Eliminate “Linkury” Browser Search Hijackers From Your Computer

There are many browser hijackers created by a company called Linkury. Although the versions differ, they all have the same style of operation: they take control of your browser settings and start displaying unwanted homepage and search engine.

Currently known domains associated with this unwanted program are newtab.online, snap.do, snapdo.com, helperbar.com, showmoreabout.com and safefinder.com. Most of these websites have “search.” prefix before the domain.

Although the websites might look like legitimate search engines they are actually just parasites designed to make money from the traffic received from infected browsers. The search field is actually just an embedded Bing Search functionality and sometimes it is even blocked by AdBlock program. All this proves that there is no real value in this adware and it should be removed from your computer.

Use our automatic tool to remove this unwanted program, restore normal browsing experience and protect your machine from similar future infections. We have also prepared a manual removal guide. However, you should still install an antivirus software afterwards in order to properly secure your PC.


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What is Linkury browser hijacker?

Technically this piece of software is called “potentially unwanted program” (PUP) instead of virus. However, it often uses unethical methods to infiltrate computers and is simply an adware designed to make money from your browsing activity. It is developed by a company called “Linkury” and is being distributed using several different domain names.

This software often leaves the infected users confused as they do not know how it appeared on their computers. This is because the adware uses bundling technique and is installed with other free programs. Quickly skipping through setup results and accidentally clicking on “Accept” when additional software is suggested allows Linkury to infiltrate your system and start making changes to your browser settings.

While this distribution method is technically legal, most users end up installing the browser hijacker unwillingly and try to remove it themselves. You can even find official (although possibly incomplete) removal instructions provided by the creators online. However, it still tends to come back since it has background programs installed on the system in order to make sure that user changes can be reverted and that the unwanted search engine stays as a default choice.

Estimations show that most popular sites owned by this adware creators receive more than 600 000 pageviews per day. Also, there are lots of people posting online trying to find out how to completely remove the hijacker from their computers. This shows that there are many users who got infected by the unwanted adware.

 

There are many domains used by the Linkury hijacker. Here is a list of currently known websites belonging to this adware family:

search.newtab.online
search.safefinder.com
search.showmoreabout.com
search.snap.do
search.snapdo.com
feed.helperbar.com

linkury.com
linkury.net
linkury.org
uninstall-linkury.com

All websites look almost identical and the main focus is on the search bar in the middle. Instead of having its own functionality, the fake search engine simply redirects to Bing search and gets a percentage of revenue generated by the users who submit search queries. This behavior can be described as parasitic and proves that there is no real value in the product.

While the risk of having adware on your computer is hard to estimate, it is definitely not safe to ignore it. Not only does it slow down your system by running backup programs in the background, but also hijacks your favorite search engine and forces to use its own. Also, it might track your personal data, search queries and browsing history and use it for marketing purposes or sell to third parties later. Therefore, you should remove this unwanted program from your computer as soon as you find out that it is present on your system.

We have prepared a manual removal guide below. However, we recommend using the automatic tool provided at the beginning of this page since it not only eliminates the adware but also protects your computer from viruses in the future.

Screenshots of Linkury search websites:

   


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the malware we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Here are some unwanted program examples:

Linkury Smartbar
SafeFinder Smartbar
Snap.Do
Showmoreabout
Newtab
Helperbar

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus domain. You need to enter the virus name depending on the version you got installed. Here is an example:

smartbar

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Clean up your DNS.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

ncpa.cpl

Click OK.

It will open your current network adapters list.

Right-click on the one you currently use (unused usually have a red X near them while the active one is usually green).

Choose Properties.

Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) (make sure the checkbox is checked near it).

Click Properties.

First, select Obtain DNS server automatically.

Then click Advanced… and go to DNS tab in the newly opened window.

Remove everything from the DNS server addresses, in order of use.

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the virus.

Step 6:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

The unwanted addons are usually named similarly to the program you have just uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “Linkury” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.


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