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Remove Lucky Leap (Removal Guide) - Jan 2020 update

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Lucky Leap ads, ads by Lucky Leap | Type: Browser Hijackers

Lucky Leap is an adware that decreases the speed of the PC and web browsers

Lucky Leap virus
Lucky Leap is an adware virus that can bring other adware, browser hijackers, scareware to the affected computer system

Questions about Lucky Leap

Lucky Leap, also known as Adware.Yontoo, is a PUP that can be distributed by other third-party software such as Superfish, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, and 1ClickDownloader. Also, it appears that this product has some similarities with another adware[1] program named WebCake. Lucky Leap adware aims to load intrusive pop-ups and pop-unders on popular shopping websites such as eBay, Amazon, AliExpress, and others. Once the ads appear on your computer screen, you will easily recognize them as they are likely to come marked as “Ads by Lucky Leap”, “Brough to you by Lucky Leap”, “Lucky Leap ads”, “Powered by Lucky Leap”, “Advertisements by Lucky Leap”, “Promoted by Lucky Leap”, etc.

Name   Lucky Leap
Type Adware app/potentially unwanted program
Target This suspicious product mostly appears on Windows computer systems but can occur on macOS devices also. Web browsers that can get infected with this adware are apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari
Distribution The adware is known to get distributed by other third-party apps such as Yontoo, Superfish, FBPhotoZoom, and 1ClickDownload. Also, you can download such an application from secondary downloading sources such as cnet.com, download., softonic.com, soft32.com and can be delivered via a deceptive technique known as “software bundling”
Ads The main goal of this PUP is to display advertisements while the user is visiting online shopping networks such as eBay, AliExpress, and Amazon. The provided ads are often marked as “Ads by Lucky Leap”, “Brough to you by Lucky Leap”, “Lucky Leap ads”, “Powered by Lucky Leap”, “Advertisements by Lucky Leap”, “Promoted by Lucky Leap”, etc.
Removal If you have been dealing with this adware lately, you can get rid of it by purchasing relying antimalware software or by carrying out the step-by-step guide that has been added to the end of this article
Fix tool If the adware has brought other PUPs to your system that performed some compromisation, try fixing the affected areas with a tool such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Lucky Leap virus mostly appears on Windows computer systems. When this happens, the adware tends to add rogue processes to the Windows Task Manager that allows the app to boot up whenever the computer is started. Also, the PUP might include bogus content in other directories such as C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData.

According to a computer user, Lucky Leap has made his machine sluggish and also slowed down the Internet.[2] This can happen due to the program's ability to initiate multiple tasks at one time. If you are receiving an excessive load of adverts while browsing, it is very likely that the ads will slow down your Internet web browser and the computer itself.

Lucky Leap
Lucky Leap is an ad-supported application that is similar to another adware program named WebCake

Lucky Leap ads can cause a lot of discomfort if not eliminated on time. These components can come in forms of pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, coupons, and in-text ads. You might be forced to receive bogus-looking offers that promote rogue security utilities, useless services, and various other questionable products just for receiving income.

However, the main income source of Lucky Leap is pay-per-click advertising.[3] The adware will try to load you with a big number of ads to collect as many clicks as possible. Remember, every ad that you step on and get interested in brings income to the developers. Do not let these people benefit from such unfair techniques.

Continuously, Lucky Leap might provide you with various fake reward claims and questionnaires that require entering your personal information or credentials. Do not type any sensitive data as your details can get easily exposed on the Internet and also, do not provide any banking data as you can get assigned to useless services.

In addition, Lucky Leap is likely to get you involved in redirecting sessions. The mean of this activity is to take you to developer-sponsored websites and push more deals to your computer screen. However, in some cases, you might be taken t a malware-laden website and infected with a dangerous parasite.

Lucky Leap adware

To continue, Lucky Leap might be interested in collecting your browsing details about your web browser, online history, and surfing experience. The adware might track information such as recently clicked hyperlinks, saved bookmarks, entered websites, your IP for providing more income to the developers or getting you involved in targeted advertising.

Lucky Leap removal is a way to solve this type of issue. You can use reliable antimalware products to get rid of the potentially unwanted program and all the additional components that it might have brought to your computer system. Also, if you find any compromised areas, try using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for the fixing process.

