How to remove the Linkey malware

Most antivirus programs classify iedll.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Artemis!E4812946C9D3 (detected by McAfee), and SearchSuite (detected by Sophos). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Linkey software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about Linkey and how to get rid of it.

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Iedll.dll file information

The process known as Linkey belongs to software Linkey by Aztec Media.

Description: Iedll.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Iedll.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 175,632 bytes (75% of all occurrences), 138,256 bytes, 154,640 bytes or 156,176 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 4D9101D6-5BA0-4048-BDDE-7E2DF54C8C47. The program is not visible. Iedll.dll is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system file. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). Iedll.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 65% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with iedll.dll, you may also want to uninstall the software Linkey using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify iedll.dll related errors

If iedll.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 182,800 bytes (73% of all occurrences) or 175,632 bytes. The program is not visible. It is able to monitor web browsers. The file has a digital signature. Iedll.dll is not a Windows core file. Iedll.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: You should check the iedll.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Linkey has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving iedll issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active iedll process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the iedll.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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