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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 virusLucky 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 ReimageIntego

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 LeapLucky 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 ReimageIntego 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.

To remove Lucky Leap from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Lucky Leap (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Lucky Leap from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Lucky Leap from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Lucky Leap-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Lucky Leap, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Lucky Leap and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Lucky Leap-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

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.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Lucky Leap and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Lucky Leap removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Lucky Leap from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Lucky Leap-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Lucky Leap from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Lucky Leap and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Lucky Leap did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Lucky Leap removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Lucky Leap from Google Chrome

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

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Lucky Leap by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Lucky Leap-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Lucky Leap removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Lucky Leap from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Lucky Leap and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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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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