- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Mylucky123.com only looks like a regular search engine, but, in fact, it is a browser hijacker set to enter your computer via malicious distribution methods and replace your browser’s default homepage address. For this reason, you ought to remove it from your computer entirely, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Mylucky123.com is used for promoting websites, and it is set to do that by including their links in the search results. Apart from that, it will also collect information about you and use it to show you links related to your browsing preferences. As you can see, this fake search engine is bad news, so if you want to know more about it, then please continue reading.
While gathering information about it, we found that it is currently being promoted by ad-supported software. We do not know the name of this adware, but it seems that there might be more than one application promoting it. These applications are said to show intrusive pop-up advertisements that initiate the download of this hijacker. However, a website does not install on its own. Therefore, we have no doubt that there is a browser extension or toolbar that comes with it, but we have yet to find and test its sample. Here is a quote from http://mylucky123.com/about.html that reads “In order to make mylucky123 your default search engine in your browser you can the information on our Toolbar & Plugins page.” as you can see, there has to be a browser plug-in, but it does not a dedicated distribution method. In any case, Mylucky123.com’s browser plug-in is set to enter your computer secretly and set it as the default homepage of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, without your knowledge or consent.
Some browser hijackers hijack the homepage, new tab page and search provider settings, but this particular browser hijacker hijacks the homepage only. The aim of this is to force you to use it as a regular search engine. Its developers even tired to imitate Google’s color scheme to make this hijacker look related to it or for whatever other reason. Not only that, but it actually redirects the entered search queries to Google.com. However, the search results are altered and set to include links to promoted websites, and the modified search results are indistinguishable from the regular links, so the search results are outright misleading. We think that this hijacker can be used to promote malicious websites and phishing sites, fake online shopping websites, and other content that can jeopardize your computer’s security and your personal privacy. Speaking of which, let us tell you what information Mylucky123.com is set to collect about you.
In closing, it is evident that Mylucky123.com is not a legitimate search engine. In fact, it is far from it because it is disseminated using illicit methods and set to promote content of questionable legitimacy. Furthermore, it can collect information about you and use it to tailor the ads, make them more appealing and generate more advertising revenue as a result. So if you want to get rid of it, we kindly invite you to refer to the removal guide presented below.
How to remove this browser hijacker
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