What is Lookineo.com?
Lookineo.com is a French browser hijacker that our researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com have found identical to Securery.com and Secury-surf.com. Although this search engine may be offered to be set in your browsers while you are installing some software by Development Media 73, it is also possible that you do not realize it or it might be set even without your knowledge. That is why it has been categorized as a browser hijacker. But, as such, it may cause some system security issues apart from its appearance without your notice. Since this tool may start operating unreliably, we really do not see any other choice for you but to remove Lookineo.com from your computer. Please read on if you wish to learn how you can protect your PC next time from similar attacks and how you can handle this current infection as well.
Where does Lookineo.com come from?
According to our researchers, this browser hijacker may enter your computer in a freeware bundle that contains software created by Development Media 73. As a matter of fact, this search engine and the additional toolbar it installs were also developed by this company. Although our research team could not confirm what kind of malware infections this hijacker may be bundled with, we can only infer that it does not come alone. But to be sure that your computer is safe we advise you to delete Lookineo.com and scan your computer with a malware scanner in order to identify all other possible infections that may be endangering your operating system.
How does Lookineo.com work?
Do not be misled by the fact that it is a French browser hijacker. You must know that the Internet does not have boundaries. Okay, maybe some countries may block certain websites, but the truth is that you can access a lot of freeware sites from most of the world. Since these applications are mostly hosted on questionable P2P sites, chances are that you can also end up with this hijacker in your browsers.
It seems that this hijacker sets the default search engines to Lookineo.com in all major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer as well as Google Chrome. However, it will only change the home page settings and install the toolbar in Firefox and Explorer. We advise you to avoid this search engine along with the toolbar and never use them. Unfortunately, you cannot trust them since it is possible that the search results get manipulated and include third-party advertising. Cyber criminals might use this hijacker to collect data about you so that they can send relevant, i.e., tailored advertisements to your computer screen. But their goal is obviously not to suit your taste and offer you products and services that you would actually find useful and money saving. Instead, it is more likely that after clicking on a fake ad, you will find yourself on a malicious website. If you want to avoid being scammed by criminals, you should not hesitate to remove Lookineo.com.
How can I remove Lookineo.com?
We hope that you see why it is so important to know what you might face if you have this infection on-board. Without knowing your enemy, you cannot fight them efficiently. So let us see how you can eliminate Lookineo.com. Because of the browser setting changes and the extensions, it is best to reset all your browsers. If you have never done that before, please refer to our guide below. Remember to always double check what kind of additional tools and applications you are about to allow onto your computer when installing freeware packages. It is enough to overlook a checkbox and you might find Lookineo.com in your browsers.
Remove Lookineo.com from Browsers
- Press Alt+F and choose Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
- Click Reset settings at the bottom.
- Click Reset.
- Tap Alt+T and select Internet Options.
- Choose the Advanced tab and press Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings.
- Click Reset.
- Press Close.
- Tap Alt+H and choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- Press Refresh Firefox in the pop-up.
- Click Finish.
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