Hello, I need help fixing my computer. I must have downloaded something by accident and now this crappy Lucky Search has become my main webpage. Also whenever I start a new tab, Luckysearches.com comes up, and I can’t seem to get rid of it. I use Firefox and I have tried getting rid of it, but I have no luck. I was just wondering if it was a virus and how i can get rid of it. Thanks 🙂
Luckysearches.com is one of the spam search engines that associated with browser hijacker, adware or potentially unwanted programs. It modifies browser settings and hijacks most of popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without any permission. People who have been hijacked by this search engine claim that this threat can display an increased amount of commercial ads, reduce web browsers performance and may initiate other unwanted activities on your computer. Every time you try to get online, you will see that your web browsers will start with Luckysearches.com rather than google.com or any other search engine you had before. Actually browser hijacker is not a virus, therefore it cannot be detected or removed by any security tools. It is mostly used for promoting affiliate websites and distributing malware and potentially unwanted programs. Users who had this hijacker inside the computer will always have a hard time going to the Internet.
Although the web page seems regular, it won’t offer any helpful services for its users. This is a corrupted search engine as similar as Websearch.searchannel.info, which always puts sponsored ads on the top of search results and tricks users into clicking those misleading information. While it is working, it is able to track your browsing activities on the web and may collect information, which is related to your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that you enter on each of web sites, etc. Luckysearches.com usually comes bundled with freeware programs as an additional add-on or plug-in. We should know that freeware and shareware is always filled with optional components and may also be set to offer changes for the start page and the default search engine. If you don’t want your start page and default search engine get changed to other questionable web pages, be careful when you are able to download something from the Internet. Read the terms carefully and unmark any unwanted programs before you proceed the installation. To keep PC safe and prevent redirection to unknown websites, slowdowns, annoying ads and similar annoying activities, you have to get rid of Luckysearches.com hijacker manually.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like Luckysearches.com may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Luckysearches.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Luckysearches.com redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Luckysearches.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Luckysearches.com is an annoying browser hijacker threat that can be displayed itself on most popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome without asking any permission from the computer owners. Its goal is to gain money by promoting commercial activities and increase sales by displaying tons of annoying pop-ups. Once infected, the first change you detect on your computer is that your default homepage has been changed to Luckysearches.com without your awareness. The deceitful web page could also come as a new tab or a new window against your will. Meanwhile, you will get constant redirection during your web browsing activities. Don’t make it as your default search for any reasons because this is just a spam search that shows many unreliable information and sponsored links and may take you to a dangerous site which hosts malware. You need to take action to delete it from the computer as soon as possible.
Published by & last updated on March 5, 2015 2:20 am