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LinkSwift removal instructions
What is LinkSwift?
LinkSwift is a potentially unwanted application distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. This browser add-on installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. It claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying coupon ads, website ratings, and by adding other features, which supposedly "make your time on the web worthwhile". Note that while such added functionality may seem legitimate, many computer users refer to LinkSwift as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since Internet users often install LinkSwift inadvertently without their consent. Furthermore, this browser plug-in generates various intrusive ads.
After successful browser infiltration, LinkSwift generates coupon ads, search ads, and pop-up ads. Be aware that clicking on these advertisements is not recommended as they may lead to serious security and privacy issues. This browser plug-in is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware, and therefore, you are advised to remove it from your system.
LinkSwift is similar to other potentially unwanted applications marketed using free software downloads, including DiamonData, Web Layers, BrowseFox, and many others. At time of testing this adware, it was bundled together with VLC media player. Note that VLC is an open source program and is not associated with any adware. Deceptive free software download websites exploit the popularity of this free program in order to proliferate adware and generate revenue from Internet users who fall for such trickery and go on to install potentially unwanted browser add-on on their computers. To be safe when downloading VLC, or any other popular free program, use the official developers' websites. Today, the majority of free software download websites use 'download clients', which often promote installation of free browser add-ons. In many cases, these download clients are deceptive and do not display the 'decline' button prominently (a button allowing the user to opt-out of the installation of promoted software). To avoid installation of unwanted browser add-ons, be attentive when dealing with freeware downloads. A strong indication of the presence of LinkSwift are "LinkSwift Ads" and "Powered by LinkSwift" advertisements when browsing the Internet. To eliminate this browser extension, follow the removal instructions provided.
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove LinkSwift Ads
- What is Linkswift?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Linkswift using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Linkswift from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Linkswift ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Linkswift extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove LinkSwift 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 "LinkSwift", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling LinkSwift, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove LinkSwift 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 "LinkSwift" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the linkswift 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: "LinkSwift", select it and click the trash can icon.
If the LinkSwift extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the linkswift 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: "LinkSwift".
Computer users who have problems with linkswift 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.
LinkSwift Ads 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 linkswift ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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