This page aims to help you remove MyLucky123. These MyLucky123 removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
The article you are about to read is based on very important details about the nature and typical behavior of MyLucky123. Professionals in the field of cyber security have classified this program as a browser hijacker. Thus, it possesses all the typical features of any hijacker. Such characteristics include the broadcasting of numerous online ads like pop-ups, slight changes in the appearance of the browser in use (Chrome/ Firefox, etc.) in terms of the default search engine and homepage and sometimes unusual redirecting to unfamiliar Internet addresses. More about this piece of software and how it acts you will find in the article you are about to read.
What else should you know about MyLucky123 “Virus”?
First of all, you should be aware of the simple fact that no browser hijacker has ever represented malware or shown any typical malicious traits. Normally, viruses have specific negative effects on your PC, which is not the case with hijackers. Such effects include the destruction and corruption of data, locking-up of files and folders, extensive intrusive abuse of your private info via copying and sharing your personal credentials and banking details. The program you’re facing right now is not such a product. It has simply been programmed to promote various goods including webpages, products, services and even newly-developed search engines. So to summarize – MyLucky123 is not an actual virus.
Secondly, advertising products and services via pop-up, banner, tab or box-typed online advertisements is a completely normal practice. Ads could be found everywhere at the present moment and the web is not an exception. Browser hijackers function based on a system called Pay-per-click, which enables their developers to profit from each and every single generated advertisement. The vendors of a given product pay an amount of money to the producers of programs like MyLucky123. There is nothing wrong with this activity and it is fully legal. We have mentioned programmers of hijackers like MyLucky123 being paid according to the number of the displayed online ads. This is also why they strive to distribute these ad-producing pieces of software to as many users as possible. The spreading of ad-generating programs usually happens by mixing them with other software and putting them in the infamous program bundles. These bundles are amalgamations of software, which users can have for free – no payment is required for downloading a software bundle. This is the reason why the MyLucky123-based infections are constantly growing in numbers.
As for the contamination with MyLucky123 itself, we are going to give specific details about how it actually takes place. The most typical case follows this scenario: a user downloads a program bundle because of a very interesting game it contains. The same user wants to play the game as soon as possible and that’s why no attention is paid to the installation process. It is performed using the simplest possible wizard feature, which is usually called Automatic, Typical, Default or Quick. The reason why this feature should be avoided is the fact that it skips a lot of the information you should get during the installation process of any program. As a result, your computer might get infected with a hijacker, an Adware-based program or even a virus like Ransomware. The option that should always be used and is regarded as safe is the Custom or Advanced one. No detail of the installation is skipped with that one. This feature also provides you with the option of installing only certain programs or games from the given bundle.
Still, may MyLucky123 have some shady features?
Despite its generally harmless nature, this hijacker could still become the reason for much annoyance. For instance, such programs usually produce too many ads – maybe neither your patience, nor your system resources may be capable of tolerating such a mass production of ads. Your computer might become substantially slower than before the infection. Also, some of the pop-ups that are shown might be very difficult to close, which may irritate you even more. Some users may also share the fear that this software could make their browsers send them to pages with contagious content, which is of course highly improbable.
Ways to remove MyLucky123
It is very fortunate that MyLucky123 is not that dangerous that you wouldn’t be able to remove it. Actually, the uninstallation of this hijacker could be achieved by following some not that complicated steps. The instructions are shared below in the Guide for removing this hijacker.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A completely changed behavior and appearance of all the browsers on your machine: new search engine and homepage, irritating redirecting and possibly many annoying pop-ups.|
|Distribution Method||Developers distribute such software in bundles: along with other programs and possibly games.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
MyLucky123 “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox)
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).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
- Do not skip this – MyLucky123 may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 MyLucky123 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 MyLucky123 from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove MyLucky123 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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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