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Remove Luckysearches.com (Removal Instructions) - updated Jan 2020

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as Luckysearches.com hijack, Luckysearches.com virus, Luckysearches.com redirect | Type: Adware

Luckysearches.com is a search engine that brings you to legitimate providers but shows additional ads

Luckysearches.comLuckysearches.com is a browser hijacker that also modifies DNS settings

Luckysearches.com is a search engine powered by DeerNet Technology Co. company, which claims that this search site is capable of selecting the most reliable search results from Bing, Yahoo! and Google. However, users may encounter this site as soon as their web browsers get hijacked by potentially unwanted programs, such as adware[1] or browser hijackers.

In most cases, such installations are not performed deliberately, however, as users are tricked by deceptive third-party software installers that bundle PUPs with freeware apps. As a result, users find Luckysearches.com appended as their homepage, and the settings of Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer altered. The customized search engine diverts users' searches to affiliated sites, tracks their online behavior, and displays ads on various sites. Typically, such practices can be terminated with Luckysearches.com removal.

Name Luckysearches.com
Type Browser hijacker, adware, potentially unwanted program
Associated app Lucky Searches, or any other potentially unwanted program
Bundled with Simeranya, Unlocker, YourFile Downloader, etc.
Developer DeerNet Technology Co., a Hong Kong-based company
Symptoms
  • Homepage and the new tab URL set to luckysearches.com
  • Browser and other Windows shortcuts altered, diverting to predetermined sites
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links
  • Ads appear more frequently on most sites that you visit
  • DNS settings changed
  • Browser operates slowly
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted software, sensitive information disclosure to unknown parties (potentially, cybercriminals) malware infection, etc.
Termination Delete the unwanted software with anti-malware tools that detect PUPs or refer to our manual removal instructions below 
Optimization After a computer infection, we recommend scanning it with repair software Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Security experts warn to be very careful when installing freewares and shareware on your computer since Lucky Searches and its clones, such as Quick-Seeker.com, Search.safer.com, TabSent.com and many others, are actively spreading on the internet bundled with other free programs.

Unlike most other browsers hijackers that are relatively harmless and easy to terminate, this PUP possesses some capabilities that are more relevant to malware than a potentially unwanted program. For example, Luckysearches.com is known to also take over some Windows shortcuts (not necessarily internet or browser-related programs) by appending an argument http://www.luckysearches.com/?type=hp&ts=[timestamp]&from=[affiliate_id]&uid=[hard drive id], which causes Luckysearches.com redirects as soon as such icon is double-clicked.

Additionally, this potentially unwanted program modifies DNS settings and takes over your browsing sessions. Therefore, you should not use your browser to perform searches before you remove Luckysearches.com virus from the system. That's because this search provider may return predetermined search results filled with sponsored links and advertisements. Consequently, you may continuously experience Lucky Searches redirects to predetermined third-party websites, which content may be questionable or even unsafe.

Luckysearches.com hijackLuckysearches.com is a potentially unwanted program developed by DeerNet Technology Co.

Finally, Luckysearches.com's privacy-related issues have to be considered, as well. Owners of this search site claim that it “is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its community.” However, aren't such statements controversial, keeping in mind that this browser plug-in installs cookies and tracks users itself?

Even though it does not seek to collect personal information, it may accumulate the following information automatically:

  • your IP address;
  • URL you visit most frequently;
  • browser type and language;
  • search queries;
  • technical details of your device;
  • added bookmarks, etc.

In order to maintain efficient search sessions, computer security, and prevent privacy-related issues, get rid of luckysearches.com virus and restore DNS settings. You can find the detailed instructions on how to perform these steps in our removal section below. Additionally, we advise users to scan their machines with anti-malware software, reset all web browsers, and use the PC repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for best results.

Browser hijacking programs are usually not installed intentionally

Browser hijackers can easily infiltrate those computers whose users frequently install freeware and do not pay enough attention to the installation process. Various browser plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions that, once installed, appear to be adware or browser hijackers are commonly distributed with the help of various freeware and shareware installers.

Such a distribution method is deceptive and tricks thousands of internet users to install potentially unwanted programs on a daily basis. In order to avoid installing unwanted apps without even realizing that, it's very important to select freeware's download source carefully and pick the correct installation mode.

First of all, avoid downloading programs from third-party installers, such as cnet.com, download.com, softonic.com, and many others, because they promote questionable programs as optional components frequently. Besides, avoid selecting Quick or Recommend installation option because this way, “additional components” such as browser hijackers or adware may be installed by default.

In contrast, opt for Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully look for checkboxes claiming that you agree to set Luckysearches.com as your default homepage and search engine – make sure that you unmark checkmark stating that. Otherwise, it will be automatically installed and will take over your browsing sessions.

Luckysearches.com removal guide

Unfortunately, but Luckysearches.com removal might not be as smooth as one might want it to be. Because the hijacker engages in multiple system modifications and alters DNS settings, browser shortcuts, as well as browser settings, simple program termination will not suffice to stop the unwanted activity. Thus, we first suggest you to revert DNS setting modifications and picking default settings instead. Here's how to do it:

  • Type in Control Panel into Windows search and hit Enter
  • Go to Network and Internet > View network status and tasks
  • Click on your connection, e.g., Ethernet
  • At the bottom, pick Properties
  • Select Internet protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties
  • Tick Obtain DNS server address automatically option and then click OK

Luckysearches.com - restore DNS settingsFollow these steps to set DNS settings to default

Now, you should remove Luckysearches.com browser hijacker from your system via the Control Panel, as explained in the instructions below. In some cases, such a process might be unsuccessful, or the app might only reside within the browser (if it is an add-on/extension). Thus, we highly advise you scan your machine with anti-malware software capable of detecting and removing PUPs. Finally, reset all the installed browsers in order to make sure Lucky Searches does not return.

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To remove Luckysearches.com, follow these steps:

Uninstall Luckysearches.com from Windows systems

Please follow these instructions to terminate potentially unwanted programs from Windows:

  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 Luckysearches.com and related programs
    Here, look for Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

Eliminate Luckysearches.com from Mac OS X system

macOS users should proceed with the following steps to remove Luckysearches.com hijacker:

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

Remove Luckysearches.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Luckysearches.com-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 Luckysearches.com, 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 Luckysearches.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Luckysearches.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Luckysearches.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com-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 Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Luckysearches.com from Google Chrome

Make sure you reset Google Chrome after you eliminate the potentially unwanted program:

  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 Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com 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 Luckysearches.com, 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 Luckysearches.com 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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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