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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Connects to the internet without permission

Linkey Project

Linkey Project is a browser plug-in that is sometimes classified as browser hijacker, especially when it is downloaded and installed from third party websites. Although Linkey Project itself is not a dangerous computer infection, it is possible that the application gets exploited by malevolent third parties to promote corrupted content. Either way, since Linkey Project is obviously a potentially unwanted program, you should remove it from the PC, and then check for other potentially unwanted applications that might be installed on the system. You would be surprised to know how many unnecessary applications could get installed on PC on daily basis.

This application is being distributed mainly at the official website that can be accessed via linkeyproject.com. There the plug-in is promoted as an extension that improves your overall web surfing experience because you can “get the best sites in one click”. If you click the Download button, Linkey Project will be eventually installed on all main browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Click the extension’s icon and you will be redirected to linkeyproject.com/app/ where you will be given a selection of websites you are offered to visit (like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Wikipedia etc.). There are also Top Sites available for Games, Videos, Music, Recipes, News, Health and so on. You can also choose your country of residence and the list of the most popular websites will be changed automatically based on what is the most popular in your location.

Linkey Project becomes the most problematic when it gets downloaded from such websites as Softonic. Based on our security research, when the application is bundled with SoftonicDownloader (for RegClean Pro and similar applications), it comes with a browser hijacker that changes your home page for Default-Search.net. In such a case, you will need to restore your browser settings manually, because it is very likely that the web page has nothing to do with the official Linkey Project website.

Removing Linkey Project manually is not hard, because if you uninstall it via Control Panel, the extensions will be automatically removed from the browser as well. In case your default home page has been changed, you can change it back by modifying your browser settings on your own. However, it should also be a good idea to run a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner, because you are bound to have other potentially unwanted programs on your PC. Determine the files you need to terminate and acquire a licensed computer security application if necessary.

Manual Linkey Project Removal

Windows 8

  1. Slide mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of your desktop.
  2. When Charm bar appears click Settings and select Control Panel.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Linkey Project.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program and remove Linkey Project.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start menu button and navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or remove programs and uninstall Linkey Project.

Change your default home page

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
  2. Click Use Default under General tab and press OK.
  3. Press Alt+X and go to Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search providers on the left.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove Default-Search.net.
  6. Click Close and restart the browser.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Firefox button and click Options.
  2. Select Restore to Default under General tab and click OK.
  3. Click the search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box.
  4. Select Manage search engines on drop-down menu.
  5. Remove Default-Search.net from the list and click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Under On Startup, mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
  3. Click Set pages and change your home page. Click OK.
  4. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove Default-Search.net. Press Done.

In case you need any assistance with Linkey Project removal, please do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment in the box below this description.

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How to manually remove Linkey Project

Files associated with Linkey Project infection:

ietlb64.dll
ietlbl.exe
ietlb.dll
msilnk.exe
ietlbl64.exe
iedll64.dll
Win_update.exe
iedll.dll
LinkeySetup-r0-n-bf.exe
msilnk64.exe
smdmfmgrc3.cfg

Linkey Project DLL's to remove:

ietlb.dll
iedll64.dll
ietlb64.dll
iedll.dll

Linkey Project processes to kill:

ietlbl64.exe
msilnk.exe
LinkeySetup-r0-n-bf.exe
msilnk64.exe
Win_update.exe
ietlbl.exe
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