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Linkonclick.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Linkonclick.com is a browser hijacker that can expose a potentially dangerous content to its user

Linkonclick.com takes over web browser's sessions

Linkonclick.com is a deceptive search site that keeps spreading on the Internet since 2015. Since the detection, it is referred to as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to the ability to infiltrate PCs without permission[1] and appear as a default start page, search provider, and a new tab URL on Chrome and other web browsers. Such web browsers modifications are followed by misleading redirects and a significant increment of intrusive online ads.

Name Linkonclick.com
Type Browser hijacker
Active since 2015
Distribution Bundling (spreads as an extension of free applications)
Web browsers compatible Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari
Symptoms Linkonclick.com set as a default start page, search provider, new tab URL. Common redirects to related domains. Many online ads
Elimination Users of the Linkonclick.com hijacked web browsers can download Reimage and run a scan with it or follow manual removal instructions at the end of this post. 

According to the stats, Linkonclick.com virus attacks prevails in US, Indonesia, India, Venezuela, and Brazil. However, people across the whole world can easily download this misleading search site accidentally. That's because it is distributed as a freeware attachment.

Although you can find an appealing Linkonclick.com description of the freeware's setup, do not fall for accepting the offer. Instead of promised shopping assistance or similar services, the extension might initiate activities that are necessary for generating income for its developers and partners.

Despite the fact that it's not malicious, experts from Lesvirus.fr[2] warn about the risk that it poses and induce people to initiate a full Linkonclick.com removal. These are the facts about the search that the experts stress:

  • It infiltrates PCs without asking permission directly. Right after that, web browser's settings (extensions, search engine, start page, new tab URL, etc.) are modified without authorization;
  • The extension uses helper objects to evade Linkonclick.com removal;
  • Kept on the system for a long time can multiply the number of malware installed;
  • Linkonclick.com virus collaborates with third parties. It is highly involve in affiliate marketing and might seek to promote doubtful websites;
  • Some of the sites might be filled with adult content or misleading offers to download software updates or scan the system for the virus;
  • Linkonclick.com installer carries tracking cookies that are later injected into the web browser. Consequently, Search
  • Data and some pieces of sensitive data (IP address, email address, approximate geographical location, name or sometimes even telephone number) start leaking to third-party servers. 

It's a must to remove Linkonclick.com to keep the system malware free. The smallest piece of malware on the system gradually diminishes its performance and decrease its vulnerability,[3] so it's important to keep anti-virus program updated and activated.

Linkonclick.com is a PUP that can display potentially dangerous content

We recommend to scan the system with Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes to get rid of the hijacker from the system. A full system scan with a reputable anti-malware will make the process easier and ensure its successfulness.

Nevertheless, those who prefer deletion of unwanted programs in a regular way can find a guide on how to get rid of Linkonclick.com virus manually at the end of this article.

Install freeware carefully not to get infected with the browser hijacker

If you are familiar with the terms , such as “By clicking Next I agree to install XXX” or “I agree to use XXX as my start page” during the installation of free apps, then you must have heard about bundling. The term refers to a misleading distribution strategy of legitimate apps and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

The scheme of bundling is simple: freeware is filled with PUPs, which are represented as “recommended” free downloads that could improve web browser's experience. Of course, freeware developers receive a fee for distributing PUPs that's why they keep doing that despite various accusation from cybersecurity experts.

However, bundling remains legitimate since it discloses all the extras and allows rejecting their installation, but there's a catch. If people opt for Quick or Recommended setup, all the extras are installed by default. The only way to opt out of them is to pick Advanced or Custom installation option and remove check marks next to statements regarding your agreement to install add-ons, toolbars or plug-ins.

Eliminate Linkonclick.com virus in a quick way

Manual and automatic removal methods are both applicable in case if Linkonclick.com hijack. However, the usage of a reputable anti-malware would save your time and ensure the removal of all PUPs.

Manual Linkonclick.com removal might be a difficult task because it might be difficult to identify a related application. Besides, it might have been installed along with a bunch of other PUPs that need to be removed either. Otherwise, Linkonclick.com URL and reappear on your web browser after each system's reboot.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Linkonclick.com, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Linkonclick.com from Windows systems

Boot the system into Safe Mode with Networking if the malware blocks your attempts to launch anti-malware:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall Linkonclick.com and related programs
    Here, look for Linkonclick.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Linkonclick.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Delete Linkonclick.com from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Linkonclick.com 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'
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Erase Linkonclick.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Linkonclick.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Linkonclick.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate Linkonclick.com from Microsoft Edge

It's a must to reset your web browser to restore its state before Linkonclick.com virus attack.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Linkonclick.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Linkonclick.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Linkonclick.com 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Linkonclick.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Linkonclick.com from Google Chrome

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Linkonclick.com 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Linkonclick.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Linkonclick.com from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Linkonclick.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Linkonclick.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Linkonclick.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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