Remove canlnk.com From Your Browser

This page shows how to remove canlnk.com from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Having a mess with canlnk.com showing up in the lower left corner of your web browser? If that is the case, you might have some potentially unwanted program installed on your system. I noticed canlnk.com in Firefox's status bar, but I guess canlnk.com can show up if you are using Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera too.

Here's how the canlnk.com statusbar message looked like when I got it on my machine:

canlnk.com in the status bar

I noticed canlnk.com in the status bar and the network log while I was browsing a site that I know does not load or link to any content outside of the site.

Here are some of the statusbar messages you may see in your browser's status bar:

If this sounds like what you are seeing on your system, you almost certainly have some potentially unwanted program installed on your computer that makes the canlnk.com domain appear in your browser. So there's no use contacting the owner of the site you were browsing. The canlnk.com status bar notifications are not coming from them.

I'll do my best to help you remove the canlnk.com message in this blog post.

Those that have been reading this blog already know this, but here we go: Not long ago I dedicated a few of my lab machines and intentionally installed some potentially unwanted programs on them. I have been monitoring the behaviour on these systems to see what kinds of ads, if any, that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the potentially unwanted program updates itself, or if it downloads additional software on the computers. I first noticed canlnk.com in Mozilla Firefox's status bar on one of these lab systems.

So, how do you remove canlnk.com from your browser? On the machine where canlnk.com showed up in the statusbar I had a few programs installed, which are often referred to as "potentially unwanted". I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the web browser from loading data from canlnk.com.

The bad news with this type of statusbar message is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program that's installed on my system. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the status bar messages.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for the canlnk.com removal:

The first thing I would do to remove canlnk.com is to examine the programs installed on the machine, by opening the "Uninstall programs" dialog. You can reach this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in "uninstall" in the Control Panel's search field to find that dialog:

Uninstall a program search

Click on the "(Uninstall a program) link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:

Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something shady in there or something that you don't remember installing? Tip: Sort on the "Installed On" column to see if some program was installed approximatelyabout the same time as you started getting the canlnk.com status bar messages.

Then you can examine your browser add-ons. Potentially unwanted programs often appear under the add-ons dialog in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Anything that you don't remember installing?

Firefox add-ons manager

Please also test to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your machine. Did that stop the connections to canlnk.com?

I think you will be able to identify and remove the potentially unwanted program with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the potentially unwanted program. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I've developed since 2006. Freefixer is a tool built to manually identify and remove unwanted software. When you've tracked down the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.

FreeFixer's removal feature is not crippled like many other removal tools out there. It won't require you to purchase the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.

And if you're having a hard time deciding if a file is legitimate or potentially unwanted in the FreeFixer scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up a web page which contains more information about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:

FreeFixer More Info link example

If that did not solve the problem, you can add a blocking for canlnk.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Did this blog post help you to remove canlnk.com? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!

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