Sponsored Links virus
The Sponsored Links virus is a very broad term for potential malware (or a potentially unwanted program) categorized as adware, a browser hijacker, and spyware. Malware used to display Sponsored Links advertisements primarily install to a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system and attach to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension without direct user consent. The Sponsored Links program may do this in order to serve targeted advertisements, which may create additional privacy relating issues for computer users.
Sponsored Links can be displayed by a very large amount of programs. Most freeware and shareware items earn revenue via sponsored links and affiliate or partnership programs. Some legitimate programs will display sponsored links, including search results and advertisements.
Here’s an example of potential malware and PUPs that may display sponsored links:
Once Sponsored Links malware is installed, the adware program will being to collect user information and will display target advertisements, deals, offers for searched items or currently viewed websites and products on retail websites.
Sponsored Links advertisements are displayed in a variety of forms. Some are pop-under browser redirects that take up an entire browser window or computer screen, in-text ads that say “Ads by Sponsored Links” on them, or pop-up advertisements that appear in images and say “brought by Sponsored Links” on them.
Programs used to display these links may change existing browser settings, such as the homepage and default search engine. This will cause unwanted browser redirects and start ups, as well as other issues.
How does Sponsored Links malware get onto a computer?
Users are sometimes given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Sponsored Links software and other items; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.
How to remove the Sponsored Links virus
- Automatically remove Sponsored Links virus – Scan for and automatically remove Sponsored Links and third-party malware
- Manually remove Sponsored Links virus – Remove/Uninstall Sponsored Links and third-party malware (if necessary)
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1. Automatic Sponsored Links virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Sponsored Links and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
4. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
5. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Sponsored Links adware and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Sponsored Links and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Sponsored Links, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Sponsored Links virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Sponsored Links and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Sponsored Links
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Sponsored Links and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button. Keep in mind that Sponsored Links may use a different title name than suggested.
How to remove Sponsored Links add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Sponsored Links add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Sponsored Links extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Sponsored Links add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Sponsored Links add-on and remove it if located.