This page aims to help you remove Luckysite 123 “Virus”. These Luckysite 123 “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Luckysite 123 is a browser hijacker and therefore one of the most annoying pieces of software you can encounter on the web. Browser hijackers are fairly common and there’s nothing to fear if one of them has made its way onto your machine. However, there are some aspects to their way of functioning that do make their presence unwanted. And by that we mean more than just the substituted homepage and default search engine that keeps redirecting you to various strange online locations within your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other favorite browser. In this article we will aim to discuss all the most important points regarding Luckysite 123 and its kin and we will also show you how you can quickly and easily remove the invasive program on your own. For that you may refer to our removal guide just below the article.
What Luckysite 123 “Virus” really is and what it’s after
As a browser hijacker, Luckysite 123 has a single goal on your machine: promoting various products, services and websites. It’s basically a sophisticated advertising tool that can do a bit more than just display different banners, popups, box messages, in-text links and other ads. For example, browser hijackers are often capable of customizing the ad flow and making it to fit the specific user they’re targeting. How? Well, as they integrate with your browser (hijack), they have access to your browsing history and can keep track of your browsing patterns. Moreover, they collect and store this data in order to tailor the ad flow to your preferences. Don’t worry, Luckysite 123 doesn’t have access to sensitive information like banking details, personal accounts credentials including passwords, etc. What they do include in their analysis, though, are your search queries, the content you show interest in on social media, for example, and other data of the sort. This is done to increase the chances of you actually interacting with the ads and not just trying to dodge them as much as possible. And the reason for this is because the developers of programs like Luckysite 123 get paid based on the amount of clicks the ads receive.
Thanks to a remuneration model called Pay Per Click, the more times you click on certain ads, the more revenue the software developers earn, obviously from those, whose products they’re advertising. And while this may seem like an innocent way of making a living (or at times, a killing), this practices has aroused privacy concerns. After all, very few people would feel comfortable with some uninvited program scanning their browsing history and creating a sort of profile on their interests. This has contributed to earning browser hijackers the status of PUP’s or potentially unwanted programs. Furthermore, we can say that it really isn’t safe to interact with the ads, but that’s something that has to do with third party factors, rather than the hijackers themselves. Hijackers like Luckysite 123 are not malicious programs and should not be confused with viruses, however with the growing popularity of online threats like ransomware, harmful and deceitful practices like malvertising are becoming more commonplace. Malvertising is a word that describes the process of infecting an online ad, like the ones you are constantly seeing, and making it either redirect you to a contagious website or downloading a virus on your machine directly. What’s more, most often this process runs completely undetected and chances are you won’t even notice it until it’s already too late to stop it.
For this reason we would recommend the removal of Luckysite 123 and avoidance of interacting with any of its ads. Another thing that makes hijackers be perceived as PUP’s is the way they get installed on people’s computers. Often affected users have no idea how they got the hijacker in the first place, which may also make them believe they’ve been infected by a virus. The main distribution method for this type of programs are program bundles. They ensure the passage of hijackers onto your machine, as they are essentially included in the setup wizard of other programs. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they must be included in the installation process. So, in order to prevent that from happening, the next time you install new software onto your machine, make sure that you opt for the custom or advanced option. This will allow you to see any added content and will let you remove it from the list of programs that will be installed.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Altered browser settings and a flow of numerous ads.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles you can download for free from various open source download platforms and similar sites.|
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How to Remove Luckysite 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 Luckysite 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 Luckysite 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 Luckysite 123 from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Luckysite 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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