THREAT REMOVAL

Fully Remove Ludashi 5.0 Program in Windows

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Users have complained about various online security forums that they have experienced issues with the software called Ludashi. The Chinese program has been reported numerous times to display significantly annoying pop-ups to users. It also has bundled software and most importantly users report that it denies access to delete it.

Threat Summary

Name

Ludashi

TypeAdware
Short DescriptionThe software is fake system optimizer that affectes computer systems by being bundled with other third-party programs. It has other programs bundled in it and runs automatically.
SymptomsDisplays pop-ups in the middle of the screen. Floods browsing sessions with annoying advertisements.
Distribution MethodOfficial website, Software bundles; or Corrupted websites.
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware.

Ludashi Adware – Spread Techniques

The most obvious channel used for the distribution of this nasty software is its official website ludashi(dot)com:

ludashi.com official website of ludashi adware program

However, we do not forget the possibility that it may come along other free third-party apps as part of their installers. Such programs are usually promoted on:

  • Torrent sites
  • Online stores
  • Forums
  • Social media channels

Bundling applications have recently become a very popular marketing tool that is very aggressive and may slither third-party applications, such as Ludashi that you did not even know about. Bundled software is usually included in third-party applications’ setups. Here is an example picture of how you may have missed Ludashi 5.0 while installing free software:

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Following the unwanted configuration of its files on the system the adware could affect not only your screen but all of the installed web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari)

Ludashi Adware – Infection In Detail

Once installed on your computer the software immediately applies some changes that could affect system and browser settings. All fresh changes enable Ludashi adware to display several pop-ups leading to its website ludashi(.)com as well as placing icons and running third-party applications. Here is how a screen of an affected PC looks like after installing this software:

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Furthermore, Ludashi and its bundled application called Funshion ran several processes in Windows Task Manager, some of which were even active while the software appeared not to be, which is rather intrusive.

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In addition, this nasty app is reported to access Registry Editor and add some suspicious values under the keys stored there. This could be explained by the fact that the functionalities of affected keys enable the adware to start its associated files on each system start.

Experts believe that this software may systematically collect information from the computer it is installed on via tracking technologies, for example:

  • LSOs(Local Shared Objects) or Flash Cookies.
  • Session Cookies.
  • Tracking Cookies.
  • Pixels.
  • Beacons.
  • Tags.

Not only this, but the application also has some kind of bundled program for online multimedia entertainment:

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Besides all of those, Ludashi pops up intrusively on your screen displaying various news. The pop-up can be removed fairly easily but is extremely annoying.

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Besides all of those “features” of the program, we have to note that the software cannot be uninstalled. And what is worse it does not even display any notification. The uninstaller simply closes after you click on the uninstall button.

Similar behavior is characteristic of rogue software and programs such as the Chinese messenger Tencent QQ.

Remove Ludashi Adware Successfully

There are many programs as Ludashi out there that are set to prevent the uninstall process from happening. And what is worse is that users pay a lot of money to experts for their removal. Besides this, this application may lead the user to third-party websites that may either be scamming sites or they may infect the computer visiting them with malware. This is why we have designed the below-mentioned removal steps to help you deal with this program easily and swiftly and forget about it, in case you did not wish it in the first place.

Manually Delete Ludashi from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove Ludashi in Windows

Remove Ludashi files

Since the conventional uninstall may not work for this software, you need to take a more tech savvy approach:

Step 1: Navigate to its folder in %Program Files% or %Program Files(x86)%:

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Step 2: Mark it with your mouse and press Shift + Delete after which confirm with Yes To All.

Step 3: If some files cannot be deleted, the following pop-up will appear. In it opt in the “Do this for all items” option after which continue.

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At this point you have removed all the files that are not protected by the elevated permission of Ludashi. To remove the remaining files, you need to download file-deletion software. We advise using Delete Doctor because it is free.

Step 1: Download and Install Delete Doctor:

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Step 2: Browse for and choose the remaining files that cannot be deleted by clicking on the Browse button:

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Step 3: Choose between the different file deletion methods, the program offers. We advise choosing from the methods highlighted in yellow below. First attempt via DOS short name and if it does not work, choose to delete the file on System Restart. Do the same with the other files and you shall delete it:

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After the successfull file deletion it is time to clean the registry editor that may have modified values and keys that prevented this program from Uninstalling in the first place. To do this, visit the instructive article on Fixing up Your Windows Registry Errors Caused by Malware.

In case you do not have the time or simply wish to automatically perform the same actions, try installing a program, called Perfect Uninstaller.

2.Remove Ludashi from Your Browser

Remove Ludashi from Your Browser.

After removing this program from your computer, it is time to clean your browser by resetting your web browser and deleting browser extensions and plugins from it.

Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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Select Ludashi and click “Remove

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After Ludashi is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Ludashi and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Ludashi is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Ludashi to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Ludashi has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Ludashi
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Ludashi. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Ludashi will be removed.

    Automatically Remove Ludashi by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Ludashi with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    Remove Ludashi with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    Since some files may be left-over after manual removal it is advisable to user anti-malware software:

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Ludashi.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Ludashi.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Ludashi files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Ludashi in the future

    Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Ludashi.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Ludashi.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Ludashi is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Ludashi should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Ludashi Using Other Alternative Tools

    STOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Ludashi.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Ludashi associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

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    Ventsislav Krastev

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    2 Comments

    1. Avatarulysis

      Just locate to Program Files and find the folder named LuDaShi, there is an uninstaller for the program.

      Reply
      1. AvatarVencislav Krustev

        No my friend, I am affraid that this nasty virus also attacks the registry entries heavily. As you see above, I have personally tested it on a Virtual Drive and besides manually removing every object including the many modified registry entries on the affected computer. So yeah, uninstalling, removing, the damn thing reappears, i have already tested it and tried that and I GUARANTEE simple shift+del wont cut it for ya. You need to either scan this thing with something that can locate everything or perform the following steps:

        1. Use deletion software like Delete Doctor to manually remove all of the files.
        2. Use a Registry cleaning script like the one in the link below to fix your registry entries, after you have manually found and deleted alll the registry entries, ofcourse.

        http://sensorstechforum.com/fix-windows-registry-errors-caused-by-malware/

        There are several ways to find registry entires, the main of which is to scan your computer with an anti-malware tool and get a log which has all of them and look for them manually. There are also other ways like analyzing what each component of the installer does or looking for the registries online if someone else has analyzed them, like Symantec researchers, for example, but it is time costly.

        Reply

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