Luckysearches.com is a malicious website, the integral component of nasty browser hijacker that bears exactly the same name. In case you’ve seen this hijacker as a part of your Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, it’s surely time for you to act accordingly. You need to remove this infection immediately, before your PC becomes more deeply contaminated with other absolutely useless and even dangerous programs.
Luckysearches adds its own start page called luckysearches.com into the home page of all installed browsers in your PC. Definitely, we can’t say anything good regarding this amendment. This Luckysearches hijacker claims to be some superb search engine, whereas its claims to help you find what you need are surely overestimated. It is not capable of furnishing you with any relevant information. Furthermore, you will notice that this domain contains a lot of annoying ads, which are placed in the home page of your hijacked browser.
In addition to intrusive ads you may as well see very many sponsored links shown on the top of search results redirected through luckysearches.com website. The purpose of this browser hijacker is to collect a lot of personal information about your browsing habits. Then, once collected, this information will be used for various purposes, mainly related to further illegal implantation of adware into your PC.
Luckysearches browser hijacker is actively spread in the world wide web today through being bundled with many other free programs. Users who are active in downloading and installing freeware into their PCs need to pay close attention to what else they’re installing in addition to the main application of their choice. When they see Luckysearches or any other application as some additional offer they need to immediately switch to the advanced or custom installation mode where they may uncheck these unwanted extras from being installed into their PCs by default.
There are some people today who fail to be duly attentive during freeware installation. So, they just blindly click on “Next” and “I agree” buttons, without actually reading what they agree with. As a result, their PCs become infected with all sorts of other totally useless applications. In order to remove Luckysearches from your browser we recommend you to scan your system with a reliable antimalware tool, such as GridinSoft Trojan Killer. You will need to remove all the infections it finds (with its full registered version) and to reset your browsers with its help as explained below. In case you need more help on our part, please feel free to get in touch with us without hesitation.
Anti-malware tool necessary to remove Luckysearches virus.
Note that GridinSoft Trojan Killer is a shareware application. Its free 15-day trial is limited only to removal of 2 infections detected by it during scan. However, Trojan Killer has a free built-in module that helps you reset your browser after the attack of browser hijackers like Luckysearches. This free module helps you reset browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. If Trojan Killer has detected more than 2 threats on your computer and you would like to remove them for free, please let us know.
Video that explains removal of Luckysearches hijacker for free (manually):
Luckysearches virus step-by-step removal instructions.
Step 1. Uninstalling programs related to this hijack from the Control Panel of your computer (from the list above).
Instructions for Windows XP, Vista and 7 operating systems:
- Make sure that all your browsers infected with this browser hijacker are shut down (closed).
- Click “Start” and go to the “Control Panel“:
- In Windows XP click “Add or remove programs“:
- In Windows Vista and 7 click “Uninstall a program“:
- Uninstall programs related to this trojan from your PC (see the list above). To do it, in Windows XP click “Remove” button related to it. In Windows Vista and 7 right-click any suspicious adware program with the PC mouse and click “Uninstall / Change“. Note that these can be the programs like WindowsMangerProtect126.96.36.1992, wpm_v188.8.131.522.exe, SupTab, or similar junkware.
Instructions for Windows 8 operating system:
- Move the PC mouse towards the top right hot corner of Windows 8 screen, click “Search“:
- Type “Uninstall a program“, then click “Settings“:
- In the left menu that has come up select “Uninstall a program“:
- Uninstall related unwanted programs. To do it, in Windows 8 right-click the unwanted program with the PC mouse and click “Uninstall / Change“.
Step 2. Scanning your computer with a powerful anti-malware tool and resetting your browsers with its help.
- Download GridinSoft Trojan Killer through the download button below.
- Install the program and scan your computer with it.
- At the end of scan click “Apply” to remove all infections associated with this browser hijacker.
- Important! It is also necessary that you reset your browsers with GridinSoft Trojan Killer after removal of this virus. Shut down all your available browsers now.
- In GridinSoft Trojan Killer click on “Tools” tab and select “Reset browser settings“:
- Select which particular browsers you want to be reset and choose the reset options.
- Click on “Reset” button:
- You will receive the confirmation windows about browser settings reset successfully.
- Reboot your PC now.
Step 3. Repairing the Desktop shortcuts and Start menu objects related to your browser infected by this browser hijacker.
This browser hijacker also sets up its attribute to the Desktop icons and possibly some Start menu items of your browsers attacked by it. In order to fix this issue you need to right-click the Desktop icons and Start menu items related to your browsers attacked by this browser hijacker. Click “Properties” and check their destination path in the “Target” section of the shortcut tab. Make sure there’s nothing related to luckysearches.com in this destination path. If you see the website of this hijacker set there by default, remove it completely and leave only the clear destination path that leads to the executable of your browser.
Milestones to fix the Desktop shortcuts and Quick Launch and Stat menu items of your browser affected by this hijacker:
- Right-click the Desktop icons, Quick Launch or Start Menu items or your infected browser, click “Properties“:
- In the window that comes up click the “Shortcut” tab. Make sure that the target to your browser doesn’t have any “tails” that could lead to mystartsurf.com hijack. If you see such a “tail”, remove it. These are most common targets to all major browsers (if their installation path was initially set by default):
- After you remove all junk data from the Desktop shortcuts, Quick Launch and Start menu items of your browser affected by the hijacker, click “Apply” and “OK” to apply all introduced amendments made by you in an attempt to fix your browser:
“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” – for Internet Explorer
“C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” – for Mozilla Firefox
“C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” – for Google Chrome
“C:\Program Files\Opera\launcher.exe” – for Opera
Example of fixing the Desktop shortcuts and Start menu items related to your browser infected by this hijacker (YouTube video guide that is applicable for fixing all infected browsers):
Step 4. Additional removal instructions for Mozilla Firefox browser (if the above-said steps proved to be unsuccessful).
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:config” in the address bar and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
- Click “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
- This will open the Settings page of your Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “Keyword.url” in the search box, then right-click and reset it.
- Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box, then right-click and reset it.
- Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box, then right-click and reset it.
- Search for “browser.newtab.url“. Right-click and reset it. This is a very important step that will prevent the search page of this hijacker from opening in each new tab of your Firefox browser.
Additional video instructions to reset Google Chrome browser using the built-in feature of Google Chrome browser: