A new harmful adware variant has been reported to be heavily displaying advertisements on user PCs, called Lamzap. This type of malware has been reported to create multiple files and registry entries in the Windows Registry Editor after which it may heavily display advertisements on the compromised computers. The trojan’s default behavior has also been regarded by security researchers to be from the information stealing type, and this is why you should be warned that if you see “Ads by Lamzap” or any similar forms of advertisements, your information may have been already compromised.
|Type||Suspicous Executable/ Adware/ Infostealer|
|Short Description||The file detected may do various dangerous or unhealthy to the PC activities and may display advertisements leading to third-party websites.|
|Symptoms||If malware, the user may witness slow PC, overused CPU and RAM and even system crashes.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious URLs, unwanted downloads and other.|
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Lamzap.exe – Distribution
Since this malicious executable has been reported to be detected as a different virus every time, it may replicate in several malicious methods as well:
- Sent via Skype spam.
- Distributed via other forms of online spam, like social media or e-mail spam.
- Slip onto your computer by being downloaded from shady websites.
- Be included in the installer of suspicious software.
- Downloaded as a result of having a Trojan.Downloader or a Rootkit on your computer.
Whatever the case may be, security experts strongly advise to regularly maintain your computer and frequently check for any outgoing connections or symptoms of having such harmful executables on your computer.
Lamzap.exe – More Information
As soon as this virus has been dropped on your computer, it may create the following file:
The “lamzap.exe” is very well obfuscated as well. It exists in two versions – one which small “l” and one with “L” at the beginning of its name. This is why virus total displays two totally different detection results of this cyber-threat:
From what it appears up until this current moment, the Lamzap.exe virus may exist in different variants. Researchers believe it to be primarily associated with the following toolbars and malware:
Since most of the detections displayed Linkury on them, researchers believe that if your computer contains advertisements on which the name of Lamzap Is present, you may also see Linkury associated web pages. What surprised us in this particular case was that Razy’s name often appears on the detection, suggesting that Lamzap.exe may be associated with the Razy Ransomware virus.
Lamzap is also widely believed by malware researchers to obtain different information from the user and the computer of the user. Such information may be account credentials, keystrokes, online browsing history and online searches. Since this virus is primarily focused on displaying advertisements, it may use such information to display ads to you related to what you seek online. The adverts may exist in different forms:
- Pop-up ads.
- Ad-supported search results instead of the original ones.
- Browser Redirects.
Such advertisements may not be dangerous to your computer, but since potentially harmful software like Lamzap.exe may display a wide range of advertisements leading to third-party websites, the virus may cause a malicious redirect which may infect your computer with malware.
Remove Lamzap.exe and Its Objects and Files
To fully erase this ad-supported computer virus, it is strongly advisable to refer to the removal instructions below. Lamzap.exe has also been reported to cause numerous issues to the user PC like slowness and intrusive pop-ups. This is why malware experts suggest to automatically delete it by using an advanced anti-malware program which will surely take care of Lamzap.exe and the other objects and viruses that may exist on your computer and could be related to this virus.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Lamzap.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Lamzap.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Lamzap.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Lamzap.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Lamzap.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Lamzap.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Lamzap.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Lamzap.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Lamzap.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Lamzap.exe and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Lamzap.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Lamzap.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Lamzap.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Lamzap.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Lamzap.exe via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Lamzap.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Lamzap.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Lamzap.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Lamzap.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Lamzap.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Lamzap.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.