What is Ourluckysites.com?
What should you do when suddenly your homepage changes to Ourluckysites.com? First, you should not panic because panic does not lead anywhere good. Second, it is important to understand that a browser hijacker infection is not the end of the world. In fact, it is not that hard to remove Ourluckysites.com as well because these types of applications are not extremely dangerous or anything. You can get rid of the program if you follow the instructions right below this description. For more questions, do not hesitate to leave us a comment because our team is always ready to assist you.
Where does Ourluckysites.com come from?
Unfortunately, there is no definite website that would be responsible for the direct browser hijacker distribution. After all, browser hijackers seldom get distributed directly, because no one would ever want to add such a “search engine” to their default browser. Therefore, browser hijackers tend to employ third-party software to spread around the web.
What we mean is that Ourluckysites.com and other similar programs get distributed in freeware packages via file-sharing websites. It also means that users download and install these hijackers willingly albeit unwittingly. They probably are not aware of the fact they download more than one application because they are too focused on this one program they need.
As a result, this browser hijacker enters target systems and performs various modifications. It definitely follows the footsteps of its predecessors, as Ourluckysites.com comes from a big group of similar programs. The browser hijacker group is called the ELEX family, and so this program is related to Startpageing123.com, Funnypage123.com, and several other applications from the same group.
The good thing about dealing with a series of similar browser hijackers is that all of them can also be removed in a very similar manner, as those programs are not too sophisticated. However, it does not mean you should ignore them when you notice that your homepage settings were modified.
What does Ourluckysites.com do?
As you can already tell, this program changes your homepage settings when it gets added to your browser. The program can affect Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It is also very likely that Ourluckysites.com will display modified search results even if you continue using your initiate search engine.
The thing is that once the browser hijacker is added to a particular browser, it monitors all the traffic and collects data on your web browsing habits. With that, Ourluckysites.com can find out more about your likes and preferences, and then it can generate custom search content that might look interesting to you. What happens if you click any of the promoted links? You make money for the people behind this browser hijacker. Albeit this kind of profiting scheme is not illegal, you get nothing in return.
Worse, sometimes Ourluckysites.com and other browser hijacker could be exploited by cyber criminals to promote corrupted content because such programs do not review the links they embed in their advertising space. Hence, almost anyone could make use of this application, as long as they knew how to do that. And you can be sure that cyber criminals most definitely do know that.
How do I remove Ourluckysites.com?
As you can probably see, this browser hijacker presents quite a few security issues that should be taken seriously. You will do yourself a favor if you remove Ourluckysites.com from your computer immediately. While are you are it, you should also scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner because the chances are that this potential security threat is not the only unwanted program on-board.
Consequently, it is not just about the security program you have. You should also reconsider your web browsing habits, to avoid similar applications in the future. If you must download a new program, please consider downloading it from its official website, instead of getting them from third-party sources. As you can see, downloading programs from unfamiliar sites can lead to potentially unwanted consequences, and you most certainly have to do everything to protect your PC and your personal information from malicious exploitation.
If you have questions about computer security or browser hijacker removal, please feel free to contact us by leaving a comment. It is in our best interest to provide you with the service you want and need.
Manual Ourluckysites.com Removal
- Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
- Go to Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
- Find and remove the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
- Press Win+R and enter %AppData% into the Open box.
- Click OK and go to Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Mozilla User ID].
- Use Notepad to open the prefs.js file.
- Delete the following string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://Ourluckysites.com");.
- Save changes and close the file.
- Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- On the right pane, right-click the Start Page value.
- Select Modify and edit the homepage address. Click OK.
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