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What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,539
United States Rank #14,594
Reach 0.0175%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.61 days
313.10 days >
Average installed length: 164.51 days


1.0.0 100.00%

LinkSwift 1.0.0

What is LinkSwift?

LinkSwift is an malware web browser extension designed to take control of the user's browser in order to redirect web searches and inject advertising. In Internet Explorer the program run as a Browser Helper Object. The add-in performs a number of behaviors that will hijack advertising on non-associated web sites as well as inject its own advertising in the form of contextual link ads, banner ads, popups and pop-overs including the hijacking of known ad serving sites. This malware is typically bundled with various third party unwanted applications as well as through web browser exploits. Although the program comes packaged with an uninstaller and is listed in the Windows Add/Remove Programs, fully removing this could be very difficult and an anti-malware product might be required.


It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is updateLinkSwift.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 7 files and is usually about 982.25 KB (1,005,823 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in LinkSwift.
updateLinkSwift.exe (10df38f1a1fe6b0865d2885ac09024fe) has been flagged by the following 11 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2013.12.28 Adware/Win32.Downloader
ESET-NOD32 8.9190 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.G
Fortinet FortiGate 1/10/2014 Adware/LinkSwift
K7 AntiVirus 13.174.10656 Unwanted-Program
K7GW 13.174.10661 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift
Malwarebytes v2014.01.10.01 PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.280 TROJ_GEN.F47V1004
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.LinkSwift
VIPRE Antivirus 24834 Yontoo (fs)
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Trojan.Win32.S.Agent.65312.A
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)
       View all 32 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: 982.25 KB

Program filesFiles installed by LinkSwift 1.0.0

Program executable:updateLinkSwift.exe (Malware detected)
Signed by:linkswift
Path:C:\Program Files\LinkSwift\updateLinkSwift.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) LinkSwiftBHO.dll - LinkSwift
  • LinkSwift.Common.dll - LinkSwift Common
  • (Malware detected) updateLinkSwift.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • LinkSwiftBHO.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 1.0.0, 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 1.0.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.52%
Windows 10 31.88%
Windows Vista 6.38%
Windows XP 5.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.57%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.03%
Windows 8 12.24%
Windows 8.1 8.45%
Windows 7 Professional 7.29%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.54%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.20% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.20%
  Brazil 4.52%
  Canada 3.99%
  United Kingdom 3.99%
  Italy 3.72%
  Saudi Arabia 3.46%
  Australia 3.19%
  France 2.66%
  Israel 1.86%
  Germany 1.60%
  Russia 1.33%
  IQ 1.33%
  Czech Republic 1.33%
  India 1.06%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.57%
Dell 23.81%
Acer 13.89%
Toshiba 9.13%
ASUS 8.33%
Lenovo 6.75%
Samsung 3.17%
Intel 2.38%
Sahara 0.79%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.83%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.14%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.76%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.76%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.07%
Dell XPS 8700 2.07%

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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