Linksicle is a PUP, Potentially Unwanted Program, that is used to add advertising content to affected Web browsers. Linksicle uses in-text advertisements that pop-up in a new window. Linksicle advertisements may appear whenever you visit numerous popular websites, including Facebook, Amazon, Google and YouTube. Linksicle is a Web browser add-on that is supported by online advertising. The Linksicle PUP may affect various Web browsers. Versions of Linksicle are available for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and may also affect other popular Web browsers on the Windows operating system. Linksicle is distributed using various advertisement platforms and is installed using misleading tactics. If Linksicle is installed on your Web browser, security researchers strongly recommend the use of a reliable anti-malware program to protect your computer and remove this PUP immediately.
How Linksicle Enters Can Infect Your Computer
In most cases, Linksicle is installed when a computer user downloads and installs freeware from an unreliable, poorly-regulated source. PUPs like Linksicle use this method often to enter computers, and there are certain types of freeware programs that are usually related with these types of unwanted components (for example, media players, video streaming applications, file format converters, PDF readers and creators and download managers). Marketers may bundle these types of applications with PUPs like Linksicle to ensure that they are installed by unsuspecting computer users. Example of free programs that are known to be bundled with Linksicle include such apps as 1ClickDownload, Superfish, Yontoo and FBPhotoZoom. Because of this, ESG security researchers strongly advise computer users never to install freeware from unreliable sources and to use custom installation to monitor all of the components that are being installed along with the free application.
The Unusual Tactics Used by Linksicle
Linksicle inserts in-text advertisements into otherwise safe websites. Linksicle works by highlighting certain words and turning them into links. These links use a double underline to differentiate themselves from normal links in the source text. When computer users pass their cursor over the highlighted text, a pop-up advertisement will appear. Whenever computer users click on links displayed by Linksicle, the developers of Linksicle receive affiliate marketing payouts. Linksicle adds banner advertisements to websites and may cause other problems, such as browser redirects and performance problems on the affected Web browser.
How Can You Detect Linksicle?