How to remove Insightlk.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects
What is Insightlk.com:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
If your computer is infected by the Insightlk.com malware, you will immediately start getting lots and lots of Fake Pop-ups & Redirects by Insightlk.com. If you have already seen some of these fake pop-ups and redirects, we strongly recommend you to run a full system malware scan using our latest, award-winning anti-malware product SpyHunter 4. If you have accepted some of the suggested software updates, video codec updates or other pieces of crapware from the Insightlk.com, you have to perform more than one malware scan, because your computer was probably been infected multiple times by several infections. Our malware specialists took a very close look at these Fake Pop-ups by Insightlk.com and now they found out that all of the pop-ups and redirects are generated by a malicious browser extension, that was installed on your system by using a questionable, shady and suspicious software bundle, that supposedly should deliver some free, popular software … along with multiple malware infections of course. After further investigations, our security researchers came to the conclusion, that the malicious browser extension was designed for a single purpose only – to earn more revenue for its owners. Furthermore, our security consultants are sure, that this browser extension is capable of infiltrating computers without owner’s permission or any other consent. Once activated the malware infection will start collecting your private data including usernames, email addresses, browsing history, browsing locations, SSNs, Real Names, Postal Addresses, Birthdays, passwords, Credit Card Information and/or other financial data or online bank account information, which later will be either sold or shared with some 3rd party companies, which then will use the data for marketing or other purposes. Our security researchers warned us that the Insightlk.com is a malicious website, used by hackers, attackers or cyber criminals or even cyber terrorists from everywhere to redirect traffic to their sponsor links and/or ads and earn revenue from it or to further spread malware infections. The adware uses silent or stealth installation methods and was probably contracted while the user has installed some infected software bundle, has started some suspicious or even dangerous P2P network download or was infected when he used not checked torrent download or of course has played some free online game or has installed some program from some suspicious or even dangerous porn site. The latest test results did show that when first activated, the malware infection will try to modify your browser’s settings and some windows registry database settings, which will make the recovery extremely hard, almost impossible! Insightlk.com is a deceitful, malicious website, used only by cyber criminals, black hat hackers, and cyber crooks. The infection is compatible with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have this particular adware and/or PUP installed on their systems might see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that a Video Player is Ready for Download, Install Media Downloader, Infection was Detected, Please Install The New Java Update or Important Software Update, New Driver Updates are Released etc.. The Insightlk.com is set to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note, that all these web alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Insightlk.com is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which then is converted to cash via one of the many online marketing platforms.
Insightlk.com is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. That’s why you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Insightlk.com bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc..
The purpose of Insightlk.com is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. Insightlk.com may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove Insightlk.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Insightlk.com Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Insightlk.com and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
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Remove Insightlk.com Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Insightlk.com manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this Manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Insightlk.com Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Insightlk.com, WinFix 10, Web Timer, Light Manager, PlayLunar, Kozzoo, Youndoo.com, DynamiteArcade, PC Backup 360, Hohosearch.com, Ads by Albireo, MPC Cleaner, Ads by Advertise, Flirchi.com, Smartsputnik.ru, FunDay24.ru, Liveadexchanger.com, Oziris.zerohorizon.net, Searchguide.level3.com, Vofiles.com, Woruanjian.com, S.admathhd.com, Gangnamgame.net, Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net, Vaudix, PC Optimizer Pro, YoutubeAdBlocker, BuyNSave, Freemake Video Converter or any other third-party add-ons, extensions, and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Insightlk.com from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit the Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit the Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will soon reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Insightlk.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Insightlk.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Insightlk.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Insightlk.com uses to hijack shortcuts should look like (or is similar) to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.
4. Delete any folders or files related to Insightlk.com by checking the following locations: