How to remove apps that open pages like lucky-gifts-center.com?

Also Known As: Ads by lucky-gifts-center.com
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove apps that open lucky-gifts-center[.]com from Mac?

What is lucky-gifts-center[.]com?

Lucky-gifts-center[.]com is an address of a website that is designed to display various lottery scams. For example, "Dear [ISP name] user, Congratulations!", "Congratulations Walmart Shopper!" and "Dear Safari User, You Are Today's Lucky Visitor". It loads fake lottery pages that are designed by scammers who seek to extract various personal details. None of the pages loaded by Lucky-gifts-center[.]com can be trusted. Typically, they get opened through other untrustworthy websites, deceptive advertisements or by potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) that are installed on browsers and/or computers. In other words, people do not visit them intentionally.

lucky-gifts-center[.]com scam

Typically, lottery scam websites claim that visitors have won or can win some prize (like mobile phone, gift card, and so on) and encourage them to claim it by providing various personal details. For example, name, surname, address, phone number, email address, credit card details, and so on. In one way or another, they misuse provided details to generate revenue. It is common that people who trust such websites become victims of identity theft, lose money, experience problems with privacy, and so on. It is worth mentioning that scammers behind lottery scams and other deceptive websites use names of well known companies, they disguise their websites as official pages of some legitimate companies. If a browser opens lucky-gifts-center[.]com (or other untrustworthy sites) by itself, then there is a high possibility that it is being forced to do that so by some installed PUA.

In most cases PUAs are designed to gather various information and/or serve intrusive ads as well. They collect details like IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, and other browsing data. Additionally, some of them might be designed to record personal details as well. It is common that their developers sell collected data to third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that some of the involved parties may be cyber criminals. Furthermore, quite often PUAs are designed to display ads like coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. When clicked, those ads either open unreliable websites or execute scripts that download and/or install unwanted apps. To sum up, apps of this type may be the reason behind unwanted downloads, installations, identity theft, problems with browsing safety, privacy, and so on. These are them main reasons why any installed PUA should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by lucky-gifts-center.com
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Lucky-gifts-center.com loads pages claiming that visitors have won some prize.
Detection Names Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 50.63.202.36
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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More examples of similar scams are "Congratulations Dear Amazon Customer", "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" and "$1000 VISA Gift Card". In most cases these pages are designed to trick their visitors into believing that they have won some prize and can claim it by providing various personal details. Either way, all websites of this kind must be ignored. Also, apps that may be responsible for opening them should be uninstalled.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, people download and/or install unwanted apps through intrusive advertisements or together with other programs (their setups). There are ads that, when clicked, cause downloads and installations of PUAs by executing scripts that are designed to cause it. However, more often apps of this type get downloaded and/or installed through download and/or installation setups of other software. To be more precise, when developers include PUAs in various setups, present them as additional offers and hide information about them in "Custom", "Advanced" (and other similar) of those setups. Permissions to download and or install unwanted apps usually are given when the aforementioned settings are being left unchecked and unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download (and install) software from untrustworthy websites, via torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, installers, and so on. The safest way to download programs is by using official websites and direct links. Additionally, we recommend to always check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of any download and/or installation setup and see if they mention any additional downloads and/or installations. Also, we recommend to avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially if they are displayed on shady pages. Typically, those open various untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If a browser opens questionable websites (or displays unwanted ads) by itself, then we recommend to check what extensions, add-ons and plug-ins are installed on it and uninstall all suspicious, unwanted apps as soon as possible. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Lucky-gifts-center[.]com loads "Dear [ISP name] user, Congratulations!" scam (GIF):

lucky-gifts-center.com redirects to Dear [ISP name] user, Congratulations scam

Lucky-gifts-center[.]com loads "Congratulations Walmart Shopper!" scam (GIF):

lucky-gifts-center.com redirects to Congratulations Walmart Shopper scam

Lucky-gifts-center[.]com loads "Dear Safari User, You Are Today's Lucky Visitor" scam (GIF):

lucky-gifts-center.com redirects to Dear Safari User You Are Todays Lucky Visitor scam

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ads by lucky-gifts-center.com related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by lucky-gifts-center.com removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by lucky-gifts-center.com related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by lucky-gifts-center.com related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by lucky-gifts-center.com related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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