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Should I remove LinkSwift?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,506
United States Rank #9,573
Reach 0.0381%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.60 days
253.66 days >
Average installed length: 133.28 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
3.0.0 100.00%

LinkSwift 3.0.0

What is LinkSwift?

LinkSwift is adware that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search provider and redirect web searches to whatever search engine partner the publisher has a revenue relationship with. In doing so, the toolbar performs a number of behaviors in order to maximize the potential of a user to click on sponsored advertising through search.

From the EULA (which is posted as an image to prevent the search engines from text indexes): "The Software is supported by various types of advertising, including, without limitation, windows pop messages, default browser popups. Ads and features that appear on windows by using the Software are not associated with microsoft. Some Software features and ad placements may contain links to further information or disabling instructions (e.g. "About this Ad"). All Software features, content and advertising may be updated, modified, added, enabled, disabled or discontinued at any time automatically and without additional notice to you."

What toolbar EULA says it can do:
- Change of the default search engine, including your Browser's built-in search box, and address bar.
- Addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”.
- Change of the default Home Page and/or New Tabs, and protect your search settings.

About  (from Yontoo Technology)

The Software provides a suite of toolbar-style browser features that customize and enhance your interaction with various websites by rendering graphics, text, or other functional or interactive content in your browser. Such features include, without limitation, tools and applications for search, text referencing, video...  Read more
Overview
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in LinkSwift.
LinkSwiftOPC.exe (71fb080f80e5860aa43a9e8ef800b33b) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Avira AntiVir 7.11.117.38 TR/Downloader.Gen2
Dr.Web 9.0.0.026 Adware.Searcher.2574
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 Trojan-Downloader
McAfee 5600.7238 Artemis!71FB080F80E5
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7238 Artemis!71FB080F80E5
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.26 TROJ_GEN.R0C9H0AHU13
LinkSwiftBHO.dll (c7c7b173821dff49226bce98f43642ca) has been flagged by the following 21 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.LinkSwift!
Antiy-AVL 0.1.0.1 GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 AdWare.LinkSwift.a (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 17993 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web 7.00.7.12100 Trojan.BPlug.17
ESET-NOD32 9596 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Adware/LinkSwift
K7 AntiVirus 9.176.11554 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.176.11554 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky 12.0.0.1225 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift.a
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.Agent.ah.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!C7C7B173821D
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!C7C7B173821D
NANO AntiVirus 0.28.0.58720 Riskware.Win32.Agent.crkvek
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA BC
SUPERAntiSpyware 5.6.0.1032 Adware.BrowseFox/Variant
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Trojan.ADH.2
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0301
Vba32 AntiVirus 3.12.24.3 AdWare.Agent
VIPRE Antivirus 27750 Yontoo (fs)
updateLinkSwift.exe (b707d2a7466b5d7511d88c4ef19884c7) has been flagged by the following 20 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.LinkSwift!
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus,HEUR]/MSIL.Kranet
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:BrowseFox-H [PUP]
AVware 1.5.0.16 Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.BH
CAT-QuickHeal 14.00 Adware.Links.r3 (Not a Virus)
ESET-NOD32 10297 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.7.5.0 AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift
Jiangmin 16.0.100 AdWare/LinkSwift.on
K7 AntiVirus 9.183.13125 Trojan ( 0049c6b61 )
K7GW 9.183.13125 Trojan ( 0049c6b61 )
Kaspersky 12.0.0.1225 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift.a
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!B707D2A7466B
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Trj/Chgt.C
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA NN
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 Trojan.ADH.2
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0808
Vba32 AntiVirus 3.12.26.3 AdWare.LinkSwift
VIPRE Antivirus 32442 Yontoo (fs)
IEClient.dll (d0e862460a9315ab29faa72b1e05460b) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.100
ESET-NOD32 8944 probably a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.A
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
VIPRE Antivirus 22590 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 52 all detections
LinkSwift has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: LinkSwift
URL: linkswift.co/support
Help link: mailto:support@linkswift.co
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\LinkSwift
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\LinkSwift\LinkSwiftuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.42 MB

Program filesFiles installed by LinkSwift 3.0.0

Program executable:LinkSwiftOPC.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\LinkSwift\LinkSwiftOPC.exe
MD5:71fb080f80e5860aa43a9e8ef800b33b
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) IEClient.dll - LinkSwift
  • (Malware detected) LinkSwiftBHO.dll
  • LinkSwift.Common.dll - LinkSwift Common
  • (Malware detected) updateLinkSwift.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • LinkSwiftBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'LinkSwift' with the class of {f6654acd-9fd5-4c52-99cf-7e27610cc152}.
  • IEClient.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'LinkSwift' with the class of {323420b6-65e5-4657-8106-a27392d4d4aa}.
Service
  • updateLinkSwift.exe runs as a service named 'Update LinkSwift' (Update LinkSwift).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

updateLinkSwift.exe
Memory:16.43 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000525655%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002742%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00002515%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:34,549
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:33 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:6 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove LinkSwift?

Quickly and completely remove LinkSwift 3.0.0 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall LinkSwift from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program LinkSwift 3.0.0, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove LinkSwift.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by LinkSwift 3.0.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 7 0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.69%
Windows 8 30.89%
Windows XP 8.94%
Windows Vista 4.47%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.80%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.23%
Windows 8 13.01%
Windows 8.1 11.38%
Windows 7 Professional 10.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.86% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.86%
  Israel 5.21%
  United Kingdom 4.51%
  Italy 4.17%
  Brazil 2.78%
  Taiwan 1.74%
  India 1.39%
  Russia 1.39%
  Saudi Arabia 1.39%
  United Arab Emirates 1.04%
  Australia 1.04%
  Canada 1.04%
  Germany 1.04%
  Indonesia 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.96%
Dell 16.20%
Acer 16.20%
ASUS 11.73%
Toshiba 8.94%
Lenovo 3.91%
GIGABYTE 2.23%
Intel 2.23%
Samsung 2.23%
Sony 2.23%
MSI 1.12%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.72%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.15%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.36%
ASUSTeK K55N 2.36%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.36%
Acer Aspire 5750G 1.57%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com

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