QwikLinx branded ads flood webpages you visit? And QwikLinx search box pop up frequently while you do not need them at all? Want to learn how to get those annoying pop-ups out of your web browser? In this article, we will guide you to remove this bothering app.
What Is QwikLinx?
Similar to Highlightly and Remarkit, QwikLinx is a potentially unwanted program which promises to provide direct links to more relevant content. Once installed, QwikLinx will insert dotted line underlined contextual links to show you relevant topics and gives you a quick link to more information on that topic without leaving the page. It sounds like a convenient service, but it does far more than that.
QwikLinx is advertising supported so that you will see “QwikLinx” or “Ads not by this Site” labeled ads as you browse the web. Keywords may be double-underlined on webpages that you visit. When you hover over the link, you will see a small dialog box containing an advertisement. Those links and ads will lead you to partnered retailers and sites, thus to boost advertising revenue and accumulate hits for those websites.
Those hyperlinks, QwikLinx search box and ads can be so annoying and intrusive that worsen your browsing experience instead of making your time online more efficient. You will notice that the webpages are extremely slow since there are many QwikLinx ads to load.
QwikLinx, in most cases, comes bundled with other free downloads from the Internet as a special offer or pre-checked item in their installer. You may also get QwikLinx installed with an unwitting click on malicious websites or compromised websites. Cybercriminals also distribute the bothering app via links and attachments containing in spam emails.
In essence, QwikLinx is a browser add-on or plugin that is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. To remove it, you need first uninstall the main program, and then remove its extensions from your installed web browser and leftovers of the program. Below we offer detailed removal instructions on how to do it specifically for your reference.
How to Remove QwikLinx?
Outline of the removal guide:
Step 1 Uninstall QwikLinx and related malicious programs
Step 2 Remove QwikLinx extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome
Option 1 > Remove QwikLinx and stop QwikLinx ads with Cloud System Booster
To remove QwikLinx and stop QwikLinx ads automatically, you only need to download and install Cloud System Booster, a system cleaner and optimizer. It will be easy and time-saving, especially when you have multiple web browser installed.
Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
1. Uninstall QwikLinx with Anvi Uninstaller
Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.
Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list → locate QwikLinx and any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove
Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.
Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
2. Remove QwikLinx browser extension and plugins
Slim Toolbar featured in Cloud System Booster enables you to manage toolbars and extentions on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome simultaneously.
Click on the up arrow on the Home tab of Cloud System Booster to go to Slim Toolbar, then remove all the suspicious extensions and plugins.
When you are not on the Home tab, you can find Toolbar Manager on the right side.
3. Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries
Go to Disk Cleaner and check the items you want Cloud System Booster to clear.
Switch to Home tab → click Quick Care button → click Clear button after scan finished
Option 2 > Remove uninstall QwikLinx and stop uninstall QwikLinx ads manually
Step 1 Uninstall uninstall QwikLinx and related malicious programs
As mentioned above, uninstall QwikLinx often infects computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should uninstall uninstall QwikLinx and any suspicious and unexpected programs that installed recently.
For Windows 8 Users:
Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner > Programs and Features
Uninstall QwikLinx and other unknown or unexpected programs.
For Windows 7/Vista Users:
Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features
Uninstall QwikLinx and any suspicious third-party application
For Windows XP Users:
Go to Start button > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs
Remove QwikLinx and any suspicious third-party application
Step 2 Remove QwikLinx extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome
If you are still encountering QwikLinx ads after removing QwikLinx and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check your browser and remove QwikLinx leftovers on your web browser.
For Internet Explorer Users:
To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on QwikLinx and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins
For Google Chrome Users:
To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate QwikLinx and any unwanted or unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it
Please note that although QwikLinx and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.
Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of QwikLinx. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Being Infected by Malware?
As mentioned above, computer infections like QwikLinx sneak into your computer though being bundled with other free downloads, malicious or compromised websites and spam emails, so to make your computer more resistant to harm, you should be attentive on following tips.
-Make sure that the Windows Firewall is enabled.
-Keep your Windows system and installed programs up-to-date and patched timely.
-Keep an eye on what you are agreeing to install when install a program especially free software from the Internet.
-Never open unsolicited email attachments or click through links from unknown sources and use caution even if they are from a “trusted” source.
-Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.
Apart from above, security software is an absolute must. Run system scan regularly and keep your security software on to protect you from virus and malware. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.
Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Launch Anvi Smart Defender → click on the gear icon → check the Scan rootkits item → click on the Apply and OK button to complete the setting
Go to Scan tap → perform a Quick or Full Scan to detect malicious files → after the scan completes, click on the Remove button
Besides, the real-time offers you additional protection when you work on your computer or surf the web.