This page aims to help you remove Minisrclink.cool “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Minisrclink.cool is a browser hijacker application which may get installed on your computer without specifically notifying you about the installation. The application can easily integrate with browsers the likes of Chrome, Firefox and Explorer and may alter their settings (most commonly, the main search engine and/or the homepage) with the goal to generate sponsored content on the users’ screen. Initially, Minisrclink.cool pretends to be a free tool, a useful add-on for the browser which can improve the web experience but in reality, it starts to display various pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect links inside the window of the default browser without asking for approval. As a result, every time you start a new browsing session, you may have to deal with hundreds of adverts which may be quite challenging to remove and may cover the contents of the pages that you actually want to visit.
How can Minisrclink.cool enter your PC?
Even though Minisrclink.cool might look like a strange and aggressive application, its purpose isn’t to harm your computer. The creators of the browser hijacker typically use it for sponsored generation of advertisements and are not interested in corrupting your system or stealing sensitive information from you. Therefore, we cannot put this software next to serious system threats such as Ransomware, Trojans and other nasty viruses. Still, its presence on the computer may be considered as potentially unwanted because the hijacker may place some unauthorized and unwanted changes on your browser and alter the way it operates. What is more, a hijacker may get installed on the computer without your actual informed permission. This may mostly happen if you download and install some free third-party application bundles or automatic updates without paying close attention to the Advanced/Custom settings if their setup menus. Luckily, if you have made Minisrclink.cool part of your system accidentally, in the next lines, you will learn how to uninstall it and remove all of its imposed and invasive changes.
Potentially unwanted effects
As we already said above, it is unlikely for the browser hijacker to harm your computer like a virus or to mess with your data like a Ransomware infection. However, this does not mean that you will not face some potentially unwanted effects if you keep Minisrclink.cool on your system. For instance, one of the main issues that you may have to deal with is the constant generation of aggressive ads and click prompts, which may appear on every page that you try to visit. Another very annoying thing is the unstoppable page-redirect activity which may land you on different unfamiliar sites which may have nothing in common with your actual searches. This behavior of the hijacker may not only worsen your web browsing experience but it may also expose you to various security hazards, illegal websites, misleading links and fake ads. That’s why the best way to gain control over your browser is to simply uninstall the hijacker application and remove all of its related ads and components.
How to remove Minisrclink.cool?
The fastest and the safest way to remove Minisrclink.cool is to use a professional removal tool which can automatically scan your entire system and uninstall all the related components. Another alternative is to select the manual removal method and carefully navigate to the hijacker-associated files in order to delete them. In the removal guide above, we explain the manual method but in this same guide, you can also find an automatic removal tool, so take a look at the instructions and choose the solution that works best for you.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||This program may spam your screen with various sponsored commercials and redirect your searches to different websites.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling is the most common method of distribution along with free download links, torrents, ads and spam.|
Remove Minisrclink.cool “Virus”
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Minisrclink.cool software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Minisrclink.cool on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Minisrclink.cool in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Minisrclink.cool and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Minisrclink.cool in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.