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What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #16,714
United States Rank #13,814
Reach 0.0153%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.08 days
356.41 days >
Average installed length: 187.27 days


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
  • 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 TR/Downloader.Gen2
Dr.Web 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
updateLinkSwift.exe (18bda2d175e6edc10b3d6548e3959ed5) has been flagged by the following 32 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.SwiftBrowse.CO
Agnitum Outpost PUA.LinkSwift!
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus,HEUR]/MSIL.Kranet
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:BrowseFox-H [PUP]
AVG Generic.8BF
Avira ADWARE/BrowseFox.Gen7
AVware Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.bH
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CO
Comodo Security 20086 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.250
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.SwiftBrowse.CO (B)
ESET-NOD32 10727 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Adware/LinkSwift
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CO
G Data 24 Adware.SwiftBrowse.CO
K7 AntiVirus 9.185.14021 Unwanted-Program ( 004a8e8b1 )
K7GW 9.185.14022 Unwanted-Program ( 004a8e8b1 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift.a
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.LinkSwift.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
McAfee BrowseFox.c
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BrowseFox.c
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.SwiftBrowse.CO
nProtect 2014-11-14.01 Trojan-Clicker/W32.Agent.323360.C
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA BI
Tencent Win32.Adware.Linkswift.Eaef
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0PJU14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0PJU14
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.LinkSwift
VIPRE Antivirus 34802 Yontoo (fs)
Zillya Adware.LinkSwift.Win32.110
LinkSwiftBHO.dll (0306c797b31468221422177b7e15bb61) has been flagged by the following 21 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost PUA.LinkSwift!
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
Comodo Security 18095 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.17
ESET-NOD32 9670 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Adware/LinkSwift
G Data 24 Win32.Application.BrowseFox.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift
K7 AntiVirus 9.176.11737 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.176.11737 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky 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 Artemis!0306C797B314
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!0306C797B314
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.crkvek
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA HL
SUPERAntiSpyware Adware.BrowseFox/Variant
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0331
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Agent
VIPRE Antivirus 28212 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 PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
VIPRE Antivirus 22590 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 64 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:[email protected]
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
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}.
  • updateLinkSwift.exe runs as a service named 'Update LinkSwift' (Update LinkSwift).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

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?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 48%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.82%
Windows 10 32.56%
Windows XP 9.30%
Windows Vista 5.32%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.41%
Windows 8.1 13.38%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.04%
Windows 8 12.04%
Windows 7 Professional 9.70%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.36%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.79% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.79%
  Israel 4.99%
  United Kingdom 4.16%
  Italy 3.32%
  Brazil 2.49%
  Canada 1.94%
  Taiwan 1.39%
  Australia 1.39%
  Saudi Arabia 1.39%
  Russia 1.11%
  India 1.11%
  Iran 1.11%
  Malaysia 1.11%
  Singapore 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.19%
Dell 17.43%
Acer 16.97%
ASUS 11.93%
Toshiba 7.80%
Lenovo 4.59%
Intel 3.67%
Samsung 2.75%
Medion 0.92%
MSI 0.92%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.00%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.57%
ASUSTeK K55N 2.86%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.86%
ASUSTeK X502CA 2.14%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.14%

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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