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Remove Linkey “Virus” on Mac/Safari (Nov. 2018 Update)

This page aims to help you remove Linkey “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac OSX.

A program such as Linkey could easily hijack your Safari,Firefox, Chrome (or any other) browser without asking for your permission. This is probably one of the most irritating pieces of software that you may encounter because, once it becomes part of your system, you may not be able to browse the web in peace unless you fully uninstall it. The reason is, Linkey “Virus” operates as a browser hijacker and may impose some changes on your browser settings which might be potentially unwanted and may decrease the quality of your Internet experience. Typically, what you may expect from a browser hijacker is for it to replace your default search engine or homepage, to install some new toolbars or to initiate a page-redirecting service to certain sponsored websites and to display various difficult-to-remove ads, pop-ups, banners and promotional links during the time you browse the web. All these activities could create irritation and disturbance to the web users and are usually the main reason why page-redirecting and browser-infiltrating software such as Linkey “Virus” is mostly regarded as potentially unwanted. In fact, many people, when faced with such software, seek methods to uninstall it from the system in order to rid themselves of the exposure to unfamiliar ads and of certain online risks related to clicking on randomly displayed web-advertising content. 

Linkey “Virus”

Eliminating a browser hijacker, however, is oftentimes a tricky task. In most of the cases, browser components like Linkey do not have an intuitive uninstallation manager like most of the normal programs. That’s why, in order to be effectively removed, the hijackers need to first be located inside the system with the help of a professional removal software or manually, with the help of a step-by-step removal guide. The good news is that, as tricky as it is, the detection of Linkey is still not as complex as dealing with a noxious Ransomware or with a Trojan Horse virus (or with some other form of malware). So, if you follow the instructions below just as they are shown, you can clean your system without any serious risk. Alternatively, if the manual steps in the Removal Guide are too advanced for you, you can use the professional Linkey removal tool, which can deal with the unwanted program automatically.

Can Linkey damage my computer?

A browser hijacker is a piece of software, which is not created to cause harm. Unlike popular computer threats such as Spyware viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and Worms, this software type isn’t known for conducting any criminal activities and is unlikely to damage your system in a serious way. Normally, the specialty of the hijacker is to display pay-per-click ads and to redirect the web users to promoted websites. These activities are entirely marketing driven and their aim is to generate revenue and traffic to the promoted sites and displayed ads.

Despite not being malicious, however, such redirects and randomly displayed links, pop-ups, ads and sponsored messages might lead to some negative consequences such as the exposure to hidden dangers and unreliable web locations. For this reason, it is inadvisable for the users to click on the advertising materials that the hijacker displays on their screen. It is also recommended to uninstall the undesirable software and to remove its search engine components, promoted toolbars and homepages from the browser because there is simply no need to risk your machine’s safety and accidentally come across serious computer threats when you least expect it. On this page, we have suggested two reliable methods of dealing with Linkey in a safe and effective manner and you most probably won’t face any difficulties with using them.

How to avoid programs like Linkey in the future?

Pesky apps like Linkey are usually distributed for free all around the web. They could be found in software bundles with other free and attractive applications, in torrents, in spam messages, in free download links, shareware platforms, spam and email attachments, ad-supported websites, browser add-ons and more. That’s why, in order to keep your PC hijacker-free, you need to be careful when interacting with this kind of web content.

If you often download different free apps from various random developers and from freeware platforms, make sure that you check for bundled programs in the package. This can easily be done by selecting the Advanced or the Custom installation options when running the setup and disabling any “recommended” or “additional” components, which are optional and might look unreliable or unwanted.

Remove Linkey “Virus”

Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.

Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.


Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.


Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.


Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.

In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.


Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.

If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.

Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.


Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.

For Chrome users

Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.

For Firefox users

Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.

For IE users

When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.


Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.

If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.

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