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Z-Zip. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as ZZip | Type: Adware

If you’ve been looking for an app for compressing and decompressing, you may fall into installing Z-Zip by ElementSoft. This application is spread like a browser add-on for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. As stated on the official website, Z-Zip and “Its clear and simple interface makes compression and decompression very effective, and above all, fast.” Besides, it supports various formats, including “7z (.7z), ZIP (.zip), GZIP (.gz), BZIP2 (.bz2) and TAR (.tar), RAR (.rar), CAB (.cab), ISO (.iso), ARJ (.arj), LZH (.lzh), CHM (.chm), Z (.Z), CPIO (.cpio), RPM (.rpm), DEB (.deb), NSIS (.nsis).” However, despite all the positive features that this application is carrying, we do not recommend using it. That is because it is ad-supported and has recently been categorized as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and an ‘adware.’

Why has Z-Zip PUP been attributed to the ‘adware’ category?

There is a handful of reasons why security experts have decided to label this file compressor as an ‘adware.’ One of the most important factors is advertising. Once executed, it can install a plug-in on all most popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) and release the flow of commercial advertisements. Consequently, each website that the user opens displays pop-up, pop-under or banner ads (“Ads by Z-Zip”, “Z-Zip Ads”, “Powered by Z-Zip”). Security experts recommend staying away from them by any means because they may be linked to both reliable and suspicious third-party websites. Unfortunately, but it is not possible to foresee the destination website of Z-Zip redirects.

Another factor due to which this application has been labeled as ‘adware’ is related to privacy issues. This app typically uses cookies and collects personally and non-personally identifiable information about its users. Unfortunately, but certainly not all people are keen on sharing their search terms, URLs visited, data entered in certain websites, clicks, IP address, and similar information. So finally, it is accused of having the influence on computer’s performance. All in all, the recommendation of security vendors would be to launch Reimage and remove Z-Zip virus from the system without hesitation.

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Why has Z-Zip been labeled as a PUP?

There are no doubts that Z-Zip is a PUP (potentially unwanted program). Even though it does have the official website and can be downloaded manually, it is also spreading around with freewares/sharewares. Fortunately, the installation of Z-Zip and other PUPs can be blocked quite easily. To do that, you should stop seeing the ‘Next’ button only when installing free programs. In contrast, it is vital to find an option of Advanced or Custom installation, carefully read the information, and, of course, reject installation of Z-Zip virus and its counterparts.

Z-Zip FAQ:

Question: Why can’t I find Z-Zip uninstaller? How should I remove it?

Answer: Z-Zip is an adware. Adwares, as is well known, can be quite suspicious. Therefore, it might be that you cannot easily detect its uninstaller. First of all, carefully look over Add/Remove Programs list and try to find out if it does not contain a program with a similar name like, for instance, zzzIp, Zzipper, ZZ-ip, and similar. That is because Z-Zip adware can sometimes randomize its name. If you find it, double-click on it and select ‘Uninstall.’ However, if it is not there, our recommendation would be to run a full system scan with a reliable anti-malware and remove Z-Zip virus automatically.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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 Z-Zip, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip and related programs
    Here, look for Z-Zip 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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Uninstall Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip 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'
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Eliminate Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Z-Zip 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, Z-Zip should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip 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 Z-Zip removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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