LinkWiz, also known as Ads by LinkWiz, is classified as a potentially unwanted program with adware functionalities. It acts as a useful browser-extension compatible with Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. When running on Internet Explorer, LinkWiz performs as a Browser Helper Object, thus becoming hard to stop or uninstall.
Like many other similarly written applications, LinkWiz promises to enhance search results. Users are advised not to trust anything sponsored by the PUP and proceed towards its uninstallation instead.
Why Do I See Ads by LinkWiz on My Browser?
LinkWiz’s distribution method relies on bundled downloads of free applications from the Web. Bundling of software is employed by developers to cover financial losses and may be defined as a ‘slippery slope’. The additional piece of software is mentioned in the EULA, but users tend to skip the advanced installation and so they remain unaware of it. The custom option is the best way to avoid such downloads.
Are Ads by LinkWiz Threatening to My PC?
Adware-like apps pose some security issues to the affected computer. Tracking cookies may be applied to the browser to spy on online activities and define user behavior. Furthermore, personally identifiable data may be harvested, and website credentials may be compromised.
Users should be notified that when adware is applied in the sense of malware, it may become a gateway to various threats. In addition, clicking any of the sponsored by LinkWiz content may redirect the user to an attackers’ page.
Ads by LinkWiz may also be quite intrusive and annoying, running every time a browser or a certain program is started.
Should I Remove Ads by LinksWiz from My PC?
Considering the potential risks it may bring, the PUP’s removal is recommended by security experts.
One option is manual removal but be aware that due to the bundled distribution technique, more than one program may be needed to uninstall to stop LinkWiz’s ads.
To completely rid the system of all issues, running a full system scan and then deleting detected threats may be the best solution.
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