I recently clicked on a pop up on a website in error, as it jumped up on the screen as I was about to click on something else in order to view what I was looking for. This resulted in trojan virus that hijacked my browser. The browser was replaced with another called Luckysearches. This caused my PC to falter terribly and slowed it down considerably. I looked this up to find out about Lucksearchesand found it to be malicious malware that hijacks your browser in order for the perpetrators to make money by viewing surfing habits and probably steal personal info and passwords etc.
I ran MS Security Essentials that is part of Windows 7 premium home edition but it found no threats. Therefore I downloaded the AVG free AV edition identified and fixed 244 corrupt registry files as well as over 500 broken shortcut links and it also removed all junk files. My PC is running better but I am unable to remove Luckysearches from the uninstall programs list in the control panel on Windows 7.
I also found videos posted on YouTube showing by IT boffins to see how this could be done but their suggestion did not work and it still remains in the programs list.
I reset Wndows Explorer but had problems doing this too as it had overriden some of the standard functions I needed to reset Windows 7 IE back to default. I therefore dowloaded Windows IE 11 but the problem persists. I had to remove and reinstall Firefox as well as it was also infected. I still had problems when I reinstalled Fiefox as it installed another known malware browser called Globososo but I have changed this to Google and am hoping it will not revert back.
I am still unsure as to whether I am under threat from this malware and amd therefore thinking about backing up my system, wiping the drive back to factory settings and spending endless hours putting everything back on as new and downloading the numerous Windows updates and driver updates.
Any advice is very welcome.
Edited by hamluis, 20 April 2015 - 05:41 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis