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Should I remove Linkey?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,452
United States Rank #3,339
Reach 0.3329%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.75 days
110.77 days >
Average installed length: 58.20 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
0.0.0.491 0.74%
0.0.0.480 11.49%
0.0.0.469 15.95%
0.0.0.449 6.84%
0.0.0.436 7.44%
0.0.0.431 20.14%
0.0.0.343 4.70%
0.0.0.333 29.95%
0.0.0.256 2.56%
0.0.0.90 0.19%

Other programs by Aztec Media

Linkey

What is Linkey?

Linkey is a web browser search extension for the top browsers and designed to modify the user's search and home pages in order to direct advertising via the linkeyproject.com portal. Additionally the extension will display varius forms of advertising in the user's web browser, this includes injected banners, text links and some popup ads. Linkey also displays links to popular sites in various categories in the browser.

About  (from Aztec Media)

Linkey is compatible with all the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Linkey is a simple browser extension that allows you to get the best sites in one click in visualized & friendly interface. You'll easily find top sites from your country or in various popular categories. Linkey is a simple but ...  Read more

Overview

The most used version is 0.0.0.333, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is Helper.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 2.54 MB (2,666,912 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Linkey.
iedll.dll (68a167a4fffddd94521ba70d5481ebdf) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International 4.0.3.1487 Adware.Win32.SearchSuite.BQ
CAT-QuickHeal 8.14.14.00 WebToolbar.Win64.r5 (Not a Virus)
Fortinet FortiGate 8/7/2014 Riskware/Win64_SearchSuite
G Data 14.8.24 Win32.Application.AztecSystemK
Kaspersky 14.0.0.3442 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win64.SearchSuite
Malwarebytes v2014.08.07.04 PUP.Optional.Linkey.A
McAfee 5600.7045 Generic PUP.y
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7045 Generic PUP.y
Uninstall.exe (433a2bad78e085ec37e406abfc337fef) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.SearchSuite.BQ
G Data 24 Win32.Application.AztecSystemK.A
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.Linkey.A
Linkey 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: Aztec Media Inc
URL: linkeyproject.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Linkey
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Linkey\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 2.54 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Linkey

Program module:Helper.dll
Path:C:\Program Files\Linkey\Helper.dll
MD5:421e75e8fc8883f22385dc23598a3074
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Uninstall.exe - Linkey (Linkey - Uninstall)
  • iedll.dll
  • iedll64.dll
  • Helper.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • iedll.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Linkey' with the class of {4D9101D6-5BA0-4048-BDDE-7E2DF54C8C47}.
Scheduled Task
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E6AA7D94-C1F4-4458-92CF-D0418A0E8E34}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Linkey?

Quickly and completely remove Linkey 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 Linkey 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 Linkey, 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 Linkey.
  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 Linkey you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#2,452
 
REACH
~0.33%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.02%
Windows 8 36.09%
Windows XP 8.51%
Windows Vista 4.37%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.24%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.40%
Windows 8.1 14.29%
Windows 7 Professional 11.21%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.47%
Windows 8 6.98%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.45% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.45%
  United Kingdom 3.86%
  India 3.82%
  MA 3.28%
  France 3.02%
  Egypt 2.48%
  Saudi Arabia 2.44%
  Italy 2.35%
  Belgium 2.22%
  Canada 2.09%
  Malaysia 2.09%
  Germany 1.69%
  DZ 1.69%
  Netherlands 1.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.94%
Dell 19.05%
Acer 17.66%
ASUS 9.26%
Toshiba 7.87%
Samsung 4.03%
GIGABYTE 3.84%
Lenovo 3.31%
Intel 1.59%
American Megatrends 0.99%
Sahara 0.46%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.88%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.82%
Dell Inspiron 3521 4.48%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.79%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.44%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.24%

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Greeves4 months ago
I have tried running it & not found it? as have other programmes, I always was ok with MWAM for years! but it will not let me load it & comes up with an Error code EO6D7363 - Have tried your s & it does not find it! I hope your new system works out OK good concept! me A bit green on PC s but know odd bits & bobs (Dangerous) thanks yeomansa@msn.com