How to remove Lucky Leap (Virus Removal Guide)

Lucky Leap

Lucky Leap (LuckyLeap) is detected as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) in the adware category of computer threats. This adware causes many complications for users and has been reported to attach to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as browser add-ons and extensions without direct user consent. In turn, potential Lucky Leap malware and associated programs will display targeted advertisements across multiple internet browsers.

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Ads by Lucky Leap appear in many forms, such as pop-up advertisements, pop-under advertisements, banners, coupons, in-text advertisements, and more. They may also illegally appear on a variety of websites without owner consent. Once a program that is used to display these unwanted advertisements is installed it may begin to change Microsoft Windows start-up settings and internet browser settings. Furthermore unwanted applications used to promote Lucky Leap may intrude user privacy and ruin a computer’s functionality and internet browsing experience (browser redirections, homepage alteration).

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The Lucky Leap extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.
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  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Read and change your browsing history.
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Manage your downloads.

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Potential Lucky Leap malware and third-party items have been reported to collect and distribute user information to third-parties. Some users have reported an increase in email spam received, junk mail, and even telephone calls from telemarketers and scam artists.

How does Lucky Leap get onto a computer?

Lucky Leap adware is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more.

Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install Lucky Leap adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

In some cases, Lucky Leap and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.

How to remove Lucky Leap (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Lucky Leap add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall Lucky Leap

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

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3. Search for Lucky Leap and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

Step 3: Remove Lucky Leap malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Lucky Leap malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.