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Remove WinZip Malware Protector (Virus Removal Instructions) - updated Dec 2019

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: System tools

WinZip Malware Protector – a suspicious protection tool designed for Windows machines

WinZip Malware Protector app
WinZip Malware Protector is a bogus app that throws fake malware scan results to convince users to purchase the advanced version of the tool

WinZip Malware Protector is considered to be questionable system software[1] that misleads users by providing fake system scan results. It is initially distributed as a program protecting your PC against malware but is usually regarded by the users as a “WinZip Malware Protector virus”. This certain application is compatible with Windows operating systems and is said to monitor their stability and security. In reality, the functionality of this program is very questionable.

Questions about WinZip Malware Protector

Security experts have already investigated another program of the same WinZip Computing branch, the WinZip Driver Updater, which showed similar results. Neither of these programs seems to provide the user with the service they are promoted for. In fact, it has been observed that these system scanners usually are spread through a deceptive marketing method called “bundling” which already raises some doubts about their legitimacy. 

Name WinZip Malware Protector
Type Rogue system tool/potentially unwanted program
Relations This suspicious software is very similar to another questionable tool known as WinZip Driver Updater that holds the same functionality principle
Goal The main purpose of this program is to provide users with fake scan results that show numerous viruses and issues detected. Afterward, the person is offered to purchase a licensed version of the tool
Spreading Even though this tool is advertised on its official website, users are less likely to receive it from there because of the negative reputation it holds. Mostly, such suspicious security tools come from third-party downloading sources such as cnet.com and when the installation mode is set to Quick
Removal You can eliminate the potentially unwanted program with the help of automatical software or you can use step-by-step guidelines to take care of the removal by yourself (for manual instructions, check the end of this article)
Fix If you have found some corrupted entries, files, or other components on your machine, you can try fixing them with system repair software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner

Continuously, WinZip Malware Protector modifies the Windows registration point to be able to start automatically when you boot your computer. You might also find your Task Manager,[2] Registry and other locations filled with entries and files that are related to this suspicious tool. What is more, the program is scheduled to launch system scans at regular, predetermined times.

The checkup results that come provided by WinZip Malware Protector are false. The program gathers outdated files, entries, cache and presents these objects as big errors and cyber threats. As a result, the rogue system tool offers users to download the advanced version of the app that should “fix” all of the issues. However, even if the users pay for the full version of this questionable malware-fighting utility it rarely detects or eliminates any malware.

WinZip Malware Protector virus
WinZip Malware Protector virus is a term used to describe this questionable tool as it mostly comes bundled with other software

In fact, there have been reports that after a month, the user’s registration key is suddenly rejected, and they are asked to contact the customer support to fix this issue. In most cases this support is non-responsive, or the user is asked to pay an additional fee for the remote technician to look into the problem. It is advisable to take care of the WinZip Malware Protector removal to avoid additional expenses and replace it with another reliable app.

You should also remove WinZip Malware Protector from your computer system because the tool might truly never leave you alone. It might start dropping alerts that your machine needs a malware scan or that there are some threats discovered that need fixing. Prevent such content from appearing by getting rid of the tool permanently. Also, if you have found some compromised objects on your PC, you can try repairing them with software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

You can find WinZip Malware Protector promoted on winzipsystemtools.com. The developers offer to buy their product for €48.34 per year or €4.02 per month. The rogue tool is advertised as capable of performing regular malware scans, eliminating the most advanced virtual parasites, providing protection from identity theft, updating itself regularly to protect the computer from the most recent malware released.

As you can see, the description of WinZip Malware Protector seems to be nicely-written. However, this is only a trick to convince the users to download this particular software. You should put no trust in this type of program as it will not bring you any true value. Besides, if you want to check the true position of your computer security, you should get another reliable tool, scan the system, and measure the received results with the ones that have been provided by WinZip Malware Protector. You should not see any similar threats or issues found.

WinZip Malware Protector

PUP developers spread there apps silently

There are many rogue system tools that include their own distribution sources. However, people are not very likely to get the software from such sources because of the numerous negative reviews such programs receive online. As the users who do a little research before purchasing software would not download bogus tools on their computers, the program creators have to find some other way to sneak it into the user’s computers.

This can be easily achieved through the mentioned “bundling”[3] technique, which allows distributing several programs in singular software packages. PUPs can come into your computer along with PDF creators, readers, music/video players, and similar popular programs. This is very likely to happen if you install software from websites such as cnet.com.

According to NoVirus[4] experts, to avoid such undesirable installations, you should pay more attention to the software installation process. Always use an “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes and investigate every step carefully. In case you notice suspicious additional programs, terminate their installation by deselecting these programs.

Once you have taken manual actions towards your security, there is another thing you should do. Download and install reliable security software on your computer system that includes a lot of protective features and provides long-term security. Also, make sure that the tool is kept updated regularly.

The automatical/manual removal process of WinZip Malware Protector 

There is no need for keeping WinZip Malware Protector on your Windows computer system as this software will not provide you with many benefits. Regarding this fact, our recommendation would be to get rid of the rogue software and replace it with a reliable computer tool.

There are two ways how you can remove WinZip Malware Protector. First, you should measure your skills and experience level in the threat elimination field. If you consider yourself to be an advanced user, you can go for the manual elimination steps that have been added to the end of this article.

However, if you do not trust your skills or just have been running into a lack of time, manual WinZip Malware Protector removal might not be for you. What you should try is the automatical elimination technique that requires only downloading and launching a specific malware removal tool.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage Cleaner, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove WinZip Malware Protector, follow these steps:

Get rid of WinZip Malware Protector from Windows systems

To eliminate the suspicious program and all its added objects from your Windows computer system, you should apply the following guiding steps:

  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 WinZip Malware Protector and related programs
    Here, look for WinZip Malware Protector 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'

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  1. PAtrick says:
    April 21st, 2016 at 9:13 am

    WHAT A USELESS program!! DO NOT buy it !!

  2. Rachel1855 says:
    April 21st, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I payed like 30 dollars for this load of crap…. It does NOT detect ANYTHING. I removed it instantly. Thanks to SpyHunter btw

  3. WendorTrial says:
    April 21st, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Ive read some concerning reviews about this program. It does way more than simply inject ads into your browser

  4. slightlyInfected says:
    April 21st, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Looks like a scareware to me. Good thing I removed it before it damaged my pc

  5. Peter Atkin says:
    September 8th, 2016 at 3:24 am

    I got the email, and like one of the above comments looked like scareware, I do not believe this is done by winzip if you looks at the links they point to email-winzip.com, winzip have never marketed this way before its unlikely this is anything to do with them.

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