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How to Remove LookSafe Redirect Virus

 

LookSafe

 

LookSafe is an adware program that is actually categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or browser hijacker by attaching to Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as browse add-ons, browser helper objects (BHOs) and extensions and changing your existing internet browser settings.

Once your internet browser is redirecting to http://looksafesearch.com or some software named or published by LookSafe is installed on your computer, you are definitely infected by the LookSafe.
 

Dangers of LookSafe

 
See what will happen on your computer once infected by LookSafe:

Once LookSafe software such as LookSafe Utility is installed on your computer, your IE/Chrome/Firefox browsers will be affected by changing or corrupting their original settings including homepage, startpage, and search engines. As a result, when you visit a target website, you may redirect to looksafesearch.com or other websites, or a new browser window or tab may pop up without authorization.

LookSafe browser hijacker
 
Once LookSafe software such as LookSafeSearch.com redirect virus is installed on your computer, it will automatically collect your sensitive user information containing your login, username, address, telephone number, email address, browser activity and history, and others.

LookSafe may also redirect you to additional websites, for example, search.yahoo.com, which is not a legitimate standalone search engine by displaying suspicious sponsored links and websites as search results.
 

How Does the LookSafe Hijacker Appear on Your PC

 
LookSafe is usually bundled with third-party freeware and share such as video recording/streaming and media player to install on your PC without knowledge and permission. It is proved that not only are many of such downloads are useless for you but also install PUP and adware like LookSafe into computer.

LookSafe is bundled with a third party program
 
For the LookSafe usually is bundled during the installation process to trick users into installing it without a decent notice, it is suggested that users should:

– always read the Terms and Agreements carefully before installing the software
– pay attention to click on the “Next” “Accept” “I Agree” or similar buttons to prevent from unwanted software installation
– make full use of the “Advanced” or “Custom” option to find out if there is any other malicious software bundled to be installed during the installation process
 
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How to Remove LookSafe Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)?


 
STEP 1 Remove LookSafe from control panel
Option 1 Remove LookSafe from control panel manually
Option 2 Remove LookSafe from control panel using Anvi Uninstaller
 
STEP 2 Remove LookSafe and repair browsers
Option 1 Remove LookSafe and repair browsers manually
Option 2 Remove LookSafe and repair browsers using Anvi Slim Toolbar
 
STEP 3 Cleaning residing files, invalid registry entries and junk files using Cloud System Booster
 
(Important Step: After removing LookSafe related extensions from browser, there are lots of caches and leftovers of LookSafe. LookSafe has a great chance of taking a comeback if these caches stay in your computer. To remove LookSafe completely from your computer, it is necessary to clean all leftovers and caches related to LookSafe.)
 
STEP 4 Reset browser settings (Optional)

 

Step 1 Remove LookSafe from control panel

 
Option 1 Remove LookSafe from control panel manually
 
Windows 8
Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
Charms bar>Settings>Control Panel>Uninstall a program
Remove LookSafe and other unknown programs.
 
Windows XP
Start>Settings>Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs>Programs and Features
Remove LookSafe and other unknown programs.
 
Windows 7/Vista
Start>Control Panel>Uninstall a program/Programs and Features
Uninstall LookSafe and other unknown programs.
 
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Option 2 Remove LookSafe from control panel using Anvi Uninstaller
 
You can make full use of Anvi Uninstaller-a small free tool Anvi Uninstaller that is also available in Cloud System Booster’s Toolbox and remove LookSafe related program easily and quickly.
 
Anvi Uninstaller can help you find the programs installed on your computer conveniently and quickly. Through Anvi Uninstaller, users can quickly scan the recently installed programs and uninstall the unwanted programs conveniently as well as the registries related to the unwanted programs.
 
1 Download and install Anvi Uninstaller
 
download
 
2 Scan out the installed programs.
 
Find and remove LookSafe related programs.
 
Select LookSafe and other unknown programs, and click on Uninstall.
 
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Step 2 Remove LookSafe and repair browsers

 
Option 1 Remove LookSafe and repair browsers manually
 
GGoogle Chrome
 
Chrome menu>Tools>Extensions.
 
Disable LookSafe related extensions.
 
Note: If you fail to remove LookSafe by disabling it in the Extensions tab, you need to manually modify the browser settings including homepage, search engine, startup page and show button changed by LookSafe . Here is the step by step guide:
 
Chrome menu>Tools>Settings.

manually modify chrome settings
 
On startup

Click on “Set pages” right beside , in the popped-up window, move your mouse to LookSafe and click on the “Delete” button to remove LookSafe as your Chrome Startup page. If you want to set your own browser Startup page, just enter its URL such as http://www.google.com to the “Add a new page” box, and click on the “OK” button to save your setting.

