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Remove LuckyTab virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Oct 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Ads by LuckyTab, LuckyTab adware | Type: Adware

LuckyTab – adware-related software that claims to provide a wide range of beneficial functions

LuckyTab virus

LuckyTab is a bogus adware-based[1] extension that claims to provide various browsing features such as viewing coupons, entering shopping websites, etc. The adware may display intrusive advertisements on each of your web browsers and try to trick you in various ways. Redirecting is also another annoying feature of LuckyTab that might relate to you landing on an infected source. Also, the PUP may infiltrate your computer silently without direct permission asked and that's the first signal indicating that you should not use this application. Due to an unfair method of infiltration, it has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Name LuckyTab
Type Potentially unwanted program
Sub-type Adware application
Activities This suspicious program supports activities such as advertising, redirecting, collecting non-personal information regarding the user's browsing activities
Goal The main goal of this adware is to collect income from the advertisements that are displayed
Removal Scan your system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner to find all hiding spots of potentially unwanted content. Afterward, eliminate the PUP manually or automatically (see instructions at the end of this article)

Once LuckyTab virus is inside it may take over all web browsers that are installed on your PC, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Be aware that this add-on was specifically designed to make money for third parties by generating web traffic to affiliate websites.

Once LuckyTab drops its extension, it delivers an excessive amount of “Ads by LuckyTab” that usually appear as pop-ups and banners on random websites that you visit. At best, by clicking on them you may be redirected to certain online shopping websites or various service offering website.

At worst, this LuckyTab redirects may force you to visit unsafe websites and trick into installing questionable programs, such as another potentially unwanted program or even virus. Not to mention, if you would get tempted to buy something there, you may even get scammed.

LuckyTab
LuckyTab is an adware that travels via software bundling

Finally, you should be aware that LuckyTab virus may try to collect personal and non-personal information related to your browsing habits and use gathered information for affiliate marketing. Personal data mostly refers to the user's email address, mobile phone number.

However, it rarely happens that adware targets personal information. LuckyTab is more likely to capture browsing-related details such as commonly visited websites, hyperlinks clicked, saved bookmarks, your IP address, geolocation, commonly searched offers and deals, etc.

LuckyTab removal is a necessary process to perform if you want to get rid of all of the annoying activities that are promoted by the potentially unwanted program. You can scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and try locating all suspicious content on your machine. However, manual removal is also possible.

You can remove LuckyTab by using the step-by-step guidelines that are added at the end of this article. There you will find instructions on how to get rid of the adware from both macOS and Windows OS. Browser cleaning is also important in order to eliminate the threat entirely.

In some cases, you might start seeing ads from LuckyTab while visiting bogus third-party networks. If this started happening to you, you can try downloading an adblocking tool such as AdBlock[2] straight to the web browser on which you have been experiencing the advertising.

LuckyTab adware
LuckyTab - an adware-related extension that can appear on any type of browser

Ways through which adware programs reach computer systems

Potentially unwanted programs, including adware, typically infiltrate the system along with free software. You should beware that the majority of free programs that are promoted on various third party websites are bundled with optional downloads. Even though “bundling” is not considered as an illegal or unfair distribution method, nowadays it is mainly used for distributing potentially unwanted programs.

Research shows that users get suspicious products mostly from sources such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, cnet.com, and others. Therefore, it is advisable to pay more attention while choosing and downloading free applications from the Internet in order to avoid installing potentially unwanted programs. Avoid Recommended or Quick installation because this way you may automatically agree to install additional applications alongside your chosen software.

Instead of it choose Advanced or Custom installation mode as it discloses all available checkboxes, including the ones that offer to install additional components. If you spot a checkbox claiming that you accept to install a “recommended” plug-in, add-on, toolbar, or extension, we recommend deselecting it because, otherwise, you may end up with another adware and potentially unwanted program on your computer. 

Remove LuckyTab virus from your computer

LuckyTab virus removal is a process that is supported by both manual and automatical techniques. We have provided step-by-step guidelines down below that should help you to clean your Windows/Mac computer and refresh web browser apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

However, if you find yourself hardly capable of eliminating the adware, you can always rely on automatical software that will help you to remove LuckyTab virus automatically. You can choose a tool from our below-provided list or any other program from your own likings.

According to experts from Virusai.lt,[3] you need to make sure that suspicious content related to LuckyTab virus is permanently removed from both the operating system and web browsers, otherwise, the adware might have a chance of returning with all of its activities the next time you boot your machine.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . 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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Alternative Software
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage Cleaner, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove LuckyTab virus, follow these steps:

Delete LuckyTab from Windows systems

To remove the adware from your Windows computer system, perform these tasks.

  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 LuckyTab and related programs
    Here, look for LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase LuckyTab virus 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, LuckyTab should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove LuckyTab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To clean Firefox from suspicious content that has been added by the adware, complete the following.

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

Uninstall LuckyTab from Google Chrome

To refresh Google Chrome after the adware attack, take a look at the following 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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