Luckypushwinner has been infecting the browsers of unsuspecting users and causing them to generate vast quantities of online ads. Luckypushwinner therefore falls into the category of browser hijackers and it’s recommended that you see to its removal.
Browser hijackers are not a dangerous software type, however. And with that in mind, they shouldn’t be confused with viruses and malware (e.g. Trojans, ransomware, etc), which is often the case with hijackers like Luckypushwinner. But the truth is that software like this may compromise your system in many ways, and that should already serve as reason enough to have it removed from your PC.
That’s aside from the impact that Luckypushwinner may have on your overall browsing experience. Surely, you’ve already been annoyed by the numerous popups and banners that just keep jumping at you while you’re trying to browse the web in peace. And if you have already started to experience page redirects, too, then you’ve likely already had enough of Luckypushwinner and are more than eager for it to be gone.
Other very irritating effects that such software tends to bring about in one’s browser include the changes made to your default search engine and browser homepage. These are often facilitated with the intention of promoting certain web locations and driving more traffic to them. But that of course doesn’t justify the fact that these browser configurations are basically enforced upon the end user without any benefit for them.
Thus, if you would like to be able to recover the configurations of your Chrome, Firefox or other popular browser, you will need to remove Luckypushwinner from your OS. And this needs to be done in a specific way, as missing to delete certain components of this hijacker will render your efforts fruitless. On this page you will find a detailed removal guide that will show you exactly how to remove this browser hijacker from your computer, so please be sure to follow the instructions exactly as described.
The Luckypushwinner Virus
Most times, users have absolutely no clue as to how they contracted a browser hijacker like the the Luckypushwinner Virus. And normally this is because the developers of the Luckypushwinner Virus rely on shady, underhanded techniques to ensure that it gets distributed and actually reaches the end user.
And in the most common case, we’re referring to program bundling. This is a way of packaging together various pieces of software, where there is usually one main install, and the rest are added in its setup as optional ones. Thus, if you were to run the automatic or default installation of a given program that you downloaded recently, then you would automatically also install whatever added components the developers had included in it.
The way to prevent this from happening is to always opt for the more detailed advanced settings (sometimes also labeled as custom). This will usually give you more steps in the installation process, one of which is bound to disclose what extra components have been included in the setup. And there you should also be allowed the choice of politely declining their installation.
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Luckypushwinner Virus Removal
To try and remove Luckypushwinner 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 Luckypushwinner extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Luckypushwinner by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Luckypushwinner and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Luckypushwinner 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 Luckypushwinner 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 Luckypushwinner from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Luckypushwinner 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!