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Zip Cruncher. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Zip Cruncher is a file compressor and a potentially unwanted program that gets into systems together with freeware or shareware

Zip Cruncher app
Zip Cruncher is promoted as file extractor that makes your life easier but this is the intrusive tool that delivers unwanted content.
 

Zip Cruncher is the allegedly helpful application developed by Meme Ltd. and serves as a file extractor and compressor. Publishers offer the program on their official website and Chrome web store, but it mostly ends up in users' PCs with the help of software bundling – a deceptive marketing campaign. Therefore, users mostly do not notice the infiltration of zipCruncher. However, the presence of the PUP can be noticed straight away, as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or other browser starts displaying intrusive advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners, in-text links, sponsored links, and similar. The advertisement is annoying and unnecessary, and it can also bring users to malicious websites. Finally, the app, which spreads as a web browser extension, does not even functions properly, as its Browser Files feature does not allow to upload anything. Thus, Zip Cruncher will not only spam you with unwanted ads as most adware-type programs do, but will also not bring any use whatsoever. If you want to zip or unzip files, you should trust reputable software like 7-Zip or WinRar.

Name Zip Cruncher
Type Adware
Developer Meme Ltd.
Category Potentially unwanted program
Related Go.zipcruncher.com
Symptoms Delivers pop-up ads, causes redirects
Distribution Freeware installations, deceptive websites
Elimination Clean the system using Reimage and remove Zip Cruncher 

According to reports, Zip Cruncher can be added as an extension to web browsers, and redirect to baseapp.zipcruncher.com/#!/. This is where users are meant to upload files to compress them, although this feature simply does not work. Additionally,  ZipCruncher PUP possesses browser hijacking capabilities, as it redirects users to Go.zipcruncher.com each time they want to browse the web. The search results are then displayed by Yahoo – a legitimate search engine, although due to rerouting practices, the sponsored links litter search results.

Since Zip Cruncher virus is a potentially unwanted program, it is responsible for the frustration that people tend to complain about the most. Users get annoyed by constant redirects and suspicious pages appearing out of nowhere. Also, commercial content in the form of banners, pop-up ads injected to commonly visited sites keeps them from finding relative information quickly.

Zip Cruncher software uses a pay-per-click scheme[1] which provides profits for Meme Ltd., which explains the intrusive ad behavior. Unfortunately, users do not get any benefit from this useless program, making Zip Cruncher removal a necessary task.

Unfortunately, it is not enough to uninstall Zip Cruncher and call it a day. You need to remove all related programs or even files to get rid of this intruder completely. Researchers[2] note that professional help is required when you are dealing with this type of infections because PUPs can install additional content without your permission.

People often think that Zip Cruncher is safe, but this is not the case. Even though it may sound like a useful tool that compresses your files in one click this program displays tons of advertisements no matter if you want to see them or not.

While searching for genuine Zip Cruncher reviews, we discovered a few facts about this PUP.[3] One of the most common complaints is the difficulty to uninstall the program manually. Also, when commercial content gets to your screen, you can see these indications on every advertisement:

  • Powered by Zip Cruncher,
  • Advertisements by Zip Cruncher,
  • Brought to you by Zip Cruncher,
  • Ads by Zip Cruncher;
  • Ads powered by Zip Cruncher.

If you wonder how to remove Zip Cruncher, we can give one recommendation – a reputable antivirus program. This is the best method to eliminate similar unwanted programs that can modify browser settings and cannot be easily uninstalled.

We also recommend using Reimage after the virus elimination because this repair tool can fix up your machine after the infection of a potentially unwanted program like Zip Cruncher.

Deceptive tools and free programs come from software bundles

Software bundling[4] is technique mostly used to distribute potentially unwanted programs like browser hijackers, adware and rogue tools. The software programs with semi-useful features often can be downloaded from the official websites or deceptive pages but also come packed with freeware.

Software providers and PUP developers bundle their products together so it can be distributed all over the internet. Users tend to skip through important installation steps, and this way potentially unwanted programs get distributed. If you want to avoid these infiltrations, make sure to choose Advanced or Custom options when installing applications or updates.

Only this way you can see and de-select unwanted content from the download list or directly on the installation wizard. Getting your programs from the internet is always risky unless you choose the official provider of the software as the primary source. 

Zip Cruncher hijacks browser
According to research, Zip Cruncher hijacks the web browser, forcing users to search via the customized search engine which brings sponsored links.

Eliminate Zip Cruncher and all the other potentially unwanted programs

When it comes to Zip Cruncher virus or any similar program that falls into the potentially unwanted program category, the main solution is a thorough system clean during which you can delete all potential threats, unwanted programs, corrupted files, and applications.

When scanning the system with antivirus tools, you can remove Zip Cruncher, improve the overall performance of your computer and make sure that there are no cyber threats on the system. Occasional system scan helps you avoid similar infections in the future.

When choosing the anti-malware tool for Zip Cruncher removal make sure to opt for the reliable and trustworthy program. You can use programs that we suggest or employ anti-malware of your choice.

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 Zip Cruncher, follow these steps:

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Delete Zip Cruncher from Windows systems

Get rid of Zip Cruncher app from your device immediately:

  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 Zip Cruncher and related programs
    Here, look for Zip Cruncher 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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Remove Zip Cruncher 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 Zip Cruncher 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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Erase Zip Cruncher 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 Zip Cruncher 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 Zip Cruncher 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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Eliminate Zip Cruncher 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, Zip Cruncher should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall Zip Cruncher from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You need to remove Zip Cruncher itself and all related files to make sure that PC is not affected further. That includes your browsers too:

  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 Zip Cruncher 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 Zip Cruncher removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Zip Cruncher from Google Chrome

Make sure to check the browser for unwanted content or suspicious changes:

  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 Zip Cruncher 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 Zip Cruncher removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Zip Cruncher 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 Zip Cruncher 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 Zip Cruncher removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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