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Remove iLotto (Simple Removal Guide)

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Definition of iLotto virus. Should you remove it from your computer?

On the official website of iLotto PUP, you can see an offer to register to their site to win a prize. It claims that the lottery gives away a million every week. However, such statements sound rather suspicious especially because this lottery is not a well-known one. We have decided to go deeper and find out what iLotto is. Here’s what we found – iLotto is actually the name of a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which generates and displays numerous advertisements on a computer screen. This program usually enters user’s computer without his/hers consent; what is more, this program is very intrusive, but you probably have already noticed that.

iLotto adware displays ads

The purpose of this program is to deceive naive computer users and generate pay-per-click profit by making them click on deceptive ads or links. Keep in mind that when this program is inside of your computer, it collects information about your browsing habits. For example, it monitors what websites do you enter, what links you click on and what search terms do you use the most. Based on this information, iLotto might select targeted advertisements and send them directly to your screen. Be careful! No matter how catchy or profitable ads by iLotto look, you should never agree to provide personal information in its contests, surveys, and you should also try to avoid clicking on any of iLotto ads at all.

Questions about iLotto

You see, iLotto adware often provides misleading ads that are only meant to draw your attention and make you click on them. Do not catch the hook, because the most of these ads carry deceptive redirect links that just wait for you to click on them. If you click on one of such misleading ads, iLotto redirects you to a predetermined third-party website, which usually belongs to a company that is affiliated with iLotto developers. Be aware of the fact that some third-party sites you might end up on can be malicious; therefore, you should never agree to install anything from websites that you are forced to visit. Just take a look at this statements from iLotto’s Terms of Use:

iLotto cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading through the Site will be free of infection by software viruses or other harmful computer code, files or programs.

As you can see, this program admits that there is a possibility to encounter malicious downloads that can be accessed through the site. Therefore, you should consider if you want to keep such insecure program on your computer. Besides, it makes your computer run slow, and that is yet another reason to remove iLotto. We strongly recommend using an automatic spyware removal tool (for example, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego) to get rid of this computer parasite and secure your computer from similar threats in advance.

How did iLotto hijack my computer?

It is no surprise that computer users get surprised when they find out that some potentially unwanted software was placed on their computers without their knowledge. Usually, they think that some cyber criminals or hackers hacked their computers; however, that is NOT true. You should know that the majority of viruses or PUPs can be installed only with computer user’s authorization. Same happens with iLotto virus – this annoying parasite can be installed only with your permission. However, you probably do not know how and when did you give permission for this program to enter your computer.

The majority of PUPs spreads via bundling technique, which means they are distributed alongside freeware or shareware. For this reason, you must be extremely cautious whenever you install new programs on your computer. You should always carefully investigate what software’s Terms of Use/Privacy Policy documents state and you should also adjust installation settings appropriately. The adjustment of settings guarantees that no additional programs will be installed alongside your preferred program. Therefore, opt for Advanced or Custom settings at all times, and then look for suspicious offers to install additional software. Deselect such statements. What is more, you should never rely on the tradition installation settings (Default/Standard) as they tend to hide pre-selected agreements to install various add-ons, browser toolbars, suspicious ad-supported applications and so on.

How to remove iLotto?

You can remove iLotto virus in several ways. Firstly, you can try to remove it manually; for that, please follow iLotto removal instructions that are provided below. In case you experience some issues while attempting to remove it, do not hesitate and send us a question.

You also have the option to remove this ad-supported program automatically, and the advantage of this removal method is that you can not only remove iLotto with anti-spyware software, but you can also scan the whole computer with it to find and delete all other potentially unwanted programs and threats. What is more, such program guarantees real-time computer protection.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove iLotto, follow these steps:

Remove iLotto 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 iLotto and related programs
    Here, look for iLotto 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'

Get rid of iLotto 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 iLotto 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'

Delete iLotto 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 iLotto 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 iLotto removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate iLotto 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, iLotto should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase iLotto 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 iLotto 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 iLotto removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall iLotto 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 iLotto 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 iLotto removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove iLotto 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 iLotto 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 iLotto removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Linas Kiguolis
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  1. Jordy says:
    March 15th, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Thnx 🙂 you saved me!

  2. Serino says:
    March 15th, 2016 at 3:02 am

    cannot remove it for some reason? i am so annoyed. guess ill try automatic removal option then. hope it works..

  3. kingdom273 says:
    March 15th, 2016 at 3:03 am

    SpyHunter couldnt catch this virus for a while, but then I updated it. now iLotto is gone! I want to advise everyone to update your anti-virus programs,hope this helps 🙂

  4. baroqure says:
    March 15th, 2016 at 3:04 am

    already removed this. it took a while, though!

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