Title: Linkey
Type: Adware
Also known as: Linkey Project

Remove Linkey
Removal instructions

Severity scale:Linkey severity is 10  (10 / 100)

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:

  • Uninstall all programs that are related to Linkey:
  1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Uninstall a Program.
  2. Here, look for Linkey and similar entries. 
  3. Click 'Uninstall' and OK to save the changes.
  • Fix each of your browsers:

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘ -> ”Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and uninstall Linkey and other unknown extensions.
  2. Click ''Tools' -> 'Manage addons' -> ‘Search Providers’ and choose the search engine you used before.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’; find Linkey and similar entries and click ‘Uninstall’.
  2. Go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’ and reset the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or similar search page.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu button, select 'Tools' -> 'Extensions', find Linkey and other unknown extensions, and remove them by clicking Recycle bin.
  2. Now click 'Settings' -> 'Manage search engines' and change your default search engine.

Automatic Linkey removal:

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Geolocation of Linkey:

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

QR code for Linkey removal instructions:

Linkey 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 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.

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Information added: 2014-05-15 05:42:34
Information updated: 2014-05-15 05:42:34

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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.
Unable to remove linkey throught control panel. In the middle of uninstalling, I get this message "Linkey-uninstall has stopped working"
I dont have linkey in my extensions and it still keeps popping up when I open a new tab.
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!

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