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What is Link Wiz?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Link Wiz is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Link Wiz?

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

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and this warning during install:

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This is the kind of text pop-ups you may see:

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How did Link Wiz get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.

How do I remove Link Wiz?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Link Wiz?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Link Wiz completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Link Wiz adware. �It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:

O23 - Service: Link Wiz 1.10.0.13 Client Service (lwsvc_1.10.0.13) - Link Wiz - C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service\lwsvc.exe
You may see these lines in FRST logs:

 (Link Wiz) C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service\lwsvc.exe R2 lwsvc_1.10.0.13; C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service\lwsvc.exe [278592 2015-04-02] (Link Wiz) R1 lwnfd_1_10_0_13; C:\Windows\System32\drivers\lwnfd_1_10_0_13.sys [52720 2015-04-02] (Link Wiz) () C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13 (Link Wiz) C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\lwnfd_1_10_0_13.sysLink Wiz 1.10.0.13 (HKLM\...\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13) (Version: 1.10.0.13 - Link Wiz)
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)---------------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13       Adds the file terms-of-service.rtf"="3/24/2015 5:41 PM, 24053 bytes, A       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="4/2/2015 10:12 PM, 313272 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses       Adds the file buildcrx-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 7074 bytes, A       Adds the file Info-ZIP-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 2944 bytes, A       Adds the file JSON-simple-license.txt"="10/30/2014 2:55 AM, 11558 bytes, A       Adds the file nsJSON-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 809 bytes, A       Adds the file Nustache-license.txt"="10/30/2014 2:55 AM, 1079 bytes, A       Adds the file TaskScheduler-license.txt"="10/30/2014 2:55 AM, 0 bytes, A       Adds the file UAC-license.txt"="5/19/2014 9:10 PM, 956 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service       Adds the file lwsvc.exe"="4/2/2015 10:11 PM, 278592 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers       Adds the file lwnfd_1_10_0_13.sys"="4/2/2015 10:11 PM, 52720 bytes, ARegistry details [View: All details] (Selection)------------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13]       "cr-at"="REG_SZ", ""       "cr-pid"="REG_SZ", ""       "cr-ver"="REG_SZ", "41.0.2272.118"       "dbsr"="REG_SZ", "iexplore"       "features"="REG_SZ", "0x01000000"       "ff-at"="REG_SZ", ""       "ff-pid"="REG_SZ", ""       "ff-ver"="REG_SZ", "25.0 (en-US)"       "hid"="REG_SZ", "99B84D34-775B-F8F2-2E33-C48517F1E2F6"       "ie-at"="REG_SZ", ""       "ie-pid"="REG_SZ", ""       "ie-ver"="REG_SZ", "11.0.9600.17691"       "iid"="REG_SZ", "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"       "itm"="REG_SZ", "2015-04-09T09:50:57Z"       "nf-at"="REG_SZ", "2E4F177A-CFFE-A9CB-AB67-310FAA4F3AEA"       "nf-pid"="REG_SZ", "6DCD24F6-ABD5-4C8A-A3A9-0BC24680FE28"       "nid"="REG_SZ", "8D41449E-BF91-4FFA-A606-498E2B5BF005"       "osn"="REG_SZ", "Windows 7 Ultimate N"       "ost"="REG_SZ", "x32"       "osv"="REG_SZ", "6.1.7601"       "user_sid"="REG_SZ", "S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001"       "ver"="REG_SZ", "1.10.0.13"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Uninstall.exe"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Link Wiz 1.10.0.13"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.10.0.13"       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Link Wiz"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Uninstall.exe"       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.linkwizapp.com"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\lwnfd_1_10_0_13]       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "lwnfd_1_10_0_13"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Group"="REG_SZ", "PNP_TDI"       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "system32\drivers\lwnfd_1_10_0_13.sys"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Tag"="REG_DWORD", 10       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\lwnfd_1_10_0_13\Enum]       "0"="REG_SZ", "Root\LEGACY_LWNFD_1_10_0_13\0000"       "Count"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NextInstance"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\lwsvc_1.10.0.13]       "Description"="REG_SZ", "This service enables Link Wiz 1.10.0.13 on HTTP websites"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Link Wiz 1.10.0.13 Client Service"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service\lwsvc.exe""       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 4/9/2015Scan Time: 11:57:28 AMLogfile: mbamLinkwiz.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: 2.01.0.1004Malware Database: v2015.04.09.03Rootkit Database: v2015.03.31.01License: FreeMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: DisabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x86File System: NTFSUser: MalwarebytesScan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 289445Time Elapsed: 4 min, 2 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 1PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service\lwsvc.exe, 2880, Delete-on-Reboot, [f295df8b07833006fe47ea4def17867a]Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 5PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\lwsvc_1.10.0.13, Quarantined, [f295df8b07833006fe47ea4def17867a], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\lwnfd_1_10_0_13, Quarantined, [107731397515e6503411a691e81ed12f], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13, Quarantined, [12756208deacd66085c0c07760a658a8], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13, Quarantined, [b5d24f1b4149fc3a44af0aaecd3638c8], PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.C, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GLOBALUPDATE\UPDATE\PROXY, Quarantined, [e6a12e3c84061a1c6c04ad0d6e957c84], Registry Values: 3PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.C, HKLM\SOFTWARE\GLOBALUPDATE\UPDATEDEV|AuCheckPeriodMs, 21600000, Quarantined, [3354fa706b1fcd69c512aa0fd72c847c]PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\lwsvc_1.10.0.13|ImagePath, "C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service\lwsvc.exe", Quarantined, [85023d2df09ace68787a388044bf6e92]PUP.Optional.GlobalUpdate.C, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GLOBALUPDATE\UPDATE\PROXY|source, IE, Quarantined, [e6a12e3c84061a1c6c04ad0d6e957c84]Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 3PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13, Delete-on-Reboot, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service, Delete-on-Reboot, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], Files: 17PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Service\lwsvc.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [f295df8b07833006fe47ea4def17867a], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Windows\System32\drivers\lwnfd_1_10_0_13.sys, Quarantined, [107731397515e6503411a691e81ed12f], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\linkwiz-setup-1.10.0.13.exe, Quarantined, [cfb84d1d96f46bcb2f1697a0bc4ade22], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [12756208deacd66085c0c07760a658a8], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-hardwareprofile-v0001, Quarantined, [f1960f5bec9eeb4badf574d5778ec63a], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-install-v0003, Quarantined, [3f48db8f5d2d4de9b3efdd6cd62f07f9], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-processes-v0002, Quarantined, [5f28cd9db0da3ef87d258abfae576b95], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-scheduledtasks-v0001, Quarantined, [aadddc8ee1a9ff37445ebb8e43c2d927], PUP.Optional.Vitruvian.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\vitruvian-installer-softwareregkeys-v0002, Quarantined, [fb8c2e3ccfbbbd791c86f45521e4ae52], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\terms-of-service.rtf, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses\buildcrx-license.txt, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses\Info-ZIP-license.txt, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses\JSON-simple-license.txt, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses\nsJSON-license.txt, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses\Nustache-license.txt, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses\TaskScheduler-license.txt, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], PUP.Optional.LinkWiz.A, C:\Program Files\LinkWiz_1.10.0.13\3rd Party Licenses\UAC-license.txt, Quarantined, [d0b7432747432b0ba0424375798ab54b], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
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