Lucky Site 123
Lucky Site 123 can be a terrible nuisance and can even be an awful scare to people, who have never encountered any before. If you have found this page because you’ve found Lucky Site 123 to have integrated with your favorite Chrome, Firefox, Opera or other browser – you’ve come to the right place.
First off, if this is the first time you’ve had to deal with this kind of software, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s not a virus or malicious program of any kind and doesn’t really pose an actual threat to either you or your PC. However, there are certain things you should be aware of when it comes to these programs besides the obvious changes to your homepage and default search engine, as well as the constant redirecting that goes on. And that is precisely the point of the current article. Furthermore, we would also like to help you in removing Lucky Site 123 from your machine, which is why we have created the removal guide at the bottom of this page.
Browser hijackers – what do they want?
Programs like Lucky Site 123 are designed to serve the online marketing industry. That’s basically all they were ever created for: to advertise series of various products and services and in this way earn money for the developers behind the software. It’s a fairly simple concept but there’s more to it than first meets the eye. But in order to delve deeper into understanding the way hijackers function, we need to explain how the developers profit from them. Pay Per Click is a remuneration scheme that allows the developers of advertising software and browser hijackers to earn revenue based on the amount of clicks the displayed ads receive. This is a very popular business strategy and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. However, here’s where things start getting a bit controversial. In order to squeeze out of this scheme as much gain as possible, the hijackers are typically programmed to do a bit of spying on you, so as to learn your interests. Since they are pretty much part of your browser, they have access to your browsing history and can thus look through your search queries, the pages you’ve been visiting, your bookmarks and also content you’ve been sharing and/or liking on social media platforms. All of this information provides the hijacker with an idea of where your interests lie. Thus, it can modify the stream of popups and banners to suit your preferences.
So, for example, if you’ve been searching for sunglasses online, already the next day you will probably be seeing an increased number of ads showcasing various sunglasses and ‘hot offers’ on them. As you can understand, the probability of you clicking on those ads, as opposed to something completely irrelevant to you, is much higher. However, many users and even security experts disagree with this practice and see it as a privacy invasion. The fact that this data is also often sold to third parties for additional profit doesn’t make it seem any less appealing either. So, this might be a reason why you would like to get rid of Lucky Site 123. In addition, depending of course on your computer’s resources and how powerful the processor is, you may start experiencing hindrances like freezing, crashes, sluggishness and similar. Again, this isn’t something harmful and comes as a result of the fact that Lucky Site 123 calls on your PC resources for the ad-generating process. So, depending on how long it’s allowed to continue, as well as your PC’s parameters, over time your computer’s general performance could be drastically affected.
And as if that weren’t already enough reason to start deleting the browser hijacker related files from your machine, there’s another important negative point that needs to be made. However, this one has less to do with the hijacker and more with its ads. Though Lucky Site 123 is not a virus, it could potentially expos you to viruses, such as ransomware, for example. Ransomware is known to rely on malvertisements, among other things, as a means of distribution. Malvertisements are ads that have been injected with a malicious script, so that clicking on them results in an infection with the virus. There’s no telling which ad is legit and which may have been corrupted by cyber criminals, so we urge you to avoid any interaction with the ads you see on your screen.
|Name||Lucky Site 123|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A new homepage and default search engine that cannot be changed back as long as the browser hijacker is present.|
|Distribution Method||Spam emails, program bundles, various seemingly useful optimization tool ads, etc.|
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How to Remove Lucky Site 123 “Virus”
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Lucky Site 123 successfully!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Lucky Site 123 from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Lucky Site 123 from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Lucky Site 123 from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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