Remove LuckyStarting Virus (May 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove the LuckyStarting Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Having your Firefox, IE, Edge or Chrome browser invaded by some shady program that causes frequent page redirects and changes the browser’s homepage and adds to it a new search engine/a new toolbar is not something uncommon. In fact, there are quite a few programs capable of doing this; so much so that there is a separate term used to refer to them. That term is Browser Hijacker and today, we will be talking about one such program in particular that is known by the name of LuckyStarting Virus. If you are a user that has had this piece of software installed onto their machine and you want to remove it so that it no longer messes with your browser and Internet settings, look no further. The final part of this article is a neat removal guide that will show you a number of methods that you can employ in order to not only uninstall the nagging Hijacker but also ensure that there’s nothing left from it on your PC. However, we strongly advise you to first read the article itself, since the information contained within it is important and can greatly help you in the future.

Are Hijackers like LuckyStarting Virus dangerous?

Think of Browser Hijackers as programs that are somewhere in between regular and helpful software and harmful malware viruses. Generally, typical Hijackers are legal programs. However, since they would more than likely try to implement undesirable changes to both your browser and the Internet settings of your PC, they are usually considered to be potentially unwanted. The purpose of those changes normally has something to do with online marketing. For example, the Hijacker might be used to promote a certain website, which is why it would change your browser’s homepage to the said website. This is basically the main reason why such programs are created in the first place – they are used as online advertising tools. However, due to the fact that most of them are rather intrusive and can have a number of negative effects on your system and online experience, most experts recommend that the Hijacker is removed as soon as possible. This is also our advice for you – even though LuckyStarting Virus might not be some noxious Ransomware or Spyware virus, you’d probably be better off without it.

Aggressive advertising

As we mentioned in our previous paragraph, Browser Hijackers are, to say the least, unpleasant to have on your computer. However, their potential to annoy you is certainly not the only negative trait that they posses. As was stated above, there are a number of other issues that one might have with a program like LuckyStarting Virus and here are a few examples:

  • Apart from making unwanted changes to the browser without the user’s permission, a lot of Hijackers are known to fill the browser with obstructive ads that are not only irritating but could also sometimes prove to be a security hazard. Clicking on such adverts generated by Browser Hijackers is highly inadvisable and should always be avoided.
  • A very unpleasant trait of many programs the likes of LuckyStarting Virus is that they might try to collect personal information by scanning the browser history on the computer they are on. The collected information is usually employed for the purposes of the online marketing and the user from which it has been gained has absolutely no control over what happens with their personal data.
  • Unauthorized changes to the computer’s Registry implemented by Browser Hijackers are also quite common. Most of the time the purpose of this is not malicious but even so, modifications to your PC’s Registry can potentially leave it open to more dangerous threats the likes of Ransomware, Trojan horses, Spyware, etc.

Keep the shady software away from your machine

Our goal in this last paragraph is to help you ensure the safety and security of your computer by preventing any unwanted programs from getting installed on it. There are several essential tips and rules that we want to put our emphasis on so make sure you remember them and make use of them from no on:

  • The Internet is a great thing but if the user is not careful it could also be a dangerous place. Everyone should approach the World Wide Web with caution and responsibility. This means that the sites you visit should be ones that are trusted and the online services and download sources you use should be verified as safe and secure.
  • In addition to our previous piece of advice, you must also be extremely attentive when opening new e-mails or when you receive any other form of online message that contains links and file attachments. Unless you are absolutely sure that the link/file attachment is safe, do not interact with it!
  • Finally, be thoughtful and vigilant when installing new programs on your PC since LuckyStarting Virus might be bundled with them. Do not rush through the different setup stages within the installation menu or you might fail to notice that a certain piece of software has been added to the main program and if that piece of software is a Hijacker, it would get installed alongside the program that you actually want. Therefore, always check all options in the setup wizard and if there’s anything added that looks shady, uncheck it in order to prevent it from getting installed on your computer.

 

SUMMARY:

Name LuckyStarting
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Changes to your browser and Internet settings that you did not agree to as well as shady online ads and banners are the most typical symptoms of a Hijacker.
Distribution Method Websites with a lot of shady adverts, sketchy torrent files, spam online messages and also the infamous file-bundling method.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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LuckyStarting Virus Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

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).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove LuckyStarting Virus 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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove LuckyStarting Virus from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove LuckyStarting Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove LuckyStarting Virus from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!