Show Home Button

Check “Show home button” under “Appearance”, you will notice that your current home button has already been changed to looksafesearch.com. It’s easy to modify by clicking on the “Change” button and selecting “Use the New Tab page” in the popped-up window:

Modify homepage in Chrome
 
Then, click “OK” to save it.
 
Search Engine

Click on “Manage search engine” under “Search”. In the popped-up window, select your desired search engine in the “Default search settings” list and click on “Make default”. If you fail to find your wanted search engine in the list, you can also add a new search engine in the “Other search engines” boxes. Finally, click on “Done” to save it.

Modify search engine in Chrome
 
FMozilla Firefox
 
Firefox (tools)>add-ons>Extensions
Disable or remove LookSafe related extensions.
 
Note: If you fail to remove LookSafe by disabling it in the Add-ons tab, you need to manually modify the browser homepage and search engine changed by LookSafe . Here is the step by step guide:
 
Firefox (tools)>add-ons>Options>General.

modify homepage in firefox
 
On Home page

Enter your wanted homepage URL such as http://www.google.com in the “Home Page” box and click on “OK” button to save it.
 
Search Engine

Go over to the “Search” menu list > find “LookSafe” and right click on it > choose “Remove from toolbar” to delete LookSafe from your search engine immediately.

modify search engine in firefox
 
IInternet Explorer
 
Tools (gear icon for Windows XP users)> Manage add-ons>Toolbars and Extensions
 
Disable LookSafe related extensions and any other unknown add-ons.
 
Note: If you fail to remove LookSafe by disabling it in the Add-ons tab, you need to manually modify the browser homepage and search engine changed by LookSafe . Here is the step by step guide:
 
Tools (gear icon for Windows XP users)> Internet Options.

Options in Internet Explorer
 
Home Page

Enter your wanted homepage URL such as http://www.google.com in the “Home page” box and click on “OK” button to save it.
 
Search Engine

Click on “Settings” button under the “Search” tab > right click on your unwanted search engine in the “Search Providers” list and select “Set As Default”> choose “LookSafe” and click on “Remove” button to delete LookSafe from your search engine immediately.

Modify IE search engine
 
Modify IE search engine
 
Option 2 Remove LookSafe and repair browsers using Anvi Slim Toolbar
 
Because some of users feel it’s a little bit complicated to manually remove unknown browser add-on one by one. Here, we recommend you a convenient browser management tool–Anvi Slim ToolBar. This tool is designed to remove browser add-ons and repair browser damages including homepage and search engine redirects. With one click to recovery your default browser settings.

1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.

 

Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_ast.html

Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/astupgrade.php

 

2. Remove Extensions from browsers

 

After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect toolbars in your browsers. When the result is displayed, select malicious extensions and others you what to remove, and then click Remove button to remove them.

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Step 3 Cleaning residing files, invalid registry entries and junk files using Cloud System Booster

 
After removing LookSafe extensions, there are invalid registry entries as well as any leftovers left in the computer. These junks files will slow down the computer, leave hide danger in your computer or revive the adware. It is highly recommended that you get rid of the junks files using Cloud System Booster—a computer cleaner initially designed to clean and optimize your computer by throwing out junk data on disk, registry, and more unneeded Windows files.
 
Cloud System Booster is a new version of Cloud System Booster developed by Anvisoft team. Asides from keeping original features of cleaning and optimizing computer by throwing out junk data on disk, registry, and more unneeded Windows files, Cloud System Booster v3.2 increases some new functions, such as Cloud Sync, Toolbar Manage, and GB File Remover.
 
1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.
 
download
 
2. Run the Cloud System Booster.
 
Click on the Quick Scare button on the main screen to run a full scan, and hit Clear button to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc.
 
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Step 4 Reset browser settings (Optional)

Please note that this method will make your personalized browser settings lost and recover to the default settings of browser itself. Please be careful when choose this method to get rid of.

Reset Internet Explorer
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Reset Google Chrome


 

For Internet Explorer users

 

1. Go to Internet Explorer> click the gear icon(for IE 9 and 10)/Tools (for IE 8) at the top (far right)>click Internet Options.

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2. In the following pop-up box: click Advanced tab>click Reset button>click OK.

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3. In below section: select Delete personal settings>click Reset

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4. After completing the reset, click Close and then click OK.

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For Firefox users

 

1. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, move to Help and then click Troubleshooting information.

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2. Then, click on Reset Firefox to restore browser settings to their original defaults.

