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Remove Nav-Links (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Oct 2019

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Nav-Links is an adware application that offers various deals but also infuses web browsers with intrusive ads

Nav-LinksNav-Links is an adware program that displays unwanted ads continually on Google Chrome or another browser

Nav-Links is an advertising platform that is often misused by potentially unwanted programs, namely, adware.[1] Unwanted applications often infest users' machines after the installation of freeware/shareware from third-party sites, as the optional component, which is actually a PUP, is hidden within Advanced settings of the installation wizard. Therefore, the infiltration of Nav-Links is rarely noticed by users, although they will soon start seeing pop-ups, coupons, deals, offers, discounts, and other commercial content on their browsers.

While Nav-Links adware specializes in such schemes as pay-per-click, pay-per-install,[2] and targeted advertisement, some unsafe apps may redirect users to scam, tech support, or even malware-laden sites. Besides, while infected, they are more prone to install other potentially unwanted programs that alter the settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer to introduce more adverts on all sites users visit.

Name Nav-Links
Related Intext.nav-links.com, Nav-Links.com, Plus HD, Button for Google Drive, Button for LinkedIn
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Affected browsers Unwanted programs mainly target Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers
Infiltration  In most cases, users get infected with adware or other potentially unwanted programs when introducing freeware or shareware apps to the system, due to the so-called software bundling technique. Alternatively, users may install adware after being tricked by a fake ad or an attractive offer
Potential dangers  Users are more likely to install other potentially unwanted programs during web browsing that might pose a threat to computer security;  additionally, they can also be redirected to scam sites that urge to call fake PC repair technicians, consequently losing their money for fake support services
Symptoms Symptoms may vary, but most common ones include:

  • Pop-ups, banners, coupons, deals, and other commercial content displayed on all sites that users visit
  • Redirects lead users to unknown, inappropriate or even dangerous sites
  • Sponsored links presented at the top of search results
  • Web browser and computer operation speed is deteriorating
  • Unknown programs or browser extensions installed without permission
Termination  To stop the unwanted activities on their browsers, users need to get rid of adware extension or a program – the instructions for the process are presented at the bottom of this post
Recovery We highly recommend using complementary software to your anti-virus – Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. By using it, you can recover from any malware or PUP infection in just a few seconds

Once infected with the Nav-Links virus, users may experience strange browser behavior, and the signs of the infection are the only reason users start becoming more aware that their computers are affected by a PUP. In some cases, users might start seeing advertisement banners and other ads that are marked as follows:

  • Nav-Links ads
  • Powered by Nav-Links
  • Brought to you by Nav-Links
  • Ads by Nav-Links, etc.

Nevertheless, Nav-Links ads are usually unmarked, and users might sometimes think that they are embedded within the website that they are visiting. However, in reality, the ad content is a virtual layer that is placed on the browsers regardless of which sites are visited.

Nav-Links adsNav-Links is a potentially unwanted application that might record information about users' web browsing sessions

Most of the commercial content that users encounter usually lead them to affiliated sites that are completely safe to use (for example, eBay), although some of Nav-Links ads might be unsafe. Users might occasionally be redirected several times and the final destination will be a tech support scam, spoofing, or even malware-filled site. Thus, it is vital not to interact with such content, as it is easily possible to infect your machine with rootkit,[3] trojan, cryptojacker, or other malicious software.

Nav-Links removal should not cause much troubles to you, especially if ads and redirects are caused by a browser extension – check out the guide below. You should also reset all the installed browsers and scan your machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for best results.

Do not rush through the installation process of new programs and don't get tricked by attractive offers or fake updates

Quite often, users are careless when it comes to computer safety and, while most already known about obvious hazards like pirated software downloads, they are still unaware of other threats that might be lurking on third-party sites. Most of the time, users infect their machines with potentially unwanted programs due to the hasty installation of freeware obtained from third-party sites. For example, clicking the “Next” button until the installation is finished is very common, and most users are guilty of not picking Advanced/Custom installation settings.

