WARNING! Loztol.info is an advertising based pest, and all of the viruses of this class employ one very obvious technique: they attempt to trick you into installing more of their kind. The tricks can take the form of banners that inform you you are missing plugins, updates on legitimate programs like Flash Player and Java, and recommendations about download and video managers. There are cases when a malware can even present itself as a “concerned” virus removal tool that tells you you are infected. You then just need to “download the complete tool.” This is a fake of course, as are all of the other things I listed. If you click on one of them and you find yourself suddenly installing something, press CTRL+ALT+DEL simultaneously to open the task manager and stop the process of whatever it is that’s being installed.
- On a very serious note, remember that Loztol.info is more dangerous the longer it remains on your PC. Adware are notorious for collecting cookies and passwords, then sending them to whoever created the virus.l This is especially dangerous if you use any online payment methods. Our recommendation is to change the passwords if you do, once you are rid of Loztol.info.
- Your PC’s speed will suffer immediately after the infection begins. This is due to the advertisements being generated aside from the pages (meaning they’re not part of them). Your PC has to manually create them instead of just loading them. If stuttering becomes too unbearable, limit the tabs you have open.
- Under no circumstances should you click on the advertisements. They appear to be real, but reroute you to different websites with no clear relation to what you were viewing. There is always a virus waiting for you in such websites, and some these threats are a lot worse than Loztol.info.
How To Avoid Loztol.info (And Other Malware)
Loztol.info has one really big way of infiltrating systems, and knowing it should help you avoid viruses of this type. That is through either a bundle with an infected program, or through an outright fake one. A fake program, also known as a shell, is a corrupted installer that simply installs the virus. It is useful unless you are tricked into opening it, and the the way that happens is through tracking software. Basically when you search for torrents or specific files, there are programs that can track your search queries and renames themselves to fit whatever you wanted to find. If you open the files you downloaded you get infected.
The second way is through being bundled with a free program. The creators of free software (video managers, optimization tools, etc.) are commonly known to receive payments to include adware in their programs. But they fear that someone might sue them, so they make everything legal by announcing beforehand that you will be receiving advertisements. After all you can’t complain if you clicked Next or Accept, right? They are basically banking on you not paying attention. Like this:
So in essence simply keep an eye out for any mentions of advertisements, and cancel the setup if you see such.
How to Remove Loztol.info
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
This, right here, is the Control Panel.
Search around for Loztol.info and anything else suspicious-looking. Be careful, but not too much – malware sometimes choose different names to confuse you, so take note of anything recently added that seems like a virus to you. Highlight and Uninstall these.
Loztol.info has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each of them.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Loztol.info . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type whatever you want, then click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
The virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, click Loztol.info and select .
The click for the second time, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, you should remove anything but the search engines you normally use(probably Google).
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions
Find Loztol.info then Uninstall.
STEP 3 (Optional)
This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:
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You may also want to check out Step 4 – we’ve prepared a short guide for optimizing PCs after a malware has been removed
If you were not successful, then continue reading.
STEP 4 (Optional)
If you’ve reached this step, then well done for removing Loztol.info . We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested you can check it out here.