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More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy. is an application of the browser hijacker type that can hijack your web browser and change its homepage or its main search engine. can also use pop-up ads, banners, and notifications to spam the browser’s screen and redirect user searches to specific sites.

The Virus will display pop up ads and messages

Safari, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox are some of the web browsers most commonly affected by the activity of Once the browser hijacker becomes part of the system, it starts imposing its own settings on the browser. For example, among the first symptoms of the presence of is the change in the homepage of your browser and of its default search engine. They may get replaced with some new tools, which may constantly trigger unauthorized page redirects to different web locations. Other typical symptoms may involve the unstoppable generation of banners, pop-up notifications and colorful advertisements on literally every website you visit. If you’ve already been struggling with this activity and have failed to remove or uninstall the imposed changes, in this article, you will find a removal guide with comprehensive instructions on how to locate and uninstall all components. If you follow the steps correctly, you can enjoy ad-free browsing again.

The Code-zp1 Virus

When people encounter programs like the Code-zp1 virus, they may at first think that some virus or malicious program has attacked them. This is a common confusion related to software of this type but, fortunately, you don’t have to worry about any direct harm to your system because this is not the purpose of the browser hijackers. In general, most browser hijackers are online marketing programs that integrate with your browsing program in order to display online commercials, trigger page redirects to supported pages, and promote various products and services. The more times you land on a certain web site or click on a given online ad, the more income the hijacker’s developers can earn.

This is not a harmful activity, but still, programs such as tend to employ some intrusive techniques to generate higher profits for their developers. For instance, they may often keep track of your browsing activity and even record some information that might help them advertise more effectively. This may be data related to your latest search requests, the type of content you like and share on social media, your bookmarks, and most visited websites, etc. A program such as can use this information to determine which of its pop-ups, banners, and ads will be more attractive to you so that you click on them. Then the program may change the search results so you get more exposed to the ads it thinks you’re more likely to interact with.

However, some browser hijackers are known to mess not only with the users’ browser settings but also with the system’s registry in an attempt to be as effective as possible. In short, this allows them to display more and more advertising content, but it also may make it easier for external threats such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, and other forms of malware to attack and infiltrate the computer. On top of that, such programs may affect the performance of the computer, make it slower, cause the web browser to crash or freeze, and generally become difficult to use. So, despite not being as dangerous as a real Trojan, a Ransomware, or an advanced computer virus, a program like could still be really unpleasant and should better be uninstalled.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A Browser Hijacker may spam your screen with sponsored ads and redirect you to unfamiliar websites without your approval.
Distribution Method Developers distribute this software via program bundling, free download links, ads, spam messages, torrents, and shareware.
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We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.


Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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