LinkSwift is a potentially unwanted application that is deployed using a deceptive software marketing method called pooling. This browser add-in is installed together with free software downloaded from the Internet. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and promises to improve the user’s Internet browsing experience by showing coupon ads, website ratings and adding other features that would supposedly make “your time on the web worthy”. Notice that although such added features may seem legitimate, many computer users refer to LinkSwift as a virus or malware. Such negative associations stem from the fact that most commonly Internet users install LinkSwift without their consent, furthermore this browser plug-in generates different intrusive ads.
After successful penetration into Internet browsers LinkSwift will generate coupon ads, search ads and pop-up advertisements, notice that when you click on these ads are not recommended as they can lead to serious security and privacy problems. This the browser plug-in is not a virus or malware, it can be classified as being a potentially unwanted application or adware, it is recommended to remove it from one’s computer.
LinkSwift is similar to the other potentially unwanted applications that are placed on the use of free software downloads, for example DiamonData, Web Layers, BrowseFox and may other. At the time of testing this adware was bundled with VLC media player. Notice that VLC is an open source program and is not associated with any adware. Deceptive free software download sites are using the popularity of this free program in order to distribute adware and generate revenue from Internet users who fell for this scam and installed potentially unwanted browser add-in on your computer. To be safe when downloading VLC or any other popular free program you should use the official developers website. Internet users should know that today the majority of free software download sites use download clients that often promote installation of free browser add-ons. Notice that in many cases the listed download customers are misleading and it’s very hard to notice the “decline” button which would opt-out the installation of the upgraded software. To avoid installing unwanted browser add-ons Internet users should be very careful when dealing with the freeware downloads. The major indication of the presence of LinkSwift are “LinkSwift Ads” and “Powered by LinkSwift” ads when browsing the Internet. To remove this browser extension follow the provided uninstallation instructions.
Windows 7 users:
Click “Start” (“Windows Logo” in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose “Control Panel”. Locate “Programs and Features”.
Windows XP users:
Click “Start”, select “Settings” and click “Control Panel”. Locate and click “Add or Remove Programs”. Locate “Programs and Features”.Download Removal Toolto remove LinkSwift
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s lower left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window select “Uninstall a Program”.
In the Remove programs window look for “LinkSwift”, select the entry and click “Uninstall” or “Remove”
After removal LinkSwift scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended anti-spyware software.
Remove LinkSwift from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove the unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove LinkSwift from Internet Explorer:
Click “Tools” (or gear icon at Internet Explorer 9), select “Manage Add-ons”. Look for “LinkSwift” and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of LinkSwift you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click “Start”, click “Run”, in the opened window type “inetcpl. cpl “. In the opened window click on “Advanced” tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box, type “inetcpl. cpl “and click enter. In the opened window click on “Advanced” tab, then click Reset.
Remove LinkSwift from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select “Tools” and click on “Extensions”. Locate: “LinkSwift” select it and click on a trash can icon.
If LinkSwift extension is grayed out and you can not remove it (“This extension is managed and cannot be removed for disabled”) please follow this removal guide- how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove LinkSwift from Mozilla FireFox:
Download Removal Toolto remove LinkSwift
Click “Tools” (at the top of the window), select “Add-ons”. Click on “Extensions” and disable this add-in: “LinkSwift”.
If you are having problems with the removal of LinkSwift you can reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click “FireFox”, in the open drop down menu select Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on “Reset FireFox” button.