How to remove (uninstall) Lkysearch

Have you noticed aggressive banners on the Internet, labeled as “pop-ups by Lkysearch”? Did you see the presence of Lkysearch somewhere else in the system? If something alike happened in later days – the PC is penetrated by adware, and this entry can help you in eliminating it.

Lkysearch

What is Lkysearch

Lkysearch, as you could guess already, is an advertising tool. It’s a kind of program that cannot do anything helpful, as it’s created to achieve a single goal: to drive you mad. We're joking, the driving-crazy stuff isn’t its direct aim, but you'll be irritated anyway until Lkysearch does its job – displays the advertising content. When the penetration is complete, it modifies the settings of the browser and delivers you as much spam as it can and sometimes more, making sure that you click at least on a few of them. Hackers receive a couple of cents for every click you're making, and now you understand why the banners appear again and again: it’s a real bonanza. In the following sections, we’ll tell you how adware infected the workstation and how you might defend it against similar viruses. If you are not interested and just want to delete adware ASAP – ignore the other parts and look at the removal instructions.

Right after the infestation, Lkysearch alters the controls of your browser. It’s the best that it's capable of doing, as the head function in this play is given to the fake search engine which appears in your browser when you download Lkysearch. So, Lkysearch removes your default start page and your favorite search and puts the scammer’s webpage instead of them. After that you can't use the well-known Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine you're used to – you will surf the Internet through the crippled Lkysearch search, giving away pop-ups advertising banners irrelevant links of all forms and colors. Adware also modifies the properties of the shortcuts of your browsers in a way that in case you return the good settings, you will see the untrusted search engine as the starting tab.

Lkysearch can't be uninstalled as a usual utility, and if you try it - the adware will reinstall itself. It occurs thanks to the virus' defensive algorithms, and we can unriddle to you how they function:

  • The easiest way of protection is to make a system task for the restoration of Lkysearch if the user had erased it. Scheduled tasks aren’t frequently utilized by usual PC operators, so Lkysearch just sets a task to inspect if it is working, and if it isn't – to get and set it again. This task is being executed after each reboot, and thanks to it Lkysearch is so difficult to erase.
  • The second manner is similar to the previous one, but it uses the system registry and not the Scheduled Tasks service. Scammers make a new value to your registry and you should find and delete it, which might be difficult. The regular registry values are required for your computer to function, and by deleting one of them, you might bring serious harm to the OS.

 

How Lkysearch got into the system

To simplify the things a bit, we’ll describe the whole story from the beginning. 99% of the advertisement-oriented tools are replicas of each other, repeated many times and transferred to third-grade web-criminals with lesser changes made. Some evil dudes got this one from an underground website, set it up and published it on file-exchanging portals all over the Internet. That’s where you downloaded it from, huh? Wait, you're saying that you didn’t look for a program to annoy you? Maybe, you wanted a perfect spoiling-it-all-up program for your workstation, and received a useful link to Lkysearch installer? Did we get it wrong again? Okay, in that case, you sought for another utility that's really good. Some gratis utility created by a not-so-famous developer, or a cracked replica of a paid software you didn’t want to buy.

We know this manner as the “sponsored installation”, and it means that bad guys combine the installation files of 3-4 useless programs and one helpful tool into one installer. The essential point of that bundle is that they call it by the name of a useful tool, and you don’t discover its content until the installation begins. On one of the last stages, you see an offer to download extra programs, with the required fields filled and the mouse cursor is already hovering over “OK”. We assume that you clicked, if you're on this website now. There's another method, with the “installation manners”. It's pretty simple: the sophisticated installation technique means that you can pick a folder for a utility to be installed, which extra modules do you need, and which ones are useless. In Lkysearch's case, if you clicked the suggested method of installation, you admit all the viruses from the viral installer into the system.

Methods to remove Lkysearch

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Lkysearch manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Lkysearch 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

Now you realize how Lkysearch works, and you know in which way it penetrated the system. We’ve told you nearly everything, besides the most significant thing: the ways to eliminate Lkysearch. Here we go. Lkysearch can be removed through following these simple methods. One of them is what you have just tried to execute – manual removal. We know how to do it right, and under this part, you will see the tips on by-hand deletion. Its main flaw is that you can’t uninstall several viruses through it because it will require lots of time. It's better to try another way: you might totally uninstall the adware in several minutes with the help of Spyhunter AntiMalware. This tool has many benefits, including decent signature database, the compatibility with many anti-viruses, high working speed and round-the-clock user support. It's time to stop trying to guard the PC through free programs – try the proper antivirus. Push the button below to download a trial scanner.

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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 "Lkysearch" 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 Lkysearch from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Lkysearch

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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