In this article we are going to try and help you remove Mylucky123. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Not being able to browse the web in peace may be a real disturbance. Especially if it is caused by aggressively popping ads, page redirects, strange new tabs and notifications that are constantly interrupting your searches. Since you are reading this page, you probably know what we are talking about and chances are that you’re facing such disturbing activity. The most probable reason for that could be a browser hijacker named Mylucky123 “Malware”, which has probably replaced the homepage and the default search engine of your Chrome or Firefox browser and is now redirecting all your searches to pages full of intrusive advertisements. Unfortunately, these potentially unwanted changes may cause major annoyance to the people facing them and the only effective solution in such a case is to completely uninstall the browser hijacker. If you have tried to do that on your own but it didn’t work, you should know that the removal of these programs is a bit specific. That’s why we have prepared a detailed removal guide below that will help you deal with the uninstallation process in the most effective way. In the next lines, you are going to read about the typical behavior of this browser hijacker, its distribution methods and danger level as well as how to manually remove it from your system. We suggest you spend the necessary time to go through the whole information we have prepared and then carefully proceed to the removal instructions.
Mylucky123 – is this a malware?
This is probably the first thing you would like to know when you are facing disturbing activity like the one that Mylucky123 “Malware” initiates. With no doubt, the strange and rather aggressive way this browser hijacker bombards your screen with stubborn ads, pop-ups and sponsored pages that don’t want to go away, could easily be taken for a symptom of nasty virus infection. The good news, however, is that this is NOT a virus, nor it is a malware. Security experts don’t consider browser hijackers to be serious malicious threats like Trojans or Ransomware. In fact, these ad-generating programs can’t be related to any harmful activities that real malware specializes in. Unlike viruses, Trojans and Ransomware, browser hijackers do not contain malicious scripts that intend to harm your system; therefore, even if you have such a program on your computer, you have no real reason to be worried.
The prime reason for the development of browser hijackers like Mylucky123 is to display paid advertisements and sponsored pages on the user’s screen. This is legitimate activity, which is related to the online advertising industry. The sole aim of the developers and owners of such ad-generating software is to earn some money through the well-known Pay-Per-Click method. Your clicks play a great role in the whole remuneration scheme, because every time you click on some message or page generated by Mylucky123 “Malware”, its owners receive some money. Naturally, they would try to display as many ads as possible to collect more clicks from every user. However, the excessive amount of ads, pop-ups, banners and web pages may interrupt the normal online activity of users and thus, quickly turn the browser hijacker into a source of browsing-related irritation and disturbance. That’s why many users, who do not want to tolerate the stream of advertisements on their monitors, may prefer to uninstall the nagging program from their system.
What about system issues?
Apart from being irritating, programs like Mylucky123 “Malware” may cause some other system issues. Sometimes, as a result of the constant need of your browser to load pages and advertisements, it may significantly slow down your system performance. It may take forever to load the pages you want, which may turn into a big waste of time and sluggish browsing. System lags, high CPU usage, and a freezing screen may also be results of the browser hijacker’s activity. The more you keep this program on your computer, the more potentially unwanted side effects you may notice. At the end, you should decide for yourself whether you are benefiting from this software or if it’s simply a big time waster and a source of disturbance for your normal online activity.
Distribution and prevention
In case you want to stay away from browsers hijackers in the future, you should know how to prevent them from getting installed on your computer. Such programs are mostly distributed via software bundles that contain other attractive software. Users may download such bundles from freeware platforms, torrents, file sharing sites, installation managers or spam emails. Checking what the bundle contains is essential for the prevention of unwanted programs and this could easily be done through the custom/advanced option. It gives the most detailed menu, where anyone without any serious computer skills can manually disable any additional software before it has been installed on their computer. Skipping that option, however, may result in a bunch of potentially undesired programs that will get installed without notice.
Mylucky123 “Malware” Uninstall (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 Mylucky123 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 Mylucky123 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 Mylucky123 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 Mylucky123 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 Mylucky123 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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