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fix your computerGuardlink.org is reported to be a ‘Ghost Referrer’ spam that is seen to affect Google Analytics data with the purpose of directing traffic to its website and therefore generating profits. Google Analytics is useful and unique, and it is used to gather information on a website’s traffic. Such ghost referral spams may interfere with the statistics of sites, making the job for the site administrator much more difficult. This could result in consequences such as investments, based on wrong statistics (in case the spam is in huge amounts) and others.

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This is the activity of transferring hoax web traffic to a third-party site or a product. This trend has been growing rapidly, and it has to be addressed in time or it can result in serious consequences.

There are two main referral spamming methods that are being widely used at the moment:

Type Number 1: Crawlers

These spamming waves are usually unidentified, and they have the ability to modify rapidly the statistic details (increase bounce rate rapidly, for example). Some spammers in this category remove a site from their spamming ‘list’ after they have been notified to stop or after users have input their site links in removal options tools on their sites. However, some may remain and have to be prevented from analytics, which may prove to be a headache in some cases.

Type Number 2: Ghost Referrer

This kind of traffic is what Guardlink.org is may be very malefic to an affected site in some cases. In case you are using Google Analytics, there is a big chance that you have already seen such type of spam since it is also the most widely distributed.

Some experts, like Ben Davis at viget.com, report that this sort of spam does not have an actual presence on a site. In some cases spammers may have exploited the free information transferring through HTTP-based prompts. This means that a spammer can spoof (i.e. fake) an HTTP session without much sweat. This could be done with software, designed for this particular purpose. It may send hoax HTTP requests directed to various Analytics options, and this may eliminate the need for the program even visiting a site that it is targeting. Also, experts report that it can fake search results as well.

Guardlink.org may corrupt Google Analytics statistical information, resulting in modifications in traffic and duration times which could devalue the data. This is frustrating since it makes it difficult if you attempt to take measures and analyse the traffic, click rates and others. Sites with traffic rates that are considered to be low, in general, are in greater danger. This is because only one spamming domain may devalue the data on a site for a very short time. And there are many domains being reported on a very often basis.

Similar to other referral spam sites, such as erot.co spam that has been reported for some other malicious acivities, guardlink.org may result in several different consequences for the user:

-It could replace its URL with the victim site’s link, and this can lead to identifying the victim site as a spamming one. This could happen without any knowledge of the user and may be devastating in the long term for the place, if not treated properly.

-It may modify the SEO measures, by creating links from victim sites that include them in their access logs. Such tactic is usually done with the purpose of gaining popularity in Google search results for the spammers’ web link. This could affect any website with analytic data published.

-It might spread malware by creating links from sites that include it in their content. This is very dangerous since data could be obtained directly from the site, giving spammers the opportunity to send even more spam. Also, there is the nightmarish possibility that if this happens, a huge chunk of the information on the site data may be compromised – users’ personal information, financial information, etc.

Guardlink.org claims on their web page to create secure links that protect users who upload or share data on the web for extended periods of time. However, when we tried to create such a hotlink, it redirected to their web page, generating its owners traffic.

In case you have spotted links, similar to www.guardlink.og/XJ332aB this is a clear sign that you have a referral spam on your GA. Experts, like the web analyst Carlos Escalera from ohow.com advise following the after mentioned instructions to create filters for such domains.

→Filtering Guardlinkg.org:
Step 1: Click on the ‘Admin’ tab on your GA web page.
Step 2: Choose which ‘View’ is to be filtered and then click the ‘Filters’ button.
Step 3: Click on ‘New Filter’
Step 4: Write a name, such as ‘Spam Referrals’.
Step 5: On Filter Type choose Custom Filter –>Exclude Filter –> Field: Campaign Source–> Filter Pattern. Then on the Pattern, enter the domain name – guardlink.com
Step 6: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.
You are done! Congratulations!

Bear in mind that if you have already done this procedure it is possible to add only guardlink.org to the same to save characters. In case you have seen this spam long enough, recommendations are to download a reputable anti-malware tool on your system in order to detect any threats that might be associated with this malicious domain and ensure further protection.

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Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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How to Remove Guardlink.org from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Guardlink.org

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Guardlink.org 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Guardlink.org on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Guardlink.org there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Guardlink.org with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Guardlink.org from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Guardlink.org and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Guardlink.org:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Guardlink.org. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Guardlink.org. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Guardlink.org 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Guardlink.org. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Guardlink.org files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Guardlink.org, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Guardlink.org:


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Remove Guardlink.org 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.


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Erase Guardlink.org 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.



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Uninstall Guardlink.org 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.



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Remove Guardlink.org 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Guardlink.org will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Guardlink.org 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.


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