Linkey. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

by ,   Also known as Linkey Project, Linkey ads, ads by Linkey, Linkey hijack | Type: Adware

What is Linkey?

Linkey by Aztec Media Inc. is a browser plugin, which can be downloaded from the Internet for free. However, in most of the cases it sneaks inside computers in a bundle with freeware and shareware as a ‘free addition’ or ‘additional download’. There is no surprise why it does that - it has been added to tens of different freewares as sharewares. In order to avoid this, so you have to pay more attention to the installation process of such programs and find this check mark that says that you agree to install Linkey on your computer.  If Linkey virus manages to enter its target PC system, it shows up on all web browsers that are installed on it. That’s because it's compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other well browsers. In addition, it starts collecting data that is related to victim's search sessions and then begins to display annoying pop-up ads. After clicking them, you may be redirected to its affiliate sites, such as or, that seek to increase their page rank or sales. If you don't want to be tricked into visiting unknown, unsafe, questionable and suspicious places, you should remove Linkey from your computer.

To sum up, this program technically is not a virus but it is clear that it is capable of initiating various issues for PC users. No matter that it claims that it is capable of improving one's browsing on the Internet, you should be very careful with Linkey adware. It may start acting up by displaying continuous pop-up advertisements, initiating browser’s redirections or slow downs and causing similar unwanted things. In order to avoid that, you should remove this browser add-on. For that we highly recommend using SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware that is capable of finding and eliminating such apps without a delay.


We have already mentioned how people are tricked into installing this adware on their computers. It can be downloaded voluntarily or it may show up on the system after downloading freeware and shareware. If you think that you have already missed the check mark that says ‘I agree to install Linkey on my computer’, you will find this program on each of your web browsers. Besides, it may also alter your start page and default search engine to and initiate other system changes. However, the most important thing about Linkey is that it may be set to track people's browsing activity and collect such information as computer’s IP address, browser’s type, cookie information and similar. In order to avoid that, you should start monitoring installation of every freeware. Please, select only Custom or Advanced installation when downloading video streaming software, download managers and similar applications. If you have just noticed that your start page was changed to, you should check your PC for this adware. For that you can follow a guide below:


If you were tricked into downloading Linkey, please follow these instructions and remove this freeware from the system:

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Manual Linkey Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Linkey and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / 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.
Uninstall Linkey and related programs
  • Here, look for Linkey or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

from Mac OS X system

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Linkey or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Uninstall Linkey from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

from Internet Explorer (IE)

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.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Linkey and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select '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 preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and 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 Linkey removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Linkey and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select '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 Linkey removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Linkey and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs 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.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Linkey removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 3

from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Linkey or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Linkey removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 3: Complete Linkey removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Linkey registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of Linkey

Map reveals the prevalence of Linkey. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Germany and United States.

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Comments on Linkey

The problem I have is that only a few programs show up when the "Delete programs" list is populated. (Im running Windows 7 64-bit.) All of them alphabetically from "Lame" to "Reading Acceleration Machine" (And the others are all "Microsoft this" or "Microsoft that" and neither Linkey nor anything labelled "Aztec" appears. (Nor do any of the other many programs Ive installed, although they seem to work.) I did remove the Linkey icon from the task bar, but I doubt if that actually removed the program.
Says cannot find device driver software when trying to remove from program list ?*
That was happening to me also because I downloaded it when I installed a free audio/video recorder. To remove it from opening as a new tab -- go to: Control Panel > Internet options> Programs > Manage Add-Ons > Search Providers. Then you should be able to select Linkey and disable it. One caveat... I am not sure which OS you have so there may be some differences. I have Windows 8. Best of Luck!
I dont have linkey in my extensions and it still keeps popping up when I open a new tab.
Unable to remove linkey throught control panel. In the middle of uninstalling, I get this message "Linkey-uninstall has stopped working"
I get a "windows installer" popup on the Windows 7 desktop, every hour or so, asking if I want to install an unknown program. By hitting "next," you can read how its about to install a program called Linkey. At which point I immediately kill the installer using Control Panel. But how do I get rid of these persistent popups, please? I dont even know from where they are originating. I have not installed anything recently on my machine.

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