Title: Infolinks
Type: Adware

Remove Infolinks
Removal instructions

 
Severity scale:Infolinks severity is 3  (3 / 100)
 

Infolinks is an online advertising network, which offers various products in a form of underlined ads. This plugin looks really similarly to Text Enhance, which, according to reports, leaves its links and pop-up advertisements on websites without any permission of their owners asked. Infolinks doesn't do that and shows its ads only with the knowledge of the website owner. However, just like any other online advertisement provider, Adsense or banner ads, it does that for sending existing traffic to a particular website and converting it into revenue. This process is usually called 'website monetization'. Infolinks is not installed on the PC, it's just placed in the website, so there is no point of looking for virus if you see its ads when browsing. However, there are many users who don't want to see these ads and what to remove Infolinks If you are one of them, continue reading..

WHY DO I SEE INFOLINKS?

As we have said, InfoLinks doesn't infect computers. It starts showing its underlined words only when it gets the permission of the website owner. Of course, who wouldn't like to earn some money by doing almost nothing? Once it is allowed, Infolinks starts turning keywords into ads that show up when website's visitor hovers over the link. If he clicks on the ad, website's owner earns revenue. However, if you pay attention to various discussions on the Internet, you will see that there many people who want to get rid of Infolinks and can't find a way how to opt out this plugin. In order to do that, follow a guide given below:

HOW TO REMOVE INFOLINKS? 

To remove Infolinks, move your mouse over one of its ads and look for a question mark. Click that question mark and you should be redirected to a website, which offers you to click a link to opt-out of Infolinks ads. Note that you have to continue this for each site because there is no link available to get rid of Infolinks from all sites at once.

Besides, if the first method fails to work for you, or you simply want an easier way to remove Infolinks, you should install an Ad blocker, such as AdBlock Plus (just google the name) or similar, and it will help you to get rid of Infolinks from all sites. We also recommend following the guide that is given below:

Automatic Infolinks Removal Guide

You can remove Infolinks automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall Infolinks. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

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Manual Infolinks Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Infolinks and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Infolinks or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

Step 2: Remove Infolinks from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Infolinks and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter your preferred domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Infolinks removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Infolinks and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Infolinks removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Infolinks and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Infolinks removal.

What is adware?

Adware is a program that displays advertisements while people are browsing online. Advertisements appear in a web browser, pop-up windows, special toolbars or within the host program. Adware also can gather information about user’s habits and interests. Once it collects what it needs, it sends it out through a background Internet connection. Such behavior allows adware vendors to deliver targeted advertisements to the end user and collect general statistics. However, it may also be used for stealing people’s private data.

Adware is divided into parasitical and legitimate applications. Illegal advertising programs are very similar to spyware parasites and often have some of their functions. They can be installed without user's knowledge and start working every time a computer is rebooted. However, they are less dangerous than rogues because the most of such parasites are primarily intended to collect user’s personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. Unfortunately, you can never know what other purposes it can be used for.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Infolinks:

•  Appearance of annoying pop-up ads
•  Appearance of banners and in-text ads
•  Redirects to unknown and suspicious websites
•  Changes in homepage and default search engine
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of Infolinks:

This map reveals the prevalence of Infolinks. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Pakistan, Indonesia, India, Philippines and Spain.

QR code for Infolinks removal instructions:

Infolinks qrcode
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.

The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Infolinks are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Infolinks right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-08-13 09:24:59
Information updated: 2014-08-13 09:24:59

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Ziad
Thanks Ugnius; that was so easy!

God bless you and keep up the good work
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Keir
You are wrong, Infolinks are not always placed on sites with owners permission. I have found them on my own site tonight and i would never sign up to something like this as it would affect my users experience (especially as my site is a encyclopedia with many internal links). when i looked on my index page to check all was well, using my tablet, i found that these links (by infolinks) weaved into my text. However these links are not visible when i use my PC or Laptop leading me to the conclusion that it is solely adware on my tablet.
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Prasad
Hi Keir, how did u remove infolinks from ur tablet? Im facing same problem.
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Keir
Still looking, sorry. Tried a few antivirus and an anti malware. They found some but not the culprit. I am waiting on a reply from infolinks themselves and when I get a result Ill post it on here.
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Keir
Hi Prasad. Are you using RSS Dog for your news feeds or something similar?
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Michael
I agree with Keir, they are also on my website which is a private forum, I would never have requested them. I cant figure out how it got on my computer as there are no recently added programs.

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