This article provides a step-by-step guide that shows how to remove the My.looksmart.me from your browser and PC.
My.looksmart.me is a website of unknown origin that is able to hijack commonly used web browsers. It may occur after an unintended installation of a potentially unwanted program on your system or browser. The functionalities of such nasty programs allow them to change essential browser settings and set the domain My.looksmart.me as browser homepage and new tab page. In addition, the hoax search engine provided by My.looksmart.me can be set as a default one. Once your browser gets hijacked, you may notice lots of advertisements that slow down the performance of affected web browser.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||You are redirected to the suspicious website My.looksmart.me during browsing sessions.|
|Symptoms||Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions. My.looksmart.me pushes various offers on its main page.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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My.looksmart.me – Spread
Several ways of distribution may be utilized by the owners of My.looksmart.me redirect. The annoying hijacker may be incorporated into the installers of various free apps available across the net. As the information of additional components is usually hidden, you can unnoticeably install them along with the desired program. That’s why we advise you to choose the Advanced or Custom configuration options where you can check whether some undesired programs are set to install or not. If you find some, you can quickly deselect them before you proceed with the installation of the desired application.
An unintended installation of dubious browser extension is another commonly used way of distribution for hijackers like My.looksmart.me. They can compromise commonly used web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Once enabled they replace the homepage and default search engine with My.looksmart.me.
My.looksmart.me – Activity and Purpose
My.looksmart.me is a suspicious website associated with undesired programs that sneak into computer systems. After infection, you can notice some configuration of your browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. As they can be all set to display My.looksmart.me you are likely to see the main page of the site each time you open the affected browser:
Among the not so obvious My.looksmart.me’s activities are data collection and installation of additional suspicious software. Thus, the redirect may install various browser extensions and adware programs on your device. Furthermore, its access to your browser allows it to track your online activities and keeps a record of your search queries, visited websites, downloaded files and logins.
In addition, My.looksmart.me website is a type of infection that aims to display many advertisements and cause redirects to dubious websites. The advertisements (pop-ups, pop-unders, ad-supported search results, banners, highlighted text ads, etc.) may flood your browser and as a result, make it slower than usual. What’s more, they can land you on malicious websites that may infect your computer with severe malware infections.
In case that you care about your online privacy, it is strongly advisable to remove My.looksmart.me redirect from the affected browser and check the system for files associated with the infection. Better do it immediately as the risk of some malicious intenders obtaining sensitive details of yours and misusing them is real.
How to Remove My.looksmart.me Redirect
Follow the removal instructions below in case that you get redirected to My.looksmart.me during browsing sessions. It is strongly advised to remove the redirect immediately from the affected browser and system. Have in mind that since it may be pushed by a suspicious software installed on the PC, it is good to run a scan with advanced malware removal tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove My.looksmart.me from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of My.looksmart.me from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove My.looksmart.me from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase My.looksmart.me from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall My.looksmart.me from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove My.looksmart.me from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate My.looksmart.me from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove My.looksmart.me from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove My.looksmart.me
Step 2: Uninstall My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of My.looksmart.me from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me 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 My.looksmart.me will be removed.
Eliminate My.looksmart.me 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.