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Remove 4zip ads (Tutorial)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

How does 4zip virus function?

4zip virus is not a malicious computer threat, but it is definitely a program that you do not want to keep on your computer. It presents itself as a very useful and free WinZip alternative. However, you should know that this software is ad-supported, and computer security experts assign it to adware category and also describe it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is designed to track user’s activity online, including browsing history and search queries, and serve ads based on collected data. The majority of 4zip ads provide shopping offers, price comparisons, discount codes, coupons and similar content, but it might also serve advertisements that suggest installing software updates or scanning the computer system with suspicious anti-virus programs. Beware of ads by 4zip – they are misleading, and that is why we recommend you to stay away from them. If you have started to receive these ads, you should remove 4zip adware from your computer with Reimage or another reliable anti-spyware software.

4zip virus delivers pushy ads

Why are these ads untrustworthy and why you should not click on them?

First of all, you should know that 4zip ads can redirect you to suspicious or even high-risk websites. They are not designed to provide real and useful offers because they are meant to drive traffic to particular web pages. Almost all of these ads include misleading hyperlinks, and once the user clicks on the ad, he/she gets redirected to predetermined third-party website that needs to be promoted. Unfortunately, you might end up on dangerous third-party web pages, so to prevent that from happening, do not click on ads that 4zip PUP provides. Moreover, do not click on ads that suggest installing suspicious software updates or rogue anti-virus programs, because software promoted via such pushy pop-up ads is likely to be dangerous.

How did 4zip hijack your computer?

Questions about 4zip ads

If you did not install 4zip virus by yourself, you are probably questioning yourself how and when was this program installed on your computer. Therefore, we would like to inform you that the majority of PUPs are distributed alongside free programs. The developers of potentially unwanted software tend to bundle them with well-known free programs and set up software bundles. Unfortunately, such software package looks like a single program, so in order to avoid installing a set of programs instead of one, you have to monitor the installation of your selected software. Remember that you have to select Advanced or Custom installation mode to see additional components included in your download and opt them out. You should not choose traditional Default or Standard installation option because both of these options include pre-selected agreements to install optional components alongside your preferred program.

If you have discovered this annoying adware on your computer and now you would like to remove it, navigate to page 2 for 4zip removal guide.

How to remove 4zip adware?

4zip virus should be eliminated without any hesitation because it does not function properly. It also slows down the computer system, and you should not allow it to do that. If you are an advanced computer user, you should have no problems uninstalling this adware manually. For that, you can follow 4zip removal instructions provided below. If you are unsure about your computing skills, you can just install an anti-spyware software and uninstall 4zip PUP automatically. Uninstalling this program will stop 4zip ads for good. We also recommend keeping such software on the system for computer protection from spyware and malware threats. It is essential to install a good security software on your computer since cybercriminals actively spread more severe viruses these days.

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To remove 4zip ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall 4zip from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall 4zip and related programs
    Here, look for 4zip or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of 4zip from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 4zip or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate 4zip from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 4zip and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 4zip removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete 4zip ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, 4zip should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase 4zip from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select 4zip and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 4zip removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove 4zip from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select 4zip and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 4zip removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall 4zip from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 4zip or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete 4zip removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Jake Doevan
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  1. Maxim says:
    April 16th, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Installed 4zip thinking that itss 7zip, my mistake. However, I have already uninstalled it, thanks to you:)

  2. Robert1992 says:
    April 16th, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I am not good at computing but I managed to stop these ads by myself 🙂 its easy, just try to follow the instructions provided here:)

  3. Meez says:
    April 20th, 2016 at 8:02 am

    finnally a good removal guide. thank ya.

  4. blaire says:
    April 20th, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Just installed SpyHunter and it immediately detected this virus. Looks like a really effective program.

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