Linkey Virus Removal Guide
Linkey is a malicious program classified as a browser hijacker. This application is usually distributed with freeware. When the browser hijacker infiltrates the system it changes some settings of the internet browser. The application will set your default search engine and homepage to default-search.net.
Linkey is a useless search engine as the provided results are filled with sponsored links and ads. Furthermore, the browser hijacker is capable of collecting data concerning your searches. The purpose of the application is to increase the ranking of specific websites in search results. By doing this, the developers generate income.
Although the Linkey is formally not a virus, it has similarities. For example, the app has some features which allow it to infiltrate deeply into the system, just like a rootkit. IT experts call programs like this one “PUPs”, which is an abbreviation of a phrase “potentially unwanted program”.
Automatic Linkey Removal
Download and install SpyHunter to detect Linkey and remove it.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
- Install SpyHunter by double-clicking the downloaded file. Follow the on-screen instructions
- SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Note: download size is 0.7 MB. SpyHunter trial version offers an unlimited number of scans and detections for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.
Manual Linkey removal
Important Note: Linkey can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, FixBrowsers.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. To remove Linkey, check your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to Linkey and then choose ‘Uninstall’.
2. Delete any browser plugin related to “Linkey”:
Firefox -> Add-ons -> Extensions.
Google Chrome -> Settings -> Extensions.
Internet Explorer -> Manage add-ons ->Toolbars and Extensions.
3. Also remove Linkey from your browsers:
Tools -> Internet options -> General tab. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Settings -> Appearance. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Options -> General tab -> Startup. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
4. Delete any folder related to “Linkey” from the following folders: