Threat Database Adware Linkwinners.net

Linkwinners.net

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 5,715
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1,301
First Seen: January 25, 2019
Last Seen: November 15, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Linkwinners.net is a classic piece of adware designed to redirect you to Web pages reflecting your browsing hobbies and interests. Similar to other more or less popular adware tools, Linkwinners.net earns money from sales generated by the sites it advertises on the Web. So, whenever you purchase from such a site, Linkwinners.net's developers make a dime or two, as well.

While there's hardly anything illegal or illegitimate in such an ad-based revenue model, there's virtually no limit on who and what Linkwinners.net may be advertising. Now that is a cause for concern, especially if Linkwinners.net happens to have been paid to promote malware-laden and suspicious places on the Web. Should that be the case, it would be you who would be taking the risk of catching malware from a URL Linkwinners lured you into visiting.

Apart from loading an endless array of potentially dangerous Web pop-ups, tools such as Linkwinners.net may often modify your Web browser settings without asking you for permission to do so beforehand. As a result, you may end up having a new homepage and a search engine you've probably never heard of before. Such behavior is more typical of browser hijackers. However, the modified search engine is optimized to show the sponsored links on top of regular search results, which is why adware tools may sport additional hijacking capabilities.

Linkwinners.net may land on your system from a Web pop-up you clicked on inadvertently. Alternatively, you may have got it as a drive-by download in a software bundle. Either way, getting rid of such a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) may prove troublesome due to its resistant nature unless you pick a reputable anti-malware scanner to do the job for you.

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