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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-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,, 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 ads
Nav-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 links
Users 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:

  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 Nav-Links and related programs
    Here, look for Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links from Mac OS X system

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

  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 Nav-Links 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'

Get rid of Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Nav-Links from Microsoft Edge

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, Nav-Links should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Nav-Links from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome following the PUP removal:

  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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links 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 Nav-Links removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 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. 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.

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

    what about firefox ?
    my email:

  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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