What is LuckyRelic adware

LuckyRelic is a fairly generic adware infection that targets Macs. It can sometimes be marketed as a useful browser extension that will vastly improve your browsing experience. But in practice, it will disrupt your normal browsing by blasting advertisements at you everywhere you go. In addition, it has browser hijacker features, which means your browser’s settings will be changed without your explicit permission. It is, fortunately, not a serious infection. It will not directly harm your Mac because that’s not adware’s intention. Instead, it will focus on spamming ads. And adware-generated ads can expose you to questionable, even malicious content.

 

LuckyRelic adware

 

LuckyRelic adware is part of a family of adware that has been bothering Mac users for a while. There are hundreds of essentially identical adware out there. They all focus on spamming users with ads of all kinds, including pop-ups and banners. If you find LuckyRelic in your Applications folders, you will also be redirected to questionable websites/content. Do not interact with any ads while adware is installed because you could end up falling for a fake virus alert, a bogus giveaway, or a tech-support scam.

Additionally, the adware will change your browser’s settings. All widely used browsers, such as Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, are susceptible to hijacking. Once it has hijacked a browser, it will proceed to change the default search engine, the homepage, and new tabs. Instead of websites you’re used to using, you will be forced to use questionable ones. This is mainly done to make redirecting you to sponsored content easier. The modifications will be irreversible unless you first remove LuckyRelic adware from your Mac.

It’s also important to mention that LuckyRelic adware tracks your browsing and gathers data. Your IP address, the websites you visit, the searches you do, the content you engage with, and other information will all be recorded. The data may be made available to third parties or sold to them as well. Even if the adware doesn’t collect personal information, its data collection practices are intrusive enough to warrant its removal. When adware just serves to bombard you with adverts, there is no reason to put up with this data collection or any of the other annoying behavior.

How did LuckyRelic adware install on your computer?

The method of installation used by adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) is known as software bundling. The method is widely used by developers of unwanted apps since it enables the installation of programs without users’ explicit consent. Adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially harmful programs can be added as extra offers to freeware and permitted to install alongside automatically. Anti-virus software frequently flags apps that use this controversial installation method as potential threats.

Although the additional offers are optional, they are set to install alongside automatically. If users decide they do not want them, they must manually deselect them. But the offers are hidden, which is an issue because many users do not pay enough attention when installing programs to notice them. But as long as you install freeware correctly, you will be able to prevent these unwanted installations quite easily. If you don’t, your Mac will be filled with useless programs that are difficult to get rid of once fully installed.

When installing free programs, you need to use Advanced (Custom) settings. If you choose to use Default settings, as suggested by the installation window, the additional offers will be hidden and permitted to install alongside the software. However, if you select Advanced options, every additional offer will be made visible. You will also be given the option to deselect all offers. Simply uncheck the boxes of those offers. Even if some offers seem useful at first, it’s not a good idea to let them install. A legitimate program will never use this kind of deceptive installation method. Additionally, unchecking a few boxes is much simpler than removing adware that has already been fully installed.

It’s also worth mentioning that browser hijackers and adware can both be advertised as helpful extensions on various questionable third-party download sites. Researching programs before installing them is advised to prevent unwanted installations. Usually, a quick Google search is enough to determine whether a program is safe to download.

LuckyRelic adware could have also been distributed using fake virus warnings or update notifications. These alerts are frequently displayed when browsing high-risk websites, which is why using an adblocker program is necessary.

LuckyRelic adware removal

You can remove the LuckyRelic adware manually because it isn’t a malicious infection. The process can seem a little tedious but it’s not difficult. You can use the instructions provided below as a guide to help you fully uninstall LuckyRelic adware. Users who want an easier way are recommended to use anti-virus software. The program would do everything for you so it’s the easiest way to remove LuckyRelic adware.

 

LuckyRelic adware detections

Remove LuckyRelic from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
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  2. Find LuckyRelic among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove LuckyRelic related files and folders

  1. Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
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  2. Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
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  3. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  4. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  5. Type ~/Library/Application Support in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
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  6. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added folders and drag them to the Trash.
  7. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  8. Type ~/Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
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  9. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  10. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  11. Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
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  12. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.

Remove LuckyRelic from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
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  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find LuckyRelic and click Uninstall.
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Remove LuckyRelic from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox → Menu (the bars at the top right corner) → Add-ons and themes.
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  2. In the Extensions tab, find LuckyRelic, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
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Remove LuckyRelic from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome → Menu (the three dots at the top right corner) → More Tools → Extensions.
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  2. In Extensions, find LuckyRelic and click Remove.
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