On its own, software bundling is not evil – offering to try out software to users is a good thing. However, the problems behind when optional apps are deliberately berried within the installer, and users struggle to notice all the deals in the first place. Offers should be presented clearly, without trying to mislead end users. Unfortunately, many unfair software distributors and developers still abuse the fact that users are careless, and infect their machines with adware or even malware.

Thus, be attentive while navigating through the internet – read up on the app online before installing it. Also, be aware that fake Flash updates or bogus virus alerts are often used to propagate PUPs. Finally, install security software that is capable of stopping unwanted apps before they manage to enter.

Nav-Links in-text linksUsers infected with Nav-Links claimed that text on websites was turned into hyperlinks leading to unknown sites

Get rid of Nav-Links ads

Adware, while not considered as serious computer infection, should not be ignored, as its prolonged prescience may result in other PUP or even malware infections. Therefore, Nav-Links removal should not be delayed. For that, you should follow the instructions we provide below for Windows and Mac operating systems. Be aware that there might be multiple PUPs installed on your system, so you have to make sure that all of them are terminated.

If you do not want to waste your time, you can also remove Nav-Links using anti-malware software that specializes in PUP detection. This way, all the unwanted components will be terminated automatically in just a few seconds.

Regardless of which way you pick for potentially unwanted program termination, you should also reset all the installed browsers, or Nav-Links ads might show up repeatedly.

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To remove Nav-Links, follow these steps:

Uninstall Nav-Links from Windows systems

To remove Nav-Links from your Windows computer, access Programs and Features section via the COntrol Panel:

To remove Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links (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.

Erase Nav-Links from Mac OS X system

Macs often suffer from adware infections. Check for potentially unwanted applications and terminate them as explained below:

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

Remove Nav-Links from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Nav-Links-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 Nav-Links, 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 Nav-Links and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Nav-Links-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links-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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Nav-Links from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome following the PUP removal:

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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links-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 Nav-Links removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Justin says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    THanks it helps a lot

  2. Ed says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Damn it turns out mine was hidden in my old roblox game folder. im just glad its gone 😀

  3. feitosa - from Brasil says:
    September 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    thanks a lot man

  4. Milton says:
    September 30th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I found the easiest way to remove the nav-links crap. If you use Windows just go to their site and download the “fix-it” guy for IE. Takes almost a second to work. Killed it in everything for me.

  5. katersenay says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Restore browser settings to their original defaults.

  6. katersenay says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    In Settings>Show advanced settings…>Reset browser settings.
    For Google Chrome.

  7. Pauline says:
    November 4th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Thanks so much Katersenay. Work perfect to all browsers.

  8. Liam says:
    November 28th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I cant thank you enough. This program has been annoying me for months and I was very frustrated on what it is and how to remove it. I pity people that still have this program downloaded. I was seriously considering resetting my computer back to factory mode. Katersenays step of:
    settings>show advanced settings…> Reset browser settings fixes it for crome completly.
    THANK YOU

  9. Jeyaraj Xavier says:
    December 1st, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    what about firefox ?
    my email: jeyarajx@gmail.com

  10. Bart says:
    December 30th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the post, to help me get rid of this little piece of shitty adware.

  11. Ur mum says:
    March 4th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks really much

  12. Fitz says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I just found this on my PC under the name “Default Tab”. In the Applications and As a FireFox Extension

  13. FireFly says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Nothing in the post showed up or worked for me. I looked down into the comments, tried the method suggested by Katersenay and it was instantly fixed. Thank you!

  14. Kev says:
    May 29th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Could anyone help me get rid of this annoying malware from my Safari, Mac?? Please.. And does anyone know where this malware come from?

  15. 喵帕斯~ says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 3:09 am

    thanks very much!

  16. blue says:
    June 25th, 2014 at 3:13 am

    katersenay, Thanks worked in seconds

  17. Firdi says:
    April 6th, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    thanks a lot..

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