How to remove (uninstall) Lookbox

Adware is utilized by hackers to create some fake views on the pages they are trying to promote and to advertise the things that can’t be promoted in any lawful way. We are speaking of “rated R” content, drugs, cracked software or video files and useless utilities. Naturally, the links generated by Lookbox are extremely questionable and you shouldn't click them under no event. We’ve already said, that Lookbox is not perilous on its own, but it grows more perilous if it escapes your attention. If an unwanted utility spends a week or two within the OS, it helps more malicious utilities to sneak in thus transforming your workstation into a junkyard. You’ve probably seen such PC's already, clogged with unwanted programs, unable to start in a few minutes, horribly freezing, etc. You should delete Lookbox ASAP, to evade these things happening to your system.

Lookbox

Lookbox is a harmful piece of software, yet it’s not a usual virus. This fact might be considered a pro and con at the same time, and our plan is to clarify a ground for us to say so. The good news is that any adware isn't dangerous individually, and it's not going to destroy customer's information or vandalize the system as common malware does. It will just generate tons of improper advertising content in the form of links appearing without any logic on the display, pop-up ads and large banners. You might hide them all, but that’s what we call a huge nuisance. The bad thing is that unlike malware, adware is on rare occasions spotted by regular antiviruses. They're unable to spot it because of irregular behavioral algorithms, and can't stop it from being installed because victims do it all by hand.

 

How to protect your PC against Lookbox

Before we begin the uninstalling process, you'd better remember the means to guard the device from Lookbox. We're going to start from remembering the methods of getting into the PC. We're aware of plenty infection ways which malicious programs prefer, but the very effective of them for adware is the affiliate download. This is how it goes:

  • When a victim notices an installation file, he believes that it’s a trusted utility and downloads it. Some antiviruses warn their customers about the possibly hazardous contents of a package, but fraudsters know a good knack to get through this. The useful programs used as titles for packages are usually the cracked variants of licensed tools. It makes victims think that they may conflict with their AV utilities and just bypass the alerts.
  • Web-Internet-criminals put the bundle on a sought-after file-sharing platform. They put it on as many sites as they can, to enlarge the number of potential victims.
  • During the installation process, a victim notices a dialogue window where he has to select between a recommended and not recommended installation manners. The preferable one is pre-chosen so that every customer who likes to click “OK” picked it automatically.
  • Swindlers pick a useful tool that is widely known among the regular people and bundle it with 3-4 advertising tools. The package is made in a manner that you couldn’t understand what’s inside until you start the installation process. Sometimes, it becomes visible after the installation, when the victim realizes that he's received not quite what he wanted.

If you haven't rejected the recommended installation method – you’ve installed plenty of suspicious tools besides of a good program, and we can assist you to uninstall them all.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You might wonder how a customer might recognize an advertising utility if even an antivirus failed to do this, but we will explain that in a moment. The thing is that the antiviral tool (if you’ve got one), detects unwanted utilities through their structure. Scammers alter the signatures of their harmful utilities at least once in a while by uploading lesser updates without changing the overall purpose. We do not recommend you to dig into adware’s structure, but we have some thoughts about the methods by which scammers would hide an undesired tool when it stays in front of the victim’s face. You should consider the species of every utility you install. Think hard before installing browser enhancement utilities and tools for social networks that suggest you any sort of new advantages. System cleaners are extremely dubious too, as well as any cracked tools, like Word, Excel, PhotoShop, PowerPoint, etc. If you refrain from installing these programs, the chances of penetration will go down drastically.

How to remove Lookbox

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Lookbox manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Lookbox from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

If you want to delete Lookbox – you can pick among two techniques. You can delete it in manual mode, or via an antiviral program. If you like to cope with Lookbox without any antiviruses – you can do that, but you need to remember that Lookbox is not the only malicious utilities inside the OS. As you may recall from the above parts of the article, Lookbox penetrated the device through affiliate installation, and there are easily 2-3 more harmful tools to remove. If you are ready to cope with them all at one by one manually – we will assist you with it.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Lookbox" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Lookbox from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Lookbox

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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