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Search.lotoboyz.com virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Search.lotoboyz.com – browser hijacker that spreads together with Lotoboyz downloader

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Search.lotoboyz.com is another deceptive search engine that promotes itself with the help of Lotoboyz downloader. Similarly to other hijackers, it tracks users to know their interests and then displays related ads. In the beginning, you may be convinced that this search tool is ready to improve your browsing activity. However, these misleading claims are used only to trick users into believing that search.lotoboyz.com is a legit search engine. Unfortunately, it is not.

Lotoboyz virus has been actively promoted using browser-hijacking technologies. That means you can download it as an optional component of other software. Soon after the infiltration, the deceptive search engine hijacks Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and other web browsers. Immediately after that, it modifies the above-mentioned browsers and assigns Search.lotoboyz.com to the default search engine, the homepage, and a new tab page.

Additionally, the virus can stealthily install potentially unwanted components on the system which are used to prevent its removal. For example, after adding browser helper objects[1] and similar components to the system, they reassign browser’s settings every time a user makes an attempt to change them back to normal. If you are dealing with such problem, use Reimage for search.lotoboyz.com removal from your computer. 

As we have already warned you, Lotoboyz virus has also been noticed to gather users' personal information, such as email address, computer’s IP address, visited websites, and so on. There is no guarantee that this information isn’t sold to unknown third parties that are trying to use it for their own needs.

Therefore, if you don’t want to put yourself at the risk, you should initiate search.lotoboyz.com removal right after it starts causing redirects on your web browser. Technically, it is not a significant virus, so you can remove it using manual guidelines that are posted at the end of this guide.

Recognizing this deceptive search engine on your computer

This virus is very similar, even identical, to many other deceptive websites. These websites all share the same feature – they claim that they are created to improve users’ search results by providing “useful” features, such as quick access to favorite websites or programs, weather forecasts, etc.

However, as soon as they are added to the system, these websites start accumulating needed information about their users instead of providing the real value. Furthermore, The most of them are spread with the help of a deceptive marketing method known as “bundling”.[2] In this case, unwanted third-party applications can be installed together with the regular software as optional components that can be prevented by selecting right installation modes.

The security team from Los Virus[3] note that when users rush to install or download a wanted program, they often tend to skip some of the installation steps and end up with the deceptive program.

To prevent this, make sure you carefully monitor every software’s download and uncheck check marks that allow system changes and similar alterations. For that, make sure you select Advanced or Custom installation mode. If your web browser is hijacked, you need to proceed to virus removal guide. 

Lotoboyz virus removal from the system

To remove Lotoboyz downloader and a browser hijacker that spreads in a bundle, make sure you carefully use a guide presented by our experts. In this case, you will have to uninstall all related programs from the system and then fix all web browsers that were hijacked by this PUP. For that, you can either remove all suspicious extensions, toolbars and search engines from each web browser.

You can also perform Search.lotoboyz.com removal automatically by selecting one of the programs recommended on this website. Make sure you update these programs before a scan to make sure that their database is full and your virus is included.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Search.lotoboyz.com virus, follow these steps:

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Remove Search.lotoboyz.com from Windows systems

  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 Search.lotoboyz.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.lotoboyz.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 Search.lotoboyz.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.

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Get rid of Search.lotoboyz.com from Mac OS X system

To remove browser hijacker from Mac OS X, you have to find and uninstall all suspicious applications by following these steps:

  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 Search.lotoboyz.com 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'
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Erase Search.lotoboyz.com 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 Search.lotoboyz.com 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 Search.lotoboyz.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Search.lotoboyz.com virus from Microsoft Edge

[GI=mozilla-firefox]You will be able to remove Search.lotoboyz.com from Firefox homepage once you uninstall suspicious extensions and reset the browser.

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, Search.lotoboyz.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Search.lotoboyz.com from Google Chrome

Lotoboyz virus will stop interfering your browsing sessions once you reset Google Chrome.

  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 Search.lotoboyz.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 Search.lotoboyz.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Search.lotoboyz.com from Safari

Uninstall questionable add-ons and reset Safari to remove the potentially unwanted program entirely:

  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 Search.lotoboyz.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 Search.lotoboyz.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 Search.lotoboyz.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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