l2l.li is a form of browser-redirecting software created for the purposes of online site-promotion and targeted ad-generation. l2l.li attaches itself to the main browser on the computer and manipulates its settings, causing uncontrolled generation of advertisements, page-redirects, banners, clickbait links, and more.
One of the most annoying types of software today, which many web users seek to uninstall, are the so-called browser hijackers. Their appearance is usually associated with a lot of ads, banners, pop-ups, automatic page-redirects and some changes to the main browser which take place without the users’ direct approval. Other obvious signs of the presence of such software on your system could be the replacement of your main search engine or the homepage with a new and unknown ones, as well as the appearance of new toolbars, buttons, and shortcuts that directly link to specific third-party platforms and sites. It doesn’t matter which browser you use, since practically any of the popular ones may get hijacked by this software, be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer, Opera or another. Unfortunately, you may not be able to remove the imposed changes in any way while the browser hijacker remains operational, which you can quickly see for yourself the moment you try to deal with any of the ads or the related components.
In this article, we will discuss a specific representative of the browser hijacker family called l2l.li . This app is a new addition to this category and it has the ability to promote different products, services, platforms and websites during your regular web browsing sessions and in order to achieve that, it typically gets integrated with your main browser. If you have landed on this page because “ads generated by l2l.li have started to spam your screen and you have started to experience automatic redirects to various sponsored sites, below we will tell you everything you need to know about this application, as well as show you the methods you can use to uninstall it. Moreover, we will also provide you with a very detailed removal guide with screenshots, with the help of which you will be able to find and remove all files and components related to l2l.li , including the new homepage domain or the search engine that might have been imposed on your browser.
The l2l.li Virus
The l2l.li virus, in general, is not considered to be virus or representative of malware categories such as Ransomware, Trojans, or Spyware and it not accurate to refer to them as malware. The sole purpose of the l2l.li virus is to promote and aggressively advertise various kinds of goods, services, websites, etc. on the users’ screens during their regular web surfing.
It is clear that this is beneficial for the manufacturers or distributors of the advertised items and services, but the developers of browser hijackers and other similar software also benefit from this. In fact, the former group pays the latter for including their adverts in the on-screen streaming of the hijacker and for redirecting the users to their sites by making them click on certain links and pop-ups. This happens according to a well-known remuneration system, called Pay Per Click, which is actually the basis for so many businesses. From a legal point of view, the hijackers aren’t forbidden per se – applications like l2l.li and Poshukach operate as advertising tools and are not interested in harming the computer in the way that real viruses, Trojans or Ransomware infections are. The problem with such apps, however, lies in the fact that many security experts and even the users themselves find the constant redirects and ads as intrusive and annoying. Moreover, it is not known how reliable these ads are. That’s why, if you also have concerns, feel free to use the instructions below and get rid of the hijacker once and for all.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Intrusive ads, frequent pop-up interruptions and automatic page-redirects are typical symptoms of this program.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, free installers, torrents, spam messages, ads, automatic updates and freeware sites.|
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Remove l2l.li Virus
To try and remove l2l.li quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the l2l.li extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove l2l.li by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of l2l.li and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed l2l.li removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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 l2l.li 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 l2l.li from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove l2l.li 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
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!