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Remove Ozip virus (Removal Instructions)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

What should you know about the Ozip virus?

Recently the users started reporting on the new Ozip virus activity. However, Ozip is just another, abbreviated title of the already known browser hijacker. If you suddenly notice the mentioned program as your homepage and a default search engine, it is almost certain that you have become a victim of Ozip hijack. This stealthy system invasion usually occurs as a result of a deceptive marketing technique, called “bundling,” which we later discuss in this article in more detail. But before, let us discuss why this program infiltrates the computer and what impact its presence has on your system. Of course, if you are in a rush to delete this program, you can simply skip to the end of this article, where you will find manual Ozip removal instructions, or you can download a reputable antivirus system like Reimage, and let it take care of the virus for you.

A screenshot of the Ozip browser hijacker's website

Questions about Ozip virus

People often wonder what is the purpose of hijacking the browser. Well, we are here to tell you that it is an easy and effective way for the virus creators to earn a profit. The working principle of Ozip program is simple. It overtakes the user’s browser so it can later inject sponsored ads and links by modifying the search results. Once the virus alters the browser settings, the infected computer’s users are forcibly redirected to and cannot escape the multiple commercial links and advertisements this hijacker displays. You should remember not to click on these ads because they are not always straightforward about what sites they are actually linked to. It is not uncommon to come across the users complains that the ads generated by Ozip redirect to questionable sites and often the users end up with additional potentially unwanted programs on their computers. What is more, to ensure the ads look inviting and gather clicks, browser hijackers tend to collect the non-personal data such as most visited websites, viewed pages or search queries and generate ads accordingly. We do not think such shady marketing techniques should be tolerated and recommend you to remove Ozip from your computer as soon as you notice signs of its presence on your PC.

The methods of virus distribution:

When talking about the Ozip virus distribution it is necessary to keep in mind that is it a browser hijacker, so it should spread in ways typical of these programs. Usually, browser hijackers are distributed in software packages, bundled together with other popular programs. For this reason, this distribution strategy is referred to as “bundling”. The main flaw of this method is that the programs in the software bundle are in most cases not adequately disclosed. It is, of course, very convenient for the malware creators as they can sneak their malicious programs into the computers undetected. To protect your system from such stealthy hijacks, it is advisable to opt for the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation settings and manually cancel all the unnecessary or suspicious programs from installing. Needless to say, you should also obtain a reputable antivirus tool for some extra protection.

Ozip virus removal recommendations:

As already mentioned before, you can remove Ozip virus with professional antivirus tools. It is important to note that this software always has to be updated to its latest version. Otherwise, your antivirus tool will not be able to detect and remove the newest versions of viruses and other malware. Also, the antivirus software may not be able to give you a full, real-time protection while browsing online if its virus database is not up-to-date.
We should also point out that Ozip removal can be carried out manually as well. Even though the chances of the elimination errors with this process are higher, an experienced user should be able to delete the virus from the infected device successfully. Just follow the instructions provided below this article.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Ozip virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Ozip 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 Ozip and related programs
    Here, look for Ozip 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'
  5. Remove Ozip from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Delete Ozip 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 Ozip 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'

Erase Ozip 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 Ozip 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 Ozip removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Ozip virus 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, Ozip should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Ozip 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 Ozip 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Ozip removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Ozip 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 Ozip 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Ozip removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Ozip 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 Ozip or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Ozip, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Ozip removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. AbonyKendall says:
    April 27th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Success!! I managed to remove it manually 🙂 No antivirus is even needed for this one 🙂

  2. Lukas67 says:
    April 27th, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I could not disagree more. Have you got any idea how many ADDITIONAL programs browser hijackers may install on your computer?? For your information, these are called “helper objects”. Check your computer tomorrow and you will see this Ozip site back on your browser again

  3. Lukas67 says:
    April 27th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    P.s.: scan your PC with antivirus or something…. I, personally, use SpyHunter

  4. AbonyKendall says:
    April 27th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    thanks for the advice….

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