ICQ Zap is yet another AOL parasite. However, it belongs to a different kind of AOL infections if compared to Omerstroke. Some of the security vendors describe it as an ICQ flooder. This name refers to the software that is aimed at overloading Internet connection. ICQ Zap infection sends a colossal amount of messages with random UINs to a designated ICQ user. Such operations can have severe consequences on computer’s connection speed and overall performance. On top of that, this intruder can even disconnect the computer from the Internet entirely and initiate an complete system crash.
What is ICQ Zap AOL:
AOL is a type of computer infections that can cause severe damage both to a computer and computer user’s privacy. Although all AOL parasites are targeting the users of AOL instant messenger services, including AIM and ICQ, different infections have different purposes. While some of the AOL parasites are used for tracking and transmitting passwords, an AOL that is also categorized as a Flooder is something different. AOL Flooder seeks to overloads connection this decreasing connection speed and causing severe damage to the computer’s performance. In order to achieve the purpose, ICQ Zap infection typically uses several methods, such as HTTP overload attacks, causing a Denial of Service attacks, Ping of Death attacks, fast pinging and so on.
What precautionary measures can be taken to prevent AOL parasite infection?
Security experts distinguish three methods that are applied for distribution of AOL parasites, including ICQ Zap. These are the following: software bundling, fake Windows errors, Trojan horses. That’s why it may be difficult to prevent AOL infections, especially if your PC’s security is low, and its vulnerabilities can easily be exploited. In order to avoid computer infections, in general, it’s advisable to install a powerful anti-malware and keep it up-to-date.
Besides, avoid visiting fake websites and do not click on questionable Windows error messages.
What are the remedies for ICQ Zap AOL Parasite?
It’s difficult to recognize and detect AOL Parasites in general. ICQ Zap is not an exception. Unlike traditional software, this pest cannot be removed using a built-in uninstaller or some other convenient way of removal. This pest can reinstall them even after the seemingly successful removal. That’s why security experts highly recommend people to remove ICQ Zap AOL parasite and its ‘colleagues’ using a trustworthy anti-spyware, for example, SpyHunter. Only a full system check will grant that all AOL-related files have been detected and removed.