How to Remove Browser Hijacker

Does automatically load as your default homepage every time you open the browser?

Does your search engine get changed without your permission too?

Do irritating web pages appear suddenly in the browser when your computer is connected to Internet and you can’t block them?

You tried to reset browser settings to default but they still return to that unwanted search page?

Do you know what kind of serious results would be caused by this unsafe web page?

If you get stucked with removing browser hijacker and need help to prevent unknown websites from opening up, you can use the solutions provided in this page.

 The manual methods will take a long time to get finished and the effect is uncertain, however, the
longer you allow this threat stay in your system, the more risky your computer system will be.
The most effective and surest way to solve your problems with browser is using Lucky remover
to run a full malware scan on the system and then remove it for you.


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Every web users should be cautious of when using the Internet as it is a fake search engine that was created by spammers. When look at its simple search engine design solely, everyone would like to believe that it is just another legitimate search engine just like Google and DuckDuckGo, but that is not even close to the truth. This unsecure domain is created by spammers to appear as a good alternative to Google. In order to make a positive impression on computer users and make them believe it is harmless, blasts itself as a top search engine in the world on its own ‘About’ page while its search results do not as good as it brags about. It is pretty easy for the large majority of unsuspicious users to give their credits to this seemingly trustworthy website if they do not have much experience with Internet and computer threats.
This website cannot be trusted and used for searching because it is in collusion with malware including foistware, potentially unwanted programs and ad-supported websites. Users can find fake web pages promoting low quality products are contained in its search results. Sometimes it will redirect users to other reputable search results page like Google and it is natural for users to believe Google’s search results. However, when users are typing in their search entries, Luckysearch123 will replace the real web address of the useful results and give fake links to users, so it is not a search engine in any real sense. Of course, such a fraudulent search engine has no the result filter to sort search results for users, but other things that it does on a computer are even more terrible and serious than that. homepage is defined as a maleficent browser hijacker because it can observe victims’ Internet browsing activities on the infected computers by having control over browsers. It is able to infect different browsers by using different means. It can be installed as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser, be added as an extension to Mozilla Firefox and poses as a new search engine on Google Chrome. Sometimes users cannot find any of its traces on browser extension settings except for browser homepage setting, but actually the control for browser has already been taken by the browser hijacker secretly. To deceive users and avoid attracting attention to itself, its add-on name will not be presented with any words that indicate it is from Luckysearch 123. It may use other irrelevant name even use the positive words like “browser defender” to pretend as a common or legitimate tool to avoid being suspected.
In addition to abrupt changes to browser settings, constant redirect to unwanted web pages is another visible symptom of this browser hijacker. Users of hijacked browsers will be forced to visit and other sponsored websites repeatedly once this malicious website enters the system successfully. The suspicious websites that users are taken to are usually about commercial ads and service/product promotion. The authors of ads and software developers can make money with their websites even if you don’t buy their products. They can generate revenue from page views and clicks the websites has received. Furthermore, users could be brought to unsafe software download sites that will automatically try to download unwanted programs or malware onto users’ computers. Those unneeded programs can be counterfeit software or the applications that you don’t ever never hear of and nobody is willing to download. Multiple programs will get installed on the compromised system at the same time fast and you don’t even have time to cancel the installation. The computer infected with redirect virus would become extremely slow and show high CPU utilization.
Can you see now the severe consequences caused by this browser hijacker? You should not trust the website content generated by this dubious website for it in reality is a monetized tool that is used for online advertising, web traffic generation and malware delivery.

Please be aware the main signs and symptoms of Luckysearch123 browser hijacker:

  • If you see appear as the default homepage/search engine without your authorization or you are redirected to unknown websites while surfing online;
  • The browser preference settings cannot be saved after you change and your browser redirects you to sites that you don’t want to visit;
  • Strange browser toolbar and unwanted programs has been installed on your PC.

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How Can You Remove from Browsers? (For Users of Windows OS)

Removing this computer infection on your own is not a simple task. Even though it is not such a virus that will infect important files and corrupt system seriously, there are a lot of aspects involved in this issue. It would be considerably challenging for general computer users to have it removed completely. Users need to properly uninstall all malicious applications, adjust browser settings and accurately delete the harmful registry entries. What is more, there could be unexpected problems occur during the removal process and users have to learn how to deal with them. If you are a computer beginner or don’t have much Internet experience, it is advised that you resort to the automatic way.

If you tend to remove this threat manually, the following section provides step-by-step instructions for you. It would inadvertently destroy system once you delete the wrong file or operate improperly. Please carefully follow the steps below.


The first thing you need to do is to save your work and close all running programs in Windows. The common method for closing the window is to click the X mark in the top-right corner, but it is dangerous to do so when closing unwanted pop-ups because such behavior may trigger more annoying ads and automatic downloads. To safely terminate all running applications and windows, you can use Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut without clicking on anything. Some programs cannot be completely exit by close the window. As to such fact, Windows users can terminate the activity with Task Manager.

Windows 7


Right-click on any blank spot on Taskbar and you’ll see the context menu.


Select the Start Task Manager command.

Windows 7 Start Task Manager


Look for suspicious processes that are slowing down your system. End them and the processes that are safe to kill by clicking End Process.

Windows 7 end processes

If you can’t tell which process is safe to stop, look up the name of the process that is unfamiliar to you with trustworthy search engine and see how others speak of it. That would be an effective way to help you judge if a process is harmless.

Windows 8


Right-click on any blank spot on Taskbar and you’ll see the context menu.


Select the Task Manager command.

