Monday, September 23, 2013

Remove Linkswift Ads – Linkswift Removal Guideline

‘Few days ago, I have posted in another forum regard the Linkswift ads that my computer have obtained by download free games. Several days have passed; I never receive any response to my petty computer problem then. Now, Linkswift has blown into a virus. It is all over my computer. Excessive pop-up ads from Linkswift are flooding my desktop. Sometimes when browsing the Internet, this malware will control my browser and redirect my searches to unknown web sites.’ – reported by one of its victims.

Dangers from Linkswift Ads

It has been found that linkswift popup virus are seen to be with, the pushy browser hijacker collecting information and slowing down overall computer performance. After reading the quotation, one should realize that linkswift ads should be exterminated as soon as possible even if it is not all over the browser yet. With its arbitrary codes inserted into the kernel part of the system, linkswift ad is able to form vulnerability on a target machine, introducing additional virus in., loading down junks to ruin the whole PC performance.

FAQ: How do I remove linkswift ads permanently?

Efforts are believed to have made in removing linkswift ads listed as follow:
Run a couple of scans, manage to throw some malicious files into the quarantine area;
  • Open up popup blocker;
  • Uninstall and reinstall browser (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE);
  • Search for and delete files and folders
  • Uninstall program that is suspected to bring linkswift ads in.
After the hard works, minor improvement on the computer can seen, however, linkswift ads remains and some infections cannot be deleted by reputable antivirus program. So quarantining them is the last resort?

Below is the effective solution to linkswift ads. Be sure you are technically sound and following the steps without deviation; otherwise, disfunctions can be seen thereafter.


Steps to Remove Linkswift Ads

Step1: Reset browser that is with linkswift ad.

- Internet Explorer

1.    Open Internet Explorer.
2.    Click on the Tools menu and then select Internet Options.
3.    In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab. Then click on the Restore Defaults button and then press OK.

- Firefox

1. Click on the Firefox button > Help > Troubleshooting information.

2. A new window pops up with a box containing ‘Reset Firefox’ button on the left uppers corner of the web page:

3. A box pops up for confirmation, please click ‘Reset Firefox’:

- Google Chrome

1. choose ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu.

2. select ‘Options’.

3. click ‘Under the Hood’ tab on ‘Options’ window.

4. Click ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.

Step2: Disable linkswift pop up ads by build-in functionality:

- Mozilla Firefox users
1) Open Mozilla Firefox.
2) Click Tools.
3) Click Options.
4) Click the Web features button on the left hand side of the Options window.
5) Remove any site including linkswift ad you wish to block.

- Microsoft Internet Explorer
1) Open Internet Explorer.
2) Click Tools.
3) Click Options.
4) Click the Privacy tab.
5) At the bottom of the Privacy tab you should have a Pop-up Blocker section. Check "Block pop-ups" option to remove linkswift ads.

- Google Chrome
Use Google Toolbar that includes a free popup blocker to remove linkswift ads.

Step3: Show hidden files and folders to find out and delete any item associated with linkswift ad as such adware is programmed to be capable of hiding its components.

- for Windows 7/XP/Vista users
a.    Open ‘Control Panel’ from Start menu and search for ‘Folder Options’.
b.    Under View tab to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ and then click ‘OK’.

- for Windows 8 users

a. open Windows Explorer by
  • opening My Computer or any folder.
  • clicking on Windows Explorer application from Start Screen.
(either of the above two options will work)
b. Select View tab on Windows Explorer window, you will get numbers of options.
c. Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.


- Windows 8
Start screen -> type‘regedit' -> hit Enter key -> navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERS to find and delete related items to linkswift ad.

- Windows 7/Vista/XP
Go to the Registry Editor to delete entries related to  linkswift ad by typing ‘regedit’ (without quptation) in Run box.

To permanently remove linkswift ads, you need to always follow good PC practice since it is likely to get infected again online if you don’t use cautions. In addition, be sure that all the hidden items related to linkswift ads are removed completely in a bid to avoid any possibility of its reimage because of a tiny piece of leftover. If one knows little about computers, it is highly recommended to go through the steps guided by online computer experts. For the sake of computer health, it is also recommended to update oneself with virus list on a regular base.

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