LolliScan removal instructions
What is LolliScan?
LolliScan is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, most infections are caused by careless download and installation of free software from freeware download websites. After successful infiltration, LolliScan generates intrusive online advertisements such as banner, pop-up, in-text, and other similar ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Additionally, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since LolliScan collects various software and hardware information including browser type and data (cookies, URLs visited, pages viewed, and search queries), IP addresses, operating system, language, time zone, geographic location, and other details that may be personally identifiable. This information tracking may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are many applications similar to LolliScan. For example: FlashBeat, Shop and Save Up, and S5Mark. None of these (including LolliScan) provide any significant value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and sharing collected data with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall LolliScan from your system.
Research shows that most adware is distributed using small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com. Download managers are employed to monetize these websites' traffic and free services by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen free software. Although it is stated that these applications are '100% legitimate and virus-free', reckless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. To avoid installation of LolliScan, or other similar adware, be attentive during the free software download process and click 'Decline' when installation of any additional programs if offered. Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed LolliScan, follow this guide to eliminate the software and related adware from your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in LolliScan adware distribution:
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- What is LolliScan?
- STEP 1. Uninstall LolliScan application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove LolliScan adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove LolliScan ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by LolliScan' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove LolliScan ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
LolliScan adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "LolliScan", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes LolliScan ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove LolliScan adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, LolliScan did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lolli scan adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lolli scan adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with lolli scan adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lolli scan adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove lolli scan adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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