If you want to get rid of the intrusive piece of software called LocalStorage Manager that has recently been disrupting your browsing activities, then you need not look any further. On this page, you can find a guide for removing LocalStorage Manager which is likely the main cause behind the nagging ads, page redirects and unpleasant changes enforced on your browser. So, if your browser homepage and search engine have been replaced and if you are constantly receiving ads and page redirects brought to you by LocalStorage Manager, then make sure to stay with us until the end of this write up as the information that will follow is likely going to help you deal with the pesky software piece in a quick and effective manner.
Local Storage Manager
Local Storage Manager is a software piece that falls under the browser hijacker software category and similarly to most other apps of this type, it is seen by the majority of users and security experts as a PUA (potentially unwanted application). Just like most other hijackers, it can make unwanted modifications to the browser you normally use as well as spam you with ads and redirect you to pages that you don’t necessarily want to visit. All of this, however, can usually be easily dealt with if you know what to do. In case you have Local Storage Manager and want to have it uninstalled and removed, be sure to check out the following guide or use the recommended removal tool available below.
Browser hijackers – what are they?
There are thousands upon thousands of extensions, add-ons and plug-ins for popular browsing programs like IE, Firefox, Edge, Chrome and so on and most of them are at the very least somewhat helpful or at least not problematic. However, a browser hijacker, though similar to a regular extension for your browser, is typically regarded as a software component that is rather undesirable due to its aggressive advertising functions. Hijackers are widely-known as online advertising tools and promoting stuff is their primary function. If you have a hijacker on your computer, there will likely be all kinds of ads, banners, pop-ups, blinking boxes and other sorts of advertising materials inside your browser every time you start a new session. Of course, this can be really unpleasant and obstructive and could make it quite difficult for you to reach the site, webpage or Internet resource that you’re looking for.
Are hijackers malware?
Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits, Exploit kits, Worms and other types of malware are actual cyber threats that can harm your computer and compromise your online safety and security. Hijackers, on the flip site, aren’t technically malicious applications since all that they usually do is advertise stuff, albeit in an aggressive manner. Sure, some of the ads could land you on sketchy pages and could mislead you into spending money on stuff you don’t really need or trick you into installing more undesirable software. However, a software component like LocalStorage Manager is rather unlikely to directly harm your computer, system or data in any way. Still, though, as we mentioned, the ads displayed by such software pieces aren’t usually regarded as the safest forms of online content which is why we advise you to keep a safe distance from them. Even better, if you manage to remove the hijacker, this would make the ads and the page redirects stop which would, in turn, make your browsing experience safer. So, again, we ought to remind you that the best course of action if a hijacker like LocalStorage Manager is currently on your computer likely is to get rid of it and, as we said before, you can do that by using the guide on this page or the suggested security tool that’s also available in the removal manual.
Different ways of hijacker distribution
One of the main methods used to spread such apps is the installation-bundling – this is when an installation manager of a certain program has bonus software components added to it. Normally, the extra apps would be useful or at least not unwanted but every now and then such an added app would be a hijacker. However, unchecking the bundled component from the setup menu (usually from the Advanced setup section) would prevent the potentially unwanted app from getting installed on the computer alongside the main software. Other ways of spreading hijackers include spam e-mail distribution, malvertising, the use of pirated downloadables and of torrent files. A lot of hijackers even have their official sites where they are presented as useful and helpful software apps. Different sketchy streaming sites could also be used for spreading such software. All in all, you ought to be careful when surfing the web or else you might get one such unwanted app installed on your machine without even realizing it.
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Remove LocalStorage Manager Malware
To try and remove LocalStorage Manager 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 LocalStorage Manager extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove LocalStorage Manager by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of LocalStorage Manager and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed LocalStorage Manager 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.
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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Uninstall the LocalStorage Manager app and kill its processes
The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from LocalStorage Manager. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.
Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.
- Uninstalling the rogue app
- Killing any rogue processes
Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.
Click on anything you think could be linked to LocalStorage Manager, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to LocalStorage Manager.
If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.
After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.
Undo LocalStorage Manager changes made to different system settings
It’s possible that LocalStorage Manager has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:
Type in Start Menu: View network connections
Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:
Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps
Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler
Type in the Start Menu: Services
Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor
Press Ctrl + F to open the search window
Remove LocalStorage Manager from your browsers
- Delete XXX from Chrome
- Delete XXX from Firefox
- Delete LocalStorage Manager from Edge
- Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
- Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
- Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
- Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
- Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
- Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
- Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
- Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
- Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
- From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
- Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
- Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.