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What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,812
United States Rank #27,297
Reach 0.0085%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.67 days
226.21 days >
Average installed length: 118.86 days


2013.11.02.090903 100.00%

LinkSwift 2013.11.02.090903

What is LinkSwift?

This is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that is designed to deliver search-based hijacking as well as contextual advertising. The program does this by modifying the user's home and search page in order to monetize a user's search activities. By installing a an extension in Chrome, it has the ability to monitor and track a user web browsing activities and display various banner and link-context ads in addition to its search redirection.

About  (from Yontoo Technology)

The Software provides a suite of 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, toolbars and applications for providing enhanced search results, browsin...  Read more


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 LinkSwiftBHO.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 5 files and is usually about 2.26 MB (2,369,252 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install 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.
LinkSwiftBHO.dll (28f909517a50af3df88515175068f849) has been flagged by the following 13 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17565 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.100
ESET-NOD32 8.9257 Win32/BrowseFox.E
Fortinet FortiGate 1/10/2014 Adware/LinkSwift
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift
K7 AntiVirus 13.175.10750 Unwanted-Program
K7GW 13.175.10750 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift
Malwarebytes v2013.10.14.03 PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.crkvek
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.287 TROJ_GEN.F47V1011
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.LinkSwift
VIPRE Antivirus 25158 Yontoo (fs)
updateLinkSwift.exe (0ea37e4902e36907689dd5d7a218cae6) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.Agent.NYX
Agnitum Outpost PUA.LinkSwift!
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.LinkSwift
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.Agent.NYX
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.35
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Agent.NYX (B)
ESET-NOD32 9702 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Adware/LinkSwift
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.Agent.NYX
G Data 24 Adware.Agent.NYX
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift
K7 AntiVirus 9.176.11806 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.176.11806 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.LinkSwift.a
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.LinkSwift.A
McAfee Artemis!0EA37E4902E3
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!0EA37E4902E3
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Agent.NYX
nProtect 2014-04-20.01 Adware.Agent.NYX
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA CH
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0321
VIPRE Antivirus 28438 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 35 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: 2.26 MB

Program filesFiles installed by LinkSwift 2013.11.02.090903

Program module:LinkSwiftBHO.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\LinkSwift\LinkSwiftBHO.dll
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) LinkSwiftBHO.dll - LinkSwift
  • (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 {f6654acd-9fd5-4c52-99cf-7e27610cc152}.
  • 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 2013.11.02.090903, 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 2013.11.02.090903 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win 7 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.69%
Windows 10 35.33%
Windows XP 6.59%
Windows Vista 5.39%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.52%
Windows 8.1 14.46%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.25%
Windows 8 9.04%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.63%
Windows 7 Professional 6.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

32.53% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 32.53%
  Italy 9.64%
  Canada 5.42%
  Brazil 4.82%
  Netherlands 4.82%
  Australia 4.22%
  United Kingdom 4.22%
  Israel 3.61%
  France 3.01%
  Poland 3.01%
  Saudi Arabia 3.01%
  Czech Republic 2.41%
  Russia 2.41%
  Greece 1.81%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Acer 22.00%
Dell 20.00%
ASUS 12.00%
American Megatrends 7.00%
Samsung 6.00%
Toshiba 4.00%
Sony 2.00%
Compaq 1.00%
Alienware 1.00%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.39%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.63%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.63%
ASUSTeK K54LY 1.75%
Acer Aspire V5-571P 1.75%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.75%

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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