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Remove PepperZip (Updated Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Can I call PepperZip malware?

No, you shouldn’t think that PepperZip 2.0 is a malicious program. This application is considered a potentially unwanted program and an adware because the main thing that it can cause on your computer is commercial ads and links in your search results. You may also notice redirects to unfamiliar websites after you download PepperZip to your PC system. However, there is one thing that you may not know. The Privacy Policy of this program notifies that it is capable of collecting your non-personally identifiable information. Typically, it’s your search terms, mostly visited websites, information that you add when visiting them, your PC’s IP address, its location and similar data. Having in mind that fact that the developers of PepperZip virus can share this data with related parties, you should not reveal this information.

You may be convinced that each of ads that are generated by this program is useful. That’s because they are filled with price comparisons, information about discounts, promotions, and similar deals. Also, some of PepperZip ads may be set to inform you about missing updates. If these notifications are known to you, you have to make sure that you ignore them because they are used for spreading other adware on the Internet. Usually, this kind of ads offers updates for Java, Flash Player, FLV Player and similar programs. If you want to get rid of them for good, you need to remove this program from your computer and look for another app for compressing your files. The easiest way to remove Pepper Zip is to run a full system scan with Reimage.

The main page of PepperZip adware

How does this program spread around?

Questions about PepperZip

Pepper Zip software has been distributed via free software. Beware that this suspicious application may appear on each of your web browsers right after installing a free software, which was bundled with this app. Although the installation process of the freeware usually notes about free attachments that you can add to your PC system, these notes are hidden, especially if you select Quick or Basic installation option. That’s why there are hundreds of browser extensions, add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars and other suspicious applications that appear on computers without people’s knowledge. Therefore, if you do not want to discover PepperZip hijack on your PC’s system, you have to take some extra time and check the entire installation process of every freeware. We recommend reading End-user’s license agreement and then choosing Custom or Advanced installation option because it allows people to decline installation of additional applications. Beware that adware distributors are clever and may find other ways for spreading their unwanted programs. Therefore, we always recommend installing a reliable anti-spyware program, which would prevent installation of Pepper Zip and other unwanted programs.

PepperZip removal:

No matter which version of this program, PepperZip 1.0 or PepperZip 2.0, is installed on your computer, we have to warn you that it may cause annoying activities on it. For example, it may start showing you continuous pop-up ads, slow each of your web browsers, initiate redirects while you are surfing the web, etc.

To prevent this from happening, you should consider PepperZip removal. Beware that this program may try to prevent its elimination by hiding related components on your computer or using other techniques. That’s why we believe that you should rely on automatic removal option of such applications. To remove Pepperzip with each of its files, you should install one of these anti-spyware programs that are given below. After running a full system scan, make sure that you remove each of detected files. Of course, you can also uninstall PepperZip from your computer manually. However, this procedure requires specific knowledge about computers and their structure. Keep in mind this fact before following our detailed removal guide.

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 PepperZip, follow these steps:

Erase PepperZip 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 PepperZip and related programs
    Here, look for PepperZip 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'

Uninstall PepperZip 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 PepperZip 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'

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

Eliminate PepperZip 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, PepperZip should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete PepperZip 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 PepperZip 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 PepperZip removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of PepperZip 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 PepperZip 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 PepperZip removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase PepperZip 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 PepperZip 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 PepperZip removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. MichaelMichael says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 7:59 am


  2. Macneil says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I know that PepperZip is not a virus but it should be called like that! Its a disgusting app and I dont recommend installing it!

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