This page aims to help you remove LuckySearch123. These LuckySearch123 removal instructions work for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
You’re most probably reading this due to a recent infection with a browser hijacker, more specifically – LuckySearch123. Be it the intrusive ads or the altered browser settings that brought you here, we have a solution for the problem and you will find it below in our removal guide. Just follow the simple steps and you will have removed the unwanted program without any difficulties. However, aside from simply uninstalling the hijacker, we think it important that our readers have a basic understanding of the software they’re dealing with. Knowledge is power and in knowing your enemy you have the power to protect yourself from it.
Firs thing’s first: what are browser hijackers?
As pointed out, LuckySearch123 is a browser hijacker, as it has the main traits that are characteristic of this type of software. Among the most obvious such traits are the distribution of numerous ads in various forms, such as banners, popups, box messages etc. Often you can see the words “generated by LuckySearch123” or “provided by LuckySearch123” on these ads, which is a clear indication that they are not generated by the certain web pages you visit, but by a browser add-on. And speaking of browsers, hijackers often implement certain changes to them like substituting the homepage and changing the default search engine. These alterations can often not be changed back within the browser’s settings, as they are automatically returned to the ones set by the hijacker. This can be quite annoying and rather unsettling, leaving many to suspect that they’ve been infected with something dangerous like a virus.
If there’s one thing we ought to be abundantly clear on that’s the fact that browser hijackers like LuckySearch123 are not viruses. They are not malicious and cannot harm your computer or the information stored on it in any way, which is exactly what sets malware like Trojans and ransomware apart from all other programs. With this in mind, however, it’s no reason to be lowering your guard just yet. Browser hijackers still do represent certain risks, though not directly. For example, if you’ve ever heard of the term ‘malvrertisements’, those can be encountered just about anywhere on the web. It may happen that certain ad have been taken advantage of by cybercriminals, who have injected them with a virus that will be automatically downloaded by the victim once they’ve clicked on it. There’s no possibility to tell the difference between a regular ad and a corrupted one, so it’s best you try and avoid interacting with any of the displayed ads to the best of your abilities.
Information storing and other risks
There’s one more disturbing aspect to browser hijackers that often sets them under the category of potentially unwanted programs or PUP’s. Because they mainly operate based on the Pay Per Click scheme (a popular online business model), it’s in the developers’ best interest to generate and display as many ads as possible, so as to gain more clicks on them. Not only this, but they also strive to make their ads relevant to the separate users, because that would logically ensure a greater number of potential clicks. And they’ve come up with a pretty clever tactic to pursue this: the hijacker is programmed to keep track of your browsing history, your search queries and even things you type into your browser or on certain pages. This information is then processed and the ads that will be displayed in the next campaign are made to display content that would match the gathered data. It’s possible that you may have already even noticed this yourself. In addition to the above, browser hijacker developers are also known to sell the recorded data to third parties, which is also plenty of reason for concern among users, who’ve been affected by these programs.
This part is the most crucial, as once you’re aware of the way LuckySearch123 is distributed, you’ll have a better chance at avoiding it in the future. For the most part program bundles are the surest way to contract the hijacker, particularly if you neglect customizing the installation settings in the setup wizard. Failing to do so results in you unknowingly installing whatever was included in the bundle, therefore always go for the advanced settings so as to see the constituents of the bundle and decide which of them you want installed and which you can go without.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A large amount of ads covering your screen; altered browser settings; possible added toolbar to browser.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles are the top distribution method along with spam emails and other hijackers.|
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How to Remove LuckySearch123
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – LuckySearch123 may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 LuckySearch123 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 LuckySearch123 from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove LuckySearch123 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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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