In this article we are going to try and help you remove “My Lucky 123”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
If you want to keep your browser clean of intrusive programs such as “My Lucky 123”, read this article!
Browser hijackers are an annoyance. They get on your PC without you even knowing about it. Once inside, they incorporate themselves in your browser, whether it be Firefox, Chrome or IE, and they start messing with it, changing its homepage and default search engine and occasionally redirecting it to sites you did not intend to open. With all that in mind, it should be quite clear that this type of programs is all but wanted. Therefore, we have created this article, so that you may get all the help and information you might need, in case you’re faced with a program of this kind.
There are a huge number of browser hijackers out there, however, most of them share similar traits. Thus, what applies to one of them would most likely be valid for the rest. Here, in particular, we will talk about a browser hijacker known under the name of “My Lucky 123”. Many users have been complaining about it lately, so if you are currently having problems with similar software, chances are that it is exactly “My Lucky 123” that is bothering you. Know that this sort of programs usually have no real use for the regular customer. Therefore, there’s absolutely no doubt as to whether you should have the invasive application removed from your machine. For that reason, below the article you can find detailed instructions which will guide you on your way to getting rid of the unwanted software. Just make sure that you read through the rest of the article before you get to the removal guide – this will help you get a better understanding of what browser hijackers do and how they work as well as what you need to do so as to avoid them in the future.
My Lucky 123 “Virus”?
Many users have been asking how dangerous programs such as “My Lucky 123” really are. Well, there are many differing opinions on that matter. Some might tell you that browser hijackers and other similar software are almost as nasty and dangerous as malicious programs such as viruses and Ransomware. However, we do not subscribe to that view. First of all, many such programs are legal and legally distributed. Also, despite their general annoyance, browser hijackers rarely cause any permanent negative effects on your PC, unlike actual viruses. Sure, their presence might cause a slowdown to your machine due to the constant CPU and RAM consumption that the program requires, but this is pretty much it, as far as your machine is concerned. Another infamous hijacker trait is said to be its tendency to monitor your browsing habits. Now this is indeed a privacy invasion, however, the information that the hijacker could attain is hardly ever all that important and in most cases is simply used in order to enhance the ads that the invasive program often displays in your browser. This leads us to the next potential unwanted effect of browser hijackers. You see, similarly to adware, programs such as “My Lucky 123” might also present you with nagging and unwanted advertising materials once you open your browser. This is to be expected, though – after all the marketing industry is huge right now and there’s a lot of money involved there.
With all those things in mind, there’s still no need to worry if you’ve landed “My Lucky 123”. Sure, it might be annoying and obstructive and it might get on your nerves but it does not have the harmful potential that other more malicious programs such as Ransomware and Trojans definitely have.
Fending it off in the future
Removing the hijacker is not enough. You also need to know how it initially got there so as to prevent it from invading your PC again. In fact, there are several commonly used ways for distributing this sort of software. For example, you might have gotten in through an infected email message or by clicking on a deceitful link on some shady or borderline illegal webpage. However, the method that has the highest chance of being the reason for “My Lucky 123” getting on your PC is the so called file bundling. A file bundle is essentially a software package that contains several programs out of which the user usually wants to get only one – the main program of the package. Everything else is quite often either unwanted or useless. However, if you install such a software bundle by using the quick installation setting, you’d actually give your permission to all added programs as well. In order to avoid that, simply opt for the custom settings and uncheck any add-ons that seem shady and potentially unwanted. This simple step will certainly help you avoid any future browser hijacker invasions.
My Lucky 123 “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox)
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find “My Lucky 123” or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove “My Lucky 123” From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by “My Lucky 123” and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove “My Lucky 123” From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove “My Lucky 123” From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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