Leechlink.net is a malicious domain, that can attach to any website you visit. It is also a browser hijacker and has one of the most aggressive adware campaigns around the internet. To know how to remove everything related to Leechlink.net, you should carefully read the whole article.
The redirects lead to various sites, some of which are ad-supported, others have some unwanted software for download. You can also get redirected to phishing sites or ones with malicious code. Your homepage and new tab page could be modified, and a browser toolbar or extension are not excluded to be added to your browsers.
|Type||Malicious Domain, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser could be modified and you will be redirected to advertising, malicious and phishing sites.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings are changed. You experience redirects on almost every click. Advertisements show on webpages.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling, Suspicious Sites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Leechlink.net.|
Leechlink.net – Distribution Methods
Leechlink.net can be distributed most commonly via an application extracted by a third-party installer setup. You can get such software on your PC, unaware that it hides in freeware installations and bundle packages. Such bundle packs have additional components for installation inside. These components are rarely disclosed, thus the Leechlink.net domain attaches to your browsers. Installing it is avoidable if you find a Custom or an Advanced install sub-menu in the setup.
There are other distribution methods that can attach the malicious domain in your browsers. That can happen via advertisement clicks, pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and suspicious website visits. Leechlink.net can generate all sorts of redirects. The malicious domain might add a browser extension as well. Every browser can be affected, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Leechlink.net – More Information
Leechlink.net is a malicious domain. If you have software, related to it on your computer, you will start seeing all kinds of unwanted activity when you are browsing. Your homepage and new tab page can be modified, and you might see a browser extension added as well. Not only does this malicious domain have hijacking capabilities, but also has its very own search engine with the address: leechlink.net/search?q=. This is shown in the picture here:
You can see different sites being advertised and also a there is link to the Bing search engine, but the leechlink.net domain is attached, which creates a frame around the main page of a targeted website. That frame might contain only in-text links with redirects to other sites or a lot of ads on the page you are visiting.
You can see an example shown in the picture below, where the whole page is a copy of the original one but filled with advertising content from top to bottom:
When you are browsing, you will get redirected to various domains. All of them probably make money on a pay-per-click scheme. These redirects can land you on phishing sites, ad-supported sites, sites with software downloads and malicious code inside. You shouldn’t click on any redirects, although some of them load automatically, even without hovering with the mouse. Some of the most notorious and common redirects are to the following sites:
Those sites will display prompts for different actions, like installing fake video players or updates, presented as necessary. Other prompts for installing things that are claimed to be useful by the sites happen as well. You can often get redirected to an official, trusted and well-renowned domains, but with the frame of Leechlink.net on them. As it happened to us when researching:
Remove Leechlin.net Completely
To try and remove Leechlin.net and its every file and modification manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. If the manual removal does not get rid of the malicious domain and redirects completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will also keep your computer safe from future threats.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Leechlink.net from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Leechlink.net from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Leechlink.net from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Leechlink.net from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Leechlink.net from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Leechlink.net from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Leechlink.net from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Leechlink.net from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Leechlink.net
Step 2: Uninstall Leechlink.net and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Leechlink.net on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Leechlink.net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Leechlink.net from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Leechlink.net and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Leechlink.net via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Leechlink.net from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Leechlink.net from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Leechlink.net from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Leechlink.net from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Leechlink.net will be removed.
Eliminate Leechlink.net from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.