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Remove Ads by LolliScan

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as LolliScan ads, LolliScan virus, LolliScan adware | Type: Adware

What is LolliScan?

LolliScan is an ad-supported browser plug-in that may infiltrate your computer without asking for permission directly. It may spread along with freewares as an ‘optional download’. If LolliScan adware emerged on your computer suspiciously bundled with another freeware, you should consider running a full system scan with a reliable anti-spyware (e.g. Reimage) in order to remove it and other potentially unwanted program (PUP) that may be hiding in your computer. Generally speaking, it’s not malicious and can hardly affect your PC’s OS. However, it is capable of hijacking Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari web browsers and corrupting various settings on each of them. It’s executable file LolliScan.dll may continuously run o Task Manager, it may create Windows startup key, create various folders, install tracking software (cookies) and so on. After that, it may start displaying lots of commercial advertisements every time you open your web browser. It’s not recommended to click ‘Ads by LolliScan’ or similarly marked commercial messages if you want to avoid annoying redirects to unfamiliar third-party websites. Besides, keep in mind that some of the ads may even be linked to unsafe websites where you may catch another computer infection. Even more, LolliScan virus may interfere with your privacy by collecting personally non-identifiable information that is related to your browsing habits (search terms, websites visited, data entered in them, IP address, PC’s location, email address, etc.) without asking your permission. Therefore, no matter how this app has infiltrated your machine, if it has, you should take needed actions and remove LolliScan virus right away.

How can LolliScan hijack my computer?

Security experts continuously inform people about increasing amount of bundled free programs. All reputable security vendors warn people that they have to be extra cautious when installing freewares from third-party freeware download websites because they employ ‘bundling’ to monetize their free programs. Unfortunately, people keep installing potentially unwanted programs, such as KMPlayer, Price Downloader, HDQ-1.2cV01.01, TakeShop, RoboSaver, FlashCoupon, etc. massively. LolliScan adware is one of those programs that are actively spreading on the Internet these days bundled with freewares. Therefore, we will list tips one more time, which should help you prevent installing unwanted programs:

-First of all, find a reliable download source;
-After that, find as much information about your selected freeware as possible (read EULA, Privacy Policy, users reports);
-Make sure that there is nothing suspicious about your selected freewares;
-Always select Advanced or Custom installation option (NOTE: avoid Quick or Basic);
-Read every notification carefully;
-Deselect check boxes that are set by default and claim that you accept to install LolliScan or another browser add-on, plug-in, toolbar, extension.

In case LolliScan redirects and advertisements have already started bothering you, we recommend you to find its extension, add-on, browser helper, etc. and eliminate everything right away.

How to remove LolliScan virus?

It’s not difficult to remove LolliScan virus manually. However, it may be difficult to find it’s registries and other suspicious entries that may further slow down your machine and cause other inconveniences. That’s why we recommend using a reputable anti-spyware for LolliScan removal:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove LolliScan ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate LolliScan from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall LolliScan and related programs
    Here, look for LolliScan or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove LolliScan from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for LolliScan or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase LolliScan from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for LolliScan and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete LolliScan removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of LolliScan ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, LolliScan should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall LolliScan from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select LolliScan and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete LolliScan removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete LolliScan from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select LolliScan and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete LolliScan removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate LolliScan from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for LolliScan or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete LolliScan removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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