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Remove Linkury SmartBar (Removal Guide) - updated Feb 2018

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Linkury SmartBar – search provider which is not safe to keep on your PC

Linkury is one of these search viruses that do not pose direct harm to computers or their owners.[1] Nevertheless, the name of this questionable browser extension has already received some negative feedback on various security forums and software review sites.

If you are not happy with its services, you can simply carry out Linkury SmartBar removal and choose to use some different browser assistant instead. Beware that it can attack Mac, as well as Windows operating systems.

Linkury has mostly been spread bundled with freeware and shareware[2] as an optional addition to the software. As a result, there are hundreds of users who have been “surprised” by its unexpected appearance.

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Linkury SmartBar is a browser helper object which installs on the computer without permission and brings along a different homepage and search engine. None of the changes it makes on the computer depend on the user.

In addition to its poor distribution method, Linkury initiates several changes on the affected computer system and starts annoying its victims with commercial pop-up notifications, redirects to affiliate websites, slowdowns and similar activity. The main reason why it causes these symptoms is that this software is free and its creators have to find a way to monetize it.[3]

By no means, we recommend ignoring Linkury redirects or extensive advertising on your computer! Otherwise, this toolbar can redirect you to websites owned by shady third-parties that are seeking to infect their users or swindle their personal information.

Besides, Linkury may act a bit like adware-type program[4] and start tracking you and your activity on the Internet. Of course, the date it collects, including your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that you enter on each of these websites are most likely gathered to improve the Linkury SmartBar services. Nevertheless, though such information is considered non-personally identifiable [5], it may reveal more than you which to disclose.

To avoid Linkury virus and its pop-up ads, redirects, tracking, and similar activities, you should pay more attention to the freeware installation. However, you can get rid of its commercial pop-up ads only by removing this application from the system. If it has already shown up on your computer, you should run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and remove Linkury with just one click.

Distribution techniques are closely related to bundling

This app can be downloaded from its official website as a search assistant which is ready to improve users' search sessions. However, as we have already mentioned in the first part of this description, it may also arrive on your PC bundled with other programs.

This distribution method is very popular among such programs as adware, search engines, toolbars and similar applications. Because it is not considered to be malicious, it has been actively used to promote these apps behind users' back.

Fortunately, you can prevent PUPs without much effort. To stop their infiltration, you should choose only “Custom” or “Advanced” installation method when downloading freeware from the web. Once you do so, you should uncheck pre-checked check marks that allow installation of optional additions.

This procedure is much easier and faster than Linkury removal option. However, if your web browser has already been affected, don't waste your time and use following steps to fix it.

Linkury SmartBar removal steps

Linkury SmartBar virus is not an actual cyber infection, so you can easily remove it manually or automatically. For manual removal option, you have to open the list of the programs installed on your computer and remove the ones that could be related to this virus. Make sure you get rid of Linkury related entries, Yontoo, and similar apps.

Also, if you can't think of yourself as an advanced computer user, you should think about automatic Linkury removal from your browser. In this case, check the list of programs that we recommend using while trying to get rid of this browser hijacker. After selecting the one that you like, follow its installation wizard to install it on your computer and run a full system scan. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Linkury SmartBar, follow these steps:

Get rid of Linkury SmartBar from Windows systems

Removing Linkury from Windows OS is easy. Follow steps that are given below to finish virus removal in a couple of minutes.

  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 Linkury SmartBar and related programs
    Here, look for Linkury SmartBar 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'

Erase Linkury SmartBar 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 Linkury SmartBar 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'

Delete Linkury SmartBar from Internet Explorer (IE)

After you uninstall Linkury SmartBar from your computer, don't forget to remove it from your browsers too. Follow instructions below to eliminate all suspicious extensions from 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 Linkury SmartBar 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 Linkury SmartBar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Linkury SmartBar from Microsoft Edge

If you are planning to stop using this search provider, get rid of related extensions from Microsoft Edge. Here are the instructions how to do it:

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, Linkury SmartBar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Linkury SmartBar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To uninstall Linkury SmartBar from Mozilla Firefox, use the following guide:

  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 Linkury SmartBar 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Linkury SmartBar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Linkury SmartBar from Google Chrome

To fix Chrome browser, you need to remove related extensions and reset the browser by following steps provided here:

  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 Linkury SmartBar 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Linkury SmartBar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Linkury SmartBar 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 Linkury SmartBar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Linkury SmartBar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Sandy says:
    January 28th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    My laptop suddenly became unusable early Jan 2015, so much so I had to shut down manually as everything disappeared from my screen. I reopened it in safe mode with networking and used my free Emsisoft removal tool on full scan which quarantined 147 files – all linkury! Laptop has been running fine ever since.

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