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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 Intego 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.

LuckyTabLuckyTab 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 Intego 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 adwareLuckyTab - 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 Intego. 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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To remove LuckyTab virus, follow these steps:

Delete LuckyTab from Windows systems

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

To remove LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab (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 LuckyTab from Mac OS X system

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

Remove LuckyTab from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase LuckyTab virus 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 LuckyTab-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

Remove LuckyTab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall LuckyTab from Google Chrome

To refresh Google Chrome after the adware attack, take a look at the following 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 LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab-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 LuckyTab removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete LuckyTab 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 LuckyTab 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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