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Mylucky123 is one of browser hijackers spreading on the Internet

Mylucky123 has also been added to a “potentially unwanted program” category as it is capable of taking over user's homepage and then causing redirects to sponsored websites. In the beginning of its distribution, this hijacker attacked Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. However, now it is capable of altering any web browser by changing its default search engine, the homepage and similar settings. Typically, it adds domain name and starts pushing its victim into using it instead of Google or similar search engine. In the meanwhile, virus tracks the user to know its preferences and interests. As a result, MyLucky123 starts filling its search results with the sponsored ones and redirects its victim to needed places, including Yahoo Search. Beware that colors used in My Lucky Search name have nothing to do with Google. This trick has been used just to trick users into using it instead of their search engine. Fortunately, as we have already mentioned, this infection falls for potentially unwanted programs category, so you have several options when seeking to remove it from the system. However, we highly recommend you to initiate MyLucky123 removal without wasting the time as you can be redirected to a malicious website used to spread malware. For that, we recommend using a reputable antivirus utility, such as ReimageIntego (or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner if you are a Mac OS X user) that helps eliminating all malicious components at once.

An image of the browser hijacker virus

At the initial stages of the hijack, you may not even suspect there is something wrong with the site other than its unexpected emergence on your Internet browser. The website copies the style of a well-known search engine Google and offers exactly the same features as any other search provider would. However, since the experts insist on removal, there must be something wrong with the program. It all becomes clear as soon as you star using this website according to its purpose. As soon as you enter the search query, you see that its results are based on the Google Custom search. However, these results can be modified, adjusted and prioritized according to the needs of site’s creators. After using this hijacker for a while, it becomes evident that the main aim of Mylucky123 virus is affiliate advertising. In fact, the program creators seem to be more interested in gaining profit from the affiliate advertising than actually providing the users with the expected service. So, your search for relevant information on this site may take painstakingly long time or fail entirely.

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Secondly, the sponsored links and advertisement may start appearing on random websites you visit as well. Unfortunately, this is how the advertising-based programs like make money. Be careful because these ads can send you to random web pages that are set to promote useless software or Tech Support Scam viruses. The worst part is that this useless search engine will cling to your browser with the help of batch files (C:\ProgramData\Google Chrome.lnk.bat and C:\ProgramData\Mozilla Firefox.lnk.bat) which it drops in the %AppData% directory. These files help the virus redirect your browsers to this site over and over again, whenever you initiate your browser. Even after you delete the extension and reset your browser’s settings, this suspicious search engine may continue to be reassigned to the positions every time you try to return to your regular Google, Bing or Yahoo. Nevertheless, it is possible to remove malware from the infected device. You only need reputable antivirus utilities to do that.

How can I avoid the virus?

To avoid MyLucky123, you need to be very careful during the installation process of free software. We highly recommend monitoring installation procedure of download managers, PDF creators and similar freeware. Unlike Trojans, worms, and other computer viruses, browser hijackers have been balancing on the verge of being legitimate, so that can be added to freeware packages and be introduced as optional downloads. Nevertheless, having in mind that there are still security-cautious users who would find this unfamiliar search engine suspicious and opt out its installation, the program creators have modified it to install as stealthy as possible. They hide the optional “Set as my homepage” checkbox in the “Advanced” installation settings. Then, they can only wait for the less careful users to carry out the “Basic” or “Quick” installation leaving this additional option undisclosed.

What are your options for the Mylucky123 removal?

There are a couple of Mylucky123 removal strategies that you can apply. First, and the most reliable one is the automatic virus elimination. Remember though that it takes a professional antivirus utility to eliminate the virus from the computer successfully. We suggest taking a look at some of the utilities presented below. As an alternative way to remove from your computer, you can check out the manual elimination guide provided below the article. This illustrated guide should help you fix your computer without experiencing unanticipated errors. Even if you opt for the manual removal method, we highly recommend obtaining an antivirus tool to protect you from similar malware attacks in the future.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

C:\ProgramData\Google Chrome.lnk.bat and C:\ProgramData\Mozilla Firefox.lnk.bat are the main batch files which are responsible for resetting this domain as your default search engine. If you want to get rod of this browser hijacker, make sure you remove these files from your computer. In addition, you should uninstall each of entries that are related to browser hijacker. Make sure you look for My Lucky Search, MyLucky123, MyLucky and similar entries in your task manager.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Delete from Mac OS X system

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

Remove virus from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate 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 virus 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,
  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 virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall 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 virus-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 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase from Google Chrome

You need to get rid of all suspicious add-ons that could be related to the virus. We highly recommend uninstalling My Lucky Search, MyLucky123, MyLucky and other add-ons.

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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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  1. Barry says:
    August 18th, 2016 at 1:17 am

    This site is totally useless. I cannot believe anyone actually use it for search…

  2. Japron22 says:
    August 18th, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Nice elimination tutorial! I got rid of the virus quite easily. Though I had some trouble resetting my browser

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