What is Linkvertise.com?
Linkvertise.com is a link shortening site. According to the security researchers, it is best not to use such sites, as they can be dangerous due to the fact that they use rogue ad networks to monetize. Rogue ad networks promote sites that encourage users to subscribe to push notifications, install potentially unwanted programs, download malicious browser addons and so on.
During the research, rogue ad networks redirected users to Access to this pc has been blocked for security reasons Scam, SPIN FOR REWARD scam, Firewall Spyware Alert scam, other unwanted and suspicious sites. Of course, in addition to these scam pages, visitors can be redirected to other dangerous sites, among which there may be sites offering to install PUPs, browser hijackers and adware. Browser hijacker is a form of malware that changes browser settings such as homepage and search engine. Adware is a type of malicious software that can change computer settings, redirect the browser to unwanted web-pages, display pop-up ads from various third-party ad networks and these unwanted ads is difficult to shut down.
Moreover, Linkvertise.com uses the browser notification feature to trick users into subscribing to push notifications. It uses push notifications to bypass pop-up blocker and therefore show lots of unwanted adverts. These ads are used to promote questionable internet browser add-ons, giveaway scams, adware bundles, and adult web-sites.
|Type||adware, potentially unwanted application (PUA), popup advertisements, pop-up virus, pop-ups|
|Removal||Linkvertise.com notifications removal guide|
Linkvertise.com is not the only one using rogue ad networks. There are many such sites, for example: Yt1s.com, Youtube-to-mp3.org, Dailyuploads.net. Most of these sites offer to download videos from YouTube, Facebook and other social networks, share files, create a short link. But they all have in common, they are not safe to use. Therefore, such sites cannot be trusted, they should be ignored.
Remove Linkvertise.com notifications from browsers
If you’re getting notifications from Linkvertise.com or another unwanted site, you’ll have previously pressed the ‘Allow’ button. Below we will teach you how to turn them off.
- Just copy and paste the following text into the address bar of Chrome.
- Press Enter.
- Remove the Linkvertise.com URL and other dubious URLs by clicking three vertical dots button next to each and selecting ‘Remove’.
- Tap ‘Settings’.
- Tap ‘Notifications’.
- Find and tap the web-browser which displays Linkvertise.com push notifications ads.
- Find Linkvertise.com in the list and disable it.
- In the right upper corner, click the Firefox menu (three bars).
- Choose ‘Options’ and click on ‘Privacy & Security’ on the left hand side.
- Scroll down to ‘Permissions’ section and click ‘Settings…’ button next to ‘Notifications’.
- Select the Linkvertise.com domain from the list and change the status to ‘Block’.
- Click ‘Save Changes’ button.
- Click the More button (it looks like three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Scroll down, locate and click ‘Settings’. In the left side select ‘Advanced’.
- Click ‘Manage permissions’ button, located beneath ‘Website permissions’.
- Click the switch below the Linkvertise.com and each suspicious site.
- Click ‘Tools’ button in the top right corner.
- Select ‘Internet options’.
- Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab and select ‘Settings’ in the pop-up blockers section.
- Find the Linkvertise.com site and click the ‘Remove’ button to remove the URL.
- Go to ‘Preferences’ in the Safari menu.
- Open ‘Websites’ tab, then in the left menu click on ‘Notifications’.
- Check for Linkvertise.com URL, other questionable URLs and apply the ‘Deny’ option for each.
How to remove adware, browser hijacker and other malware
According to cyber security specialists, malware removal can be finished manually and/or automatically. These utilities that are listed below will allow you get rid of adware, malicious web browser extensions, and other unwanted programs . However, if you are not willing to install other programs to remove malware and unwanted ads, then use the following steps to restore your computer settings to their previous states.
Delete recently added PUPs
In order to get rid of PUPs, browser hijackers and adware, open the Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed applications. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are adware, browser hijacker or potentially unwanted software. If yes, delete them off. Even if they are just a programs which you do not use, then deleting them off will increase your PC start up time and speed dramatically.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the following example.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed on the image below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) like the one below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed apps and delete all dubious and unknown applications. We recommend to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. Once you have found anything dubious that may be adware software or a potentially unwanted application, then select it and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your PC.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
If your Firefox browser is hijacked by adware or an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the browser reset. However, your saved bookmarks and passwords will not be lost. This will not affect your history, passwords, bookmarks, and other saved data.
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown in the following example.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by adware. When, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
If you’re still experiencing issues with adware removal, you need to reset Google Chrome browser to its default state. This step needs to be performed only if adware has not been removed by the previous steps.
- First, start the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Automatic Removal of malware
Best malware removal utility should detect and remove adware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars, keyloggers, browser hijackers, worms, Trojans, and pop-up generators. The key is locating one with a good reputation and these features. Most quality applications listed below offer a free scan and malware removal so you can scan for and remove undesired apps without having to pay.
Zemana Anti-Malware is a malware removal tool for Microsoft Windows that can detect and remove adware, worms, trojans, ransomware, other unwanted software such as PUPs, harmful browser extensions, browser toolbars.
- Visit the page linked below to download Zemana AntiMalware. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once downloading is done, please close all apps and open windows on your device. Next, launch a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of Zemana Anti-Malware onto your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana tool will start and open the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button to scan for adware and other malware. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your computer. While the utility is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- Once Zemana has completed scanning your computer, a list of all threats found is created.
- Review the scan results and then press the “Next” button. The tool will delete malicious software and move the selected threats to the program’s quarantine. When the clean-up is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
- Close the Zemana Anti Malware and continue with the next step.
Stop unwanted ads and block scam pages
Using an adblocker tool such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker programs will also protect you from harmful ads and web sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to scam and similar webpages.
- AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading it, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the install is done, press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block malicious can misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon called AdGuard, which may be found on your desktop.