Windows 8 Task manager


Look for suspicious processes that are slowing down your system. End them and processes that are safe to kill by clicking End task.

Windows 8-End task



Since the browser virus usually comes as a freebie of the freeware that has been installed on victims’ computer recently, it is necessary to examine the installed programs via Windows Control Panel. Users should not neglect any software as even legitimate software can also affiliate with doggy programs.

Windows 7


Click the Start button in the lower-left corner.


Click Control Panel on the right-hand side of the start menu.

Start-Control Panel


Open the Control Panel window with the Category View and click on Uninstall a program.

win7 uninstallprogram


Try to uninstall recently installed suspicious program from the list as the screenshot showed below:

Windows 7 uninstall program

Windows 8


Use Windows+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command window and then enter ‘Control Panel’ in the box.

Windows 8 Run control panel


The Control Panel window will open. Please view it with the Category View and then click on Uninstall a program.

Uninstall a program - Windows 8



Try to uninstall recently installed suspicious program from the list.

Windows 8 uninstall



Internet Explorer


Click on the Tools button ( which looks like a gear) on the top-right corner of the Internet Explorer window and select Internet Options.

Internet explorer-Internet options


Select General tab, delete the URL of and enter the Website that you want to use as the home page in Home page section.


Click on Apply and OK.

Internet explorer-Internet options 2


Click on the Tools button ( which looks like a gear) on the top-right corner of the Internet Explorer window and select Manage add-ons this time.

Manage add-ons


Under Add-on Types menu that contains the add-on categories and select Search Providers.

IE Search providers


You may not see there would be such a search engine called Luckysearch123 in the list for it could use a different name to disguise as a normal browser tool. If you can’t identify which search provider is the malicious one, search all dubious ones by name online.

If you are able to recognize the malicious search provider, you need to make the other search engine like Google or Yahoo as default and then you are allowed to delete the unwanted search engine.

IE set search provider


And then you need to move to Toolbars and Extensions category to check if there is any questionable browser add-on.

IE toolbars


If you find any malicious item is enabled , select it and click on Disable button.

IE Disable toolbars

If you are unable to pick out any browser add-on that will start the unwanted redirecting activities on your browser, or your browser still hijacked by, it could be due to the unnoticeable modification on browser shortcut properties, so you may also need to fix the browser shortcut next.


Right click the shortcut of IE browser and select Properties.

IE properties


Look at the Target field, delete everything following Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” and click on OK to apply the change.

Internet explorer-Properties

Mozilla Firefox

Click Menu > Options.


In General tab, delete the link of and enter a new home page link.

Firefox general


Switch to Search tab, choose the malicious search engine and click on Remove.


Click Menu > Add-ons

extensions and plugins of firefox


Choose Extensions tab, click on Remove button to uninstall the unwanted browser extension.


Choose Plugins tab, choose Never Activate to stop the malicious plug-in from running.

Never activate firefox plugins

If your browser homepage still gets redirected to unwanted websites, you may need to fix the browser shortcut manually.


Right click the shortcut of Firefox browser and select Properties.


Look at the Target field, delete everything following Firefox\firefox.exe” and click on OK to apply the change.

Firefox properties


Close the browser and restart it.

Google Chrome

Click on Menu icon > Settings.

Chrome settings


Click on Change under Appearance.

Chrome appearance


You will see that the homepage as well as new tab page are set as the web address of the browser hijacker. Delete it and input a new web address you like and click on OK.

Chrome appearance homepage


Click on Manage search engines… under Search.

Chrome manage search engine


Make Google as you default search engine first.

Chrome search engine 1


Click on the Delete mark to remove the Luckysearch123 search engine and click on Done.

Chrome manage search engine 2


Close the browser and restart it.

How Can You Remove Quickly?

More users prefer to take automatic removal method which is more convenient and safe to use. A powerful tool can help you remove malware infections including browser hijacker, adware and Trojan from your PC effectively with just a few clicks. If you have redirect virus on your system and your current security program does not work, it is recommended to download and install SpyHunter to kick the browser hijacker out of your PC.



Click the download button above and save SpyHunter-Installer.exe to your hard drive.

SpyHUnter installerSTEP 2

Double-click the executable file to begin the installation.

The installation wizard provides guidance to instruct you go through the whole installation process. You just need to confirm and agree to the terms of its user agreement and privacy policy and the program will complete the installation automatically.

SpyHunter installation step 5


Click on FINISH button to close the installer.

SpyHunter will perform an immediate scan of your all hard drives. The malware scanning may take a long time as it will scan all registry files, cookies, rootkits and memory in your system, but it will not slow down your computer performance.

SpyHunter detects


You can view the information about the harmful objects that has been detected by SpyHunter during the scanning process.

SpyHunter removes


When the scan is complete, you should click on the Fix Threats button to remove all detected infections on your PC.

This browser hijacker tracks the sites you visit, what you do on these sites, the ads that it displays and which ads you click on as well as has the ability to read your bookmarks and personal unencrypted cookies. It will send your history back to its command and controls server which is then shared with marketing companies and other third-parties.

One of the best ways to secure a web browser is to always keep it updated. Also, remove all the plugins that you don’t actually need. There are a many plugins in our browser that are unused and will be unused in future too. So remove the plugins that you don’t need.

There are a lot of PUP (Potential Unwanted Software) which can get into your system when you download a piece of software. Such PUPs can bring malicious browser hijacker like to affect the system and the browser in a negative way. Having a reputed and good antivirus program in your PC can protect the browser as well as the system from getting attacked by such vulnerabilities.

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