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For Google Chrome users

 

1. Click the Chrome menu 8 on the browser toolbar and select Settings.
2. Click Show advanced settings and find the “Reset browser settings” section. Click Reset browser settings.
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3. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Note: When the “Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings” checkbox is selected you are anonymously sending Google your Chrome settings. Reporting these settings allows them to analyze trends and work to prevent future unwanted settings changes.

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If you want know what settings will be impacted after resetting your browser settings, please see Reset browser settings on Google’s website.

 
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Malware prevention tips

 
Anvi Smart Defender is a powerful antivirus tool, which can help users prevent malicious software such as virus, Trojan, adware, spyware and so on. The light and smart swordfish scan engine will not consume extra resources to influence the operation of the computer.
 
The new version of Anvi Smart Defender integrates all-round positive guard including file system guard, network guard and the newly added anti-hacker and anti-exploit. It can not only protect your PC system from damages and loss due to infections but can also prevent your computer getting infected via remote access guard, remote execute guard and anti-exploit. Furthermore, the newly added Anti-hacker in this version will check all related system services and settings to ensure the computer system is safe from potential hacker attacks. The new version decreases your chance of being attacked by hacker. If any risky items detected, one-click solution is provided to help fix all, while you can also choose the item to ignore as per your personal needs.
 
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AD blocker developed by Avisoft team comes into your computer as an extension along with Anvi Smart Defender. Anvi AD Blocker is a popup ads blocking extension preventing spyware from infecting computers. The blocker can effectively blocks malicious advertisements and fishing websites. It is matched with antivirus software to protect computers from viruses in real time.
 
Popup ads are very common on the internet. But you may never know how harmful the adware is until such time that it takes control of your PC. The adware may collect your privacy information and deliver it to third parties, which may cause monetary loss. So, we highly recommend you block these popup ads using Anvi AD Blocker.
 
Anyhow, according to your needs, you can enable or disable AD blocker in the extension list of Chrome (Chrome menu>Tools>Extensions).
 
Ad blocker
 
We are becoming symbiotic with Internet. We can shop, play games, watch TV and communicate with others through the Internet. Indeed, Internet brings convenience for us. At the same time, network crime cases occur frequently, which reminds that it is more and more important to protect your online security. Cyber criminals make every effort to find security holes so as to invade into your computer. At this time, a protection tool against network crimes is very necessary for computer users.
 
Other features of Anvi Smart Defender 2.0
 
Anvi Smart Defender 2.0 is a new version of Anvi Smart Defender developed by Anvisoft team. It is worth mentioning that Anvi Smart Defender is not only an antivirus program but also a preventive tool. The Guard module added in the new version includes File System Guard, Network Guard and Anti-Hacker, which can protect your online security in all directions.
 
More and more data report that E-Commerce threats on users’ privacy information including important financial information. In view of this point, Anvisoft team adds network guard including eShopping Guard to prevent malicious websites and plugins and provide a safe shopping environment. What’s worse: hackers can always come into computers freely. Computer users have no idea what hackers do on their computers at all. Anti-Hacker module helps you check all system services and settings that may be used by hackers to attack your system and offers one-click fix to keep it safe away from hacker attacks.
 
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Recommend for Slow PC
 
 
 
 
Over time and registry junked-up, computer becomes slower and slower. When systematic natural resources are gobbled up gradually, computer users need to clean the junk files so as to keep their computers running at optimum performance.
 
Anvi Ultimate Defrag newly developed by Anvisoft team is designed to integrate four common functions of repairing disk errors, cleaning up junk files, defragging and optimizing the hard disk drive volumes. It is light to install and efficient to defrag. Optimizing your computer, Anvi Ultimate Defrag helps your PC run faster.
 
Anvi Ultimate Defrag: http://www.anvisoft.com/ultimate-defrag.html

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Tips for Being Safe Online

 

To ensure be safe online in the further, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware, toolbar and PUPs.

1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking.

To avoid the harassment of various pop-ups, ads, malicious and/or hijacked websites as well as phishing websites, you have to install a legitimate software for 24-hours protection. Here we recommended you a free blocker Anvi AD Blocker to keep you surf safe online.

Download link http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html.
Because this free version is only vaild for 15 days, if you want to get a long-time online protection, you have to purchase its pro version in this link http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

After install the software according to instructrons, please start it and click “ON” button to keep it running. Then close it to allow it works in the background to give you a real-time protection.

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for detailed instruction, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker

 

Besides, if you decide to block a website forever and allow Anvi AD Blocker to block it automatically for you without a notification, please do this according what the picture shows to achieve it.

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2. Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.

3. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.

4. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.

5. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.