Linkey is a browser plugin, which can be downloaded from the Internet. However, in most of the cases it sneaks inside computers in a bundle with freeware and shareware as a ‘free addition’ or ‘additional download’. 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. When this program enters the system, it shows up on all web browsers that are installed on it. That’s because it's compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Technically, Linkey is not a virus. However, it may start acting up by displaying continuous pop-up advertisements, initiating browser’s redirections and causing similar things. In order to avoid that, you should remove Linkey.
We have already mentioned how people are tricked into installing this adware on their computers when downloading freeware and shareware. If you 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 linkeyproject.com 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. If you noticed that your start page was changed to Linkeyproject.com, 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:
You can remove Linkey 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.
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.
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 Linkey:
• 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
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 Linkey 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 Linkey right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
Information added: 2014-08-13 01:50
Information updated: 2014-08-13 01:50