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Remove Linkbucks.com virus

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Linkbucks.com redirect | Type: Adware

What is Linkbucks.com?

Linkbucks.com is a social advertising network, which can be used for showing commercial content while people are browsing on the web. However, it has been applied not only for harmless activities, such as showing useful content while people are browsing on the web. Beware that this program has also been applied by hackers for causing their own pop-up ads and notifications. Beware that the most of such ads claim that user’s programs are out of date. You may be informed that you need to download Java, Flash Player, FLV Player and similar programs. Please, stay away from update now button because it seeks the only thing – to mislead you and to infect your PC with adwares, browser hijackers and similar suspicious programs that can also be found as PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). Besides, if Linkbucks.com ads have been following you while you were searching the web, you should also think about scanning your computer with updated anti-spyware. That’s because there is a huge possibility that your computer is already affected by adware-type program. Such programs have been spread in a bundle with free downloads. If you haven’t been monitoring their installation, there is no surprise that one of them is hiding in your PC.

To sum up, Linkbucks.com is not a virus. However, it has been misused by cyber criminals for showing misleading content. Besides, it is related to adware-type programs that are capable of hijacking all of web browsers and may even be used for tracking PC users and their browsing activity. If you have been suffering from Linkbucks.com ads, you should use a guide below or simply run a full system scan with updated anti-spyware. In this particular case, you can use ReimageIntego.

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How can linkbucks.com hijack my computer?

Linkbucks.com adware can be downloaded from the Internet in a bundle with freeware and shareware. Similarly to browser hijackers and other PUPs, it is presented as a useful part of the freeware that can be prevented only after selecting Custom or Advanced installation method. So, make sure that you select one of them when downloading your next download. Otherwise, you may discover that your computer is packed with various free additions that are capable of tracking you and causing annoying ads during your browsing. In order to prevent infiltration of Linkbucks.com-related adware or similar threats, you should use the tips that has already been mentioned in this post and choose Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. If you think that it has already infiltrated your machine, you should think about fixing all of your web browsers because it may start causing continuous redirections on all of your web browsers. In fact, Linkbucks redirects could not be the only thing that are initiated by this virus. It may also try to trick you into altering your default search engine or the homepage, may display commercial pop-up ads or may also make you to install other potentially unwanted programs on the system.

How to remove linkbucks.com virus?

It’s not hard to get rid of linkbucks.com redirections. For that you should use this guide:

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To remove Linkbucks.com virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Linkbucks.com from Windows systems

To remove Linkbucks.com virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Linkbucks.com virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Uninstall Linkbucks.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Linkbucks.com virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Linkbucks.com virus-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Linkbucks.com virus, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Linkbucks.com virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Linkbucks.com virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Linkbucks.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Linkbucks.com virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Linkbucks.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Linkbucks.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Linkbucks.com virus-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Linkbucks.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Linkbucks.com virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Linkbucks.com virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Linkbucks.com virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Linkbucks.com from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Linkbucks.com virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Linkbucks.com virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Linkbucks.com virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Linkbucks.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Linkbucks.com virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

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  1. Octav says:
    February 23rd, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I tried to use Mc Afee, SpyHunter and Hitman Pro and none of them removed Linkbucks from my Window 8. I dont know what other proffessional spyware to use. I had the impression that I wasted money for nothing.

  2. hasna says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    i downloaded spyhunter but i have no changer, linkbucks is still popping up

  3. Jenjea says:
    May 15th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Are you aware that putting links to anything sends a lot us directly to the linkbucks site? Impossible to get anything not on this page.

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