinks virus 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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 top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the selectionlinks virus, 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.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
Post a comment:
If you have additional information on selectionlinks virus or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.