Welcome to our Luckysite123 “Virus” removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
If your Chrome, Edge, IE or Firefox browser has been taken out of your control by a program called Luckysite123 that has changed its homepage and default search engine, as well as performing various redirections without your agreement, we can help you remove the invasive program and revert the changes that it has implemented. However, before we show you how to uninstall the nagging software and remove it, we must ensure that you have a thorough understanding of what this program actually is and what it can potentially do to your PC apart from what we already mentioned. Additionally, you will need to learn how you can prevent such programs from being installed onto your PC in the future so that your system stays clean and safe. All of this information will be provided to you in the next several paragraphs.
Luckysite123 and Browser Hijackers
As was already established above, the Luckysite123 “Virus” is a program that messes with your browser and enforces certain changes to it without asking for permission from the Administrator of the computer. Because of this, we consider it to be a Browser Hijacker. This is a very widely spread type of software and many users encounter it on a daily basis. Typically, applications of this kind are used for online advertising and promoting. However, oftentimes the marketing techniques they use can be quite aggressive and obstructive. Besides, usually these programs have little to no value for the users themselves, making them quite undesirable. This is also why most people want to have the Luckysite123 “Virus” removed from their machine as soon as they realize that it has been installed on the computer. This what we also advise you to do once you’re finished reading this article. Even if the Browser Hijacker possesses some form of an useful feature/function, the negative effects that come from the program vastly outweigh any potential assets that it may (or may not) provide you with.
Hijackers and malware/PC viruses
Browser Hijackers are certainly undesirable to say the least. However, there is a very widely spread misconception regarding how dangerous they actually are. Even though they are oftentimes referred to as malware or viruses, the truth is that those programs are actually quite harmless in terms of potential damage that they might cause to your PC. In most cases, nothing they do is permanent and as soon as you remove the unwanted software, the negative effects will cease. On the other hand, there are types of viruses like the infamous Ransomware, which make sure that even removing them won’t be enough to restore things to to their previous state. Therefore, know that even if a Browser Hijacker has been installed onto your machine and is currently nagging you with its presence, there’s hardly a reason to be worried and concerned. Just make sure to be careful around it and remove it as soon as possible.
What Browser Hijackers can do to your PC and why it is important to eliminate them
While programs like Luckysite123 might usually not be an actual security threat, they are certainly something you’d be better off without. The changes to your browser/s are only part of the unwanted effects that those applications might cause when installed on one’s computer.
- Apart from modifying your browser, Browser Hijackers can also fill it with sketchy banners and generate annoying pop-ups. Since those programs do not actually try to be subtle with their advertising techniques, it is highly likely that the adverts would cover most of your screen making navigation through sites nearly impossible.
- To enhance its intrusive ads, some programs of this type try to gain personal information about the user by monitoring their online searches. After analyzing the gained data, they use it to modify the adverts, making them more relevant to the individual user’s interests and preferences.
- Sometimes, especially if your machine is not too powerful, Browser Hijackers might make it run slower due to heavy use of CPU and RAM by their processes. It is not impossible that your computer starts to crash and freeze due to the excessive system resource usage, though this is not as common.
Make sure to protect your machine!
Obviously, Browser Hijackers are quite an annoyance but if you follow a couple of simple rules and guidelines to keep your PC safe, it is almost certain that you won’t have to deal with them any more.
- Keep away from websites that you cannot fully trust. Being responsible when surfing the internet is key to ensuring the safety and security of your system.
- Never allow files to be automatically downloaded on your PC. Your browser should always ask for a permission before downloading anything.
- If you think that a newly received e-mail or some other text message seems shady, delete it without interacting with its contents, since it might be some form of spam that contains an unwanted piece of software.
- Before installing new programs, make sure that you are well acquainted with all applications that might have been added to the main piece of software. If there are any added installs that look suspicious, make sure to leave them out. Also, if you are allowed to use Custom/Advanced installation settings, do opt for that since this is where the fill list of added contents usually is. Bear in mind that such file-bundles are one of the most effective techniques for distributing unwanted programs such as Luckysite123.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||New browser homepage, search engine and toolbars that have been added without your permission are the most common symptoms caused by Browser Hijackers.|
|Distribution Method||Different forms of spam, banners and ads throughout sketchy sites, torrents and also program-bundling.|
I – Uninstallation
- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
- If you are unable to spot Luckysite123, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
II – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Luckysite123 on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Luckysite123 might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Luckysite123, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.