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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 #2,409
United States Rank #3,667
Reach 0.2603%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.25 days
656.38 days >
Average installed length: 344.88 days


VersionDistribution 2.69% 0.35% 0.70% 0.58% 0.74% 0.80% 12.12% 19.20% 1.07% 11.52% 10.96% 3.78% 4.41% 11.25% 2.61% 15.81% 1.29% 0.12%

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What is Linkey?

Linkey is a potentially unwanted web browser search extension for the top browsers and designed to modify the user's search and home pages ( or in order to direct advertising via the portal. Linkey also displays links to popular sites in various categories in the browser.

Linkey is downloadable through its website or bundled and distributed through 3rd party download managers (which typically distributed a different version then the one available for direct download and may include the Settings Manager PUP).

The program will include the Linkey Deals (it drops the LinkeyDeals.exe installer in the folder) product in addition to the browser extensions. Linkey Deals is a potentially unwanted program.

What it does (standard version):
- Adds a shortcut quick launch icon to the Windows Taskbar.
- Adds an extension button to Chrome.
- Adds a shortcut to the user's desktop
- Changes the browser's default search provider and start page.
- Connects to the domains and to send statistics.

Settings Manager version (typically distributed through install managers):
- Adds a 'protected' directory called Settings Manager which includes various utilities to modify and manage the web browser settings (3p distributed version).
- Uses the IE Settings hook executable designed to modify the standard Internet Explorer default search change waning dialog (3p distributed version).
- Distributes and runs a Kernel-mode driver (smdmfmgrc2.cfg) which protects the Settings Manager/Linkey distributed files from being killed, disabled and removed (3p distributed version).

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
  • 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
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Linkey.
iedll.dll (ef59c03f16e925814492429833337c7a) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.SearchSuite.BQ
G Data 14.5.24 Win32.Application.AztecSystemK
Malwarebytes v2014.05.30.04 PUP.Optional.Linkey.A
Uninstall.exe (433a2bad78e085ec37e406abfc337fef) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International 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
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:iedll.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\Linkey\IEExtension\iedll.dll
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Uninstall.exe - Linkey (Linkey - Uninstall)
  • 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?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 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

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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Win 7 (SP1) 42%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.70%
Windows 10 35.95%
Windows XP 8.55%
Windows Vista 3.78%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.79%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.74%
Windows 8.1 14.45%
Windows 7 Professional 10.87%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.44%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.29% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.29%
  MA 4.41%
  India 3.78%
  DZ 3.11%
  United Kingdom 2.84%
  Italy 2.84%
  France 2.51%
  Saudi Arabia 2.44%
  Germany 2.20%
  Philippines 2.17%
  Canada 2.08%
  Egypt 2.06%
  Belgium 1.95%
  Netherlands 1.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.52%
Dell 18.38%
Acer 18.04%
ASUS 8.89%
Toshiba 7.83%
Lenovo 4.52%
Samsung 4.17%
Intel 2.07%
American Megatrends 1.27%
Sahara 0.66%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.01%
Dell Inspiron 3521 4.19%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.95%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.87%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.79%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.46%

comments1 comment

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user comment
Greevesover a year 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 [email protected]