Also, you can remove Lucky Leap from your operating system and web browsers by using the manual step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article. Be aware to clean all affected locations, otherwise, the adware might be able to return within the next computer or browser boot process.

The appearance process of adware products 

You are most likely to get potentially unwanted products from websites such as cnet.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and download.com and from a deceptive technique known as “software bundling”. This happens when the adware or another PUP is included in an entire package of freeware or shareware. Regarding this fact, you should always read the License Agreement, Privacy Policy and similar information of the freeware before downloading it.

After that, you should opt-out of unknown additions, such as toolbars, add-ons, extensions, and similar things when downloading freeware/shareware to your computer. For that, you should always select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then try to find all suspicious checkmarks that claim that you want to install this potentially unwanted program. Also, avoid all modes that are marked as Recommended and Quick.

Continuously, you should avoid browsing on unsecured third-party websites as these pages can come filled with infectious content such as questionable advertisements, hyperlinks, scams, fake software updates, etc. If you ever enter a suspicious-looking website, you should close the web browser window and never return. Also, run a full malware scan with your antimalware product to check if your computer system is still fully secured.

Lucky Leap removal instructions

Lucky Leap removal involves getting rid of the adware and all other potentially unwanted products that it might have brought to the computer system. Be aware that the ad-supported application might have hidden bogus files and processes all over the computer system that also need to be eliminated in order for a proper elimination process.

There are two techniques that can help you to remove Lucky Leap from your computer system. The first one is known as the automatical method that involves downloading and installing a reliable antimalware program. This type of software is capable of discovering all the suspicious products in the system and eliminating them within minutes.

According to cybersecurity experts from ZonderVirus.nl,[4] you can eliminate adware such as Lucky Leap virus with the help of manual guiding steps. Note that this process includes cleaning and refreshing both your operating system and web browser applications such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

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To remove Lucky Leap, follow these steps:

Remove Lucky Leap from Windows systems

To clean your Windows computer system from suspicious products, opt for these manual step-by-step guidelines.

  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 Lucky Leap and related programs
    Here, look for Lucky Leap 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 Lucky Leap 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 Lucky Leap 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'

Eliminate Lucky Leap from Internet Explorer (IE)

To get rid of all browser helper objects from your Internet Explorer web browser, apply the following steps.

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

Erase Lucky Leap 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, Lucky Leap should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Lucky Leap 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 Lucky Leap 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 Lucky Leap removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Lucky Leap from Google Chrome

To reverse all bogus changes in Google Chrome, use the below-provided instructing steps.

  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 Lucky Leap 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 Lucky Leap removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. oogabooga says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    i veeery nearly got caught out with luckyleap. it came packaged with speedfan when i was downloading that on cnet. just had a slip on concentration and diddnt opt out of it. had to stop the installation and quickly go to add/remove programs. luckily it diddnt seem to attach to firefox in any way. very sneaky though. always disappoints me when such widely used sites like cnet pull this shit to earn a extra bit of shady money.

  2. Rebekka Deforce says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Worked great! Thank you!

  3. Average Joe says:
    October 24th, 2013 at 5:10 am

    thank you for this info

    will in future check license agreement

  4. Rob Orr says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    If you use freeware and shareware etc it is best if you monitor the install. I use Comodo program manager and that will remove it, or any other program, roots and all provided its a monitored install. Those funny programs that dont work after a mistaken upgrade also can be salvaged.

  5. Glenn says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I downloaded Makesofts USB Manager from Cnet and i got it from there. I thought Cnet was clean from this kind of shit but apparently not

  6. Eqvaliser says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Thank you!

    CNET used to be respectable, but now its all malware and spyware.
    Thank god for sites like this..

  7. zoja says:
    April 24th, 2014 at 4:24 am

    thanks, It was really anoying

  8. KnicksTape says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Big thanks dude!

  9. ck says:
    May 24th, 2014 at 4:00 am

    thank you very much!

  10. nad says:
    June 1st, 2014 at 2:49 am

    thanks so much! it really helped! cheers

  11. Rashida says:
    June 20th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks a lot, It worked. Lucky leap was badly annoying.

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