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Remove Look4Like (Simple Removal Guide)

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Why should I avoid Look4Like virus?

Look4Like virus is not a dangerous virus. Nevertheless, you have to beware of its capabilities to cause a negative impact on your browsing routine. What is usually initiated by this potentially unwanted program? According to researchers, the most of the PC users report about Look4Like redirect issue, sponsored links in their search results and similar inconveniences. Besides, these interruptions can be not only annoying because there is no guarantee that each of sponsored links was tested by the developers of this search engine. The most of the third party links are displayed just for tricking users into visiting needed websites, but some of them can be infected. As a result, you may end up with a malicious program on your computer. If you have already been using Look4Like for a while, you should get rid of it. For that, you can either follow a detailed removal guide given on the next page of this post OR scan your computer with Reimage. We think that automatic Look4Like removal should always be considered the priority.

If you are interested in the prevention of this PUP, you should know that in most of the cases Look4Like hijack is noticed after installing free software without paying attention to its installation process. To prevent this issue, you have to pay close attention to freeware’s installation. Don’t rush the process, carefully read the Privacy Policy and End User’s License Agreement, opt for Custom or Advanced installation option, and double check each of conditions. Typically, people are tricked into installing such hijackers as Look4Like when they leave the check mark saying that they want to change their start page or the default search engine. If these tips were given to you too late, you should remove Look4Like from your computer and forget about it.

Look4Like hijack

How does Look4Like PUP spread around?

Questions about Look4Like

After a successful system infiltration, this browser hijacker installs a particular browser extension to every web browser it detects on the system. Once installed and active, Look4Like extension changes user’s browser’s homepage to Look4Like web page. This web page provides Trovi web search service (read more about it in this post), which, unfortunately, is highly untrustworthy. Just like any other browser hijacker, it triggers redirects once computer user clicks on any of the search results it provides. Look4Like redirects force the victim to visit various websites, ranging from safe to high-risk ones. We do not recommend you to use this search engine because there is a possibility that it will lead you to websites not even corresponding to your search query. You might end up on highly suspicious websites that promote fake software updates or computer parasites such as adware or other browser hijackers. Therefore, instead of using Look4Like search, you should consider using a more reliable web search, such as Google or Yahoo. However, users claim that removing this browser hijacker is a quite complicated task, so to ease it up for you, we suggest using an automatic spyware removal tool – Reimage (for PC users) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (for Mac users).

What is an alternate way to remove Look4Like virus?

You can uninstall Look4Like virus either with or without the anti-spyware program. However, such tool is something that you should keep installed on your computer if you wish to keep it protected from spyware or malware infiltration. If you are not looking for computer protection, but you want to remove this ad-supported program, you can follow the manual Look4Like removal guide, which is provided below. It is an easy-to-follow guide, but please follow each step carefully to uninstall Look4Like in a right way.

Even if you have managed to remove this hijacker program on your own, we strongly recommend you to scan your PC with a strong computer security software to see if there are no malicious programs silently running in the background. Take note that most dangerous computer viruses are often very hard to detect.

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 Look4Like, follow these steps:

Remove Look4Like 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 Look4Like and related programs
    Here, look for Look4Like 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'
  5. Remove Look4Like from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase Look4Like 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 Look4Like 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'

Get rid of Look4Like 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 Look4Like 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 Look4Like removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Look4Like 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, Look4Like should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Look4Like 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 Look4Like 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Look4Like removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Look4Like 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 Look4Like 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Look4Like removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Look4Like 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 Look4Like or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Look4Like, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Look4Like removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Martha says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:56 am

    thank u thank u thank u ! god bless u this virus is gone!!

  2. Rhonda19 says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:57 am

    i hate the fact that it changed my browser settings without asking for my permission!

  3. hendrix.jimmy says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:58 am

    The most useless search engine ever!

  4. Squad says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 10:58 am

    thanks, good tutorial 🙂

  5. Happy says:
    April 11th, 2016 at 11:04 am

    thank you – just uninstalled this virus, had to delete the extension, also scanned my pc. Luckily, no other threats were detected, everything seems to work perfectly now.

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