LinkSafeness is a misleading anti-spyware application that reports false or exaggerated system security threats/infections and constantly displays fake security alerts to trick you into thinking that your computer is infected with malware. This application is from the same family (WiniSoft) as AntiAID rogue. Once installed, Link Safeness will perform several fake system scans and list a variety of infections or potentially dangerous files. However, it won’t remove those infections unless you purchase this bogus application. We strongly recommend you not to do so. Instead, you should uninstall LinkSafeness from your computer upon detection.
[Figure 1. LinkSafeness graphical user interface]
Usually, LinkSafeness is promoted through the use of Trojan viruses. Trojans are mostly distributed via fake online scanners, misleading websites and using social engineering. Once active, Trojan virus downloads rogue files and displays fake security alerts stating that your computer is infected or under attack by an Internet virus. LinkSafeness has its home page too – linksafeness.com. This websites is not very dangerous, however you shouldn’t visit it anyway. Note that it promotes entirely different product called Virus Protector [Figure 2]. Linksafeness.com is full of fake reviews, false information that’s why it should be added to the list of potentially harmful websites.
[Figure 2. Linksafeness.com – the home page of LinkSafeness]
When running, LinkSafeness will flood your computer with fake security alert and notifications from Windows task bar. The fake alerts state:
Then the rogue will impersonate Windows Security Center and claim that you should activate LinkSafeness in order to ensure full system protection [Figure 3].
[Figure 3. LinkSafeness – fake Windows Security Center]
Last, but not least, LinkSafeness will modify Windows Hosts files, disable anti-virus software and block security related websites to protect itself from being deleted. It can disable Task Manager, Registry Editor and System Restore too. It should be already obvious that Link Safeness is nothing more but a scam. Please so not purchase it. If your PC is already infected, use the removal guide below to remove LinkSafeness from your computer manually for free. Then make to perform full system scan with a legitimate anti-spyware application and remove the remains or additionally installed malware. If you have already purchased it, please contact your credit card company as soon as possible and dispute the charges.
LinkSafeness manual removal:
Delete registry values:
C:Program FilesLinkSafeness Software
C:Program FilesLinkSafeness SoftwareLinkSafeness
C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsLinkSafeness