Ads by Linkey Deals

Also Known As: Linkey Deals adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Linkey Deals removal instructions

What is Linkey Deals?

Developed by Aztec Media Inc, the Linkey Deals application supposedly helps to save time and money while shopping online by displaying coupons, enabling comparison shopping, and other similar functionality - "Linkey Deals costs you nothing but can save you lots. This free browser add-on helps you shop online, making sure you can always find the cheapest option.". Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Linkey Deals is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). As with regular adware, Linkey Deals is distributed as a 'bundle' with other software. Furthermore, after infiltration on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), Linkey Deals displays various intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.

Linkey Deals adware

Linkey Deals employs a virtual layer to display intrusive online advertisements such as coupons, pop-ups, and comparison shopping. The virtual layer allows placement of graphical content on websites visited. Note that the displayed content does not originate from the visited webpages. In addition, some of these ads may open in new browser tabs/windows, and therefore, the chance of accidental user clicks significantly increases. These displayed advertisements may seem harmless, since they mostly redirect to various commercial websites (for example, online stores). Despite this, they may also redirect to rogue websites containing infectious content, thereby causing computer infections. Furthermore, Linkey Deals tracks Internet browsing activity and gathers various browsing-related information. Be aware that the collected information (such as Internet Protocol [IP] addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, etc.) might contain personally identifiable details that are later shared with third parties and can be misused. Thus, having Linkey Deals installed on your system can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are advised to uninstall Linkey Deals from your system immediately.

Linkey Deals Privacy Policy regarding data sharing:

We may, and you approve us to share or transfer information, including Personal Information, internally within our group of companies.

There are hundreds of PUPs claiming to save time and money while shopping online. Great Find, PriceChomper, CutThePrice, and DealDay are just some examples from a long list of apps similar or identical to Linkey Deals. Claims to provide useful features are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimate applications. Neither Linkey Deals, nor any of these other applications, provide the features promised. Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers by displaying advertisements and selling collected data to third parties.

How did Linkey Deals install on my computer?

Linkey Deals is commonly distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and therefore, it infiltrates systems without users' consent. Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute applications with the regular software. Many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software. They skip most of the steps including the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' sections (where bogus applications such as Linkey Deals are usually hidden), thereby inadvertently installing bogus applications without their consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download your chosen software from a trusted source (usually the official website), rather than using third party websites. If the official site is unavailable and you are downloading from a freeware download website, select the direct download option (if possible). If forced to use a download app, closely inspect each step of the procedure and ensure that only the chosen app is downloaded. Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

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Quick menu:

Linkey Deals adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and 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 Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Linkey Deals adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Linkey Deals ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Linkey Deals adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Linkey Deals ads 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 Deals", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Linkey Deals ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the linkey deals adware, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Linkey Deals  ads 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 "Extensions". Locate "Linkey Deals", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Linkey Deals ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the linkey deals adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Linkey Deals ads 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Linkey Deals".

Removing Linkey Deals ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with linkey deals adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the linkey deals adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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