This page aims to help you remove the Lucky Starting Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Discovering a browser hijacker on your computer can be irritating at best and shocking at worst. Whichever one it was in your case – don’t worry, we’re here to help. The current article is dedicated to explaining what a program called Lucky Starting Virus is and what it is capable of doing whilst on your machine. You probably found out about the infection with this particular piece of software when you noticed that your Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge or other popular browser has greeted you with a new homepage and a new default search engine. Furthermore, you have possibly also come to notice that your once effective browsing tool has now become a real nuisance by constantly redirecting you to various sponsored pages and wasting your valuable time in having to close the constantly re-appearing new tabs, windows and banners that expand to cover half your screen. We recommend that you keep reading to find out more about Lucky Starting Virus, so that you are better prepared against any potential future infections of sort. After this article, you will find a detailed removal guide, which will show you exactly how to remove Lucky Starting Virus and all the ads it has flooded your browser with.
What do browser hijackers do and does Lucky Starting Virus represent a threat?
Browser hijackers like Lucky Starting Virus specialize in the generation and distribution of large quantities of online ads. By means of these ads they ensure the promotion and higher exposure of certain products and services, the vendors of which work in collaboration with the hijacker developers. This is a fairly common online business model and usually it’s based on remuneration systems like the popular Pay Per Click or PPC scheme. This system basically means that the browser hijackjer developers receive payment depending on the number of clicks their ads receive. Therefore, as you can guess, it’s in the developers’ best interest to gain as many of those clicks as they possibly can. However, in their striving to do so they often resort to controversial practices that the online community generally frowns upon.
You may or may not know that programs like Lucky Starting Virus often tend to look into your browsing history with the intent of extracting valuable information to their advertising campaigns. Don’t worry, this does not include passwords, personal details or any sensitive information – they don’t have access to that kind of data. The data they do have access to, though, and are especially interested in includes the type of websites you visit, especially those that you bookmark or favorite. In addition, they can be especially interested in the type of content you tend to like and share on social media or your most recent online search requests. All of this points the browser hijacker in the direction of the type of products and services you are most likely to be interested in. Then, in accordance with the gathered information, the program will then adjust the ads displayed on your screen specifically, so as to match your preferences. That way the browser hijacker can increase the number of potential clicks its ads will receive from each separate user, which will, in turn, ensure a higher profit.
Risks and potential danger
The above practice is often seen as a privacy violation and we can’t blame you if that’s what you think of it as well. That is precisely what motivates many security experts to refer to programs like Lucky Starting Virus as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. However, contrary to what users may tend to think, this is not enough to classify Lucky Starting Virus or other software products of this type as viruses or malware. In fact, they possess no malicious traits that would categorize them as such. Nevertheless, the probability of them exposing you to viruses such as Trojans or ransomware is still there. This can happen as a result of the changes that hijackers can often impose on the infected machines system Registry, which could weaken that machine’s defense. Threats could also enter by means of malevrtisements, which are online ads that have been compromised by hackers and injected with malware. You can see how easily that can become an issue with your browser being flooded with tons of online ads. It is for this reason we recommend that you simply remove the program generating all of the ads, so as to minimize the risk of running into one that may cause you trouble.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A changed browser himepage and newly set default search engine usually serve as the first indications of an infection|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles are the leading distribution method, followed by spam emails and other browser hijackers.|
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Lucky Starting 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.
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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:
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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.
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 Lucky Starting Virus 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 Lucky Starting Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Lucky Starting 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 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!