Powzip “Virus” Uninstall


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This page aims to help you remove Powzip “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Powzip is yet another addition to the infamous Adware family which has recently been reported to cause irritation to many online users. This program is a creation of a group of software developers who want to make profits from sponsored ads positioning and Pay-Per-Click strategies. In order to generate revenue, Powzip is set to display hundreds of annoying ads, promotional links, pop-ups, banners and similar aggressive commercial messages on the users’ screen during their browsing sessions. For this purpose, the Adware integrates with the user’s default browser (be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera or something) and start an ad-broadcasting and page-redirecting activities.

Powzip can typically invade the computer via indirect user permission when they install some “recommended” or “suggested” browsing components from software bundles and automatic setup packages. Fortunately, the adware typically cannot cause any serious harm to the system and, therefore, it is not considered to be a virus. As we said above, the aim of this software is to show different advertisements on your screen and to redirect your searches to sponsored pages and low-quality websites which need traffic and clicks. Still, it is not excluded that a program like Powzip may accidentally redirect you to phishing or malicious websites where your computer may get infected by some real viruses such as Ransomware or Trojans. That’s why, it is usually recommended not to click on the content the Adware generates or to simply have it uninstalled and all of its ads removed from your screen forever. This can, fortunately, be done quite easily if you run a thorough scan with professional removal software (see the Powzip removal tool on this page) or by using some manual removal instructions like the ones that our team has prepared below.

How can you catch Powzip “Virus”?

Adware mostly spreads through bundled freeware programs, different spam emails, suspicious websites, shareware platforms, p2p file sharing sites, torrents and other similar methods. The creators of this software usually try to get it installed on as many computers as possible in order to effectively promote their ads and gain revenue from the users’ clicks.

Powzip “Virus” Uninstall

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Powzip from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Powzip from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Powzip from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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!

However, there is a way to prevent the installation of the unwanted software by avoiding its potential sources and more importantly, by paying attention to the installation of every new program. It is not excluded that an ad-generating software component like Powzip might be bundled with some new program that you might want to install on your PC. That’s why, it is very important to pay attention to the installation settings, read all the fine print within the setup wizards and use the Advanced/Custom installation options whenever they are available. This way, you will always be in control and will have the chance to disable any potentially unwanted software such as Powzip leaving it out of the installation process and making sure it doesn’t get inside your PC.

What issues may Powzip “Virus” cause?

Nothing fatal or destructive would usually happen if an Adware like Powzip gets installed on the system. However, what can really make you wish to have this software removed is the fact that it may often disturb your normal browsing with various annoying ads and automatic page redirects. Since this annoying program’s aim is to earn PPC commission by generating lots of ads on your computer, it will most probably decrease the overall quality of your web browsing experience by causing unwanted web redirects. Powzip may also track your online activities, browsing history and cookies and may forcibly show lots of sponsored offers for products similar to what you might have been recently searching for online. This activity may eventually increase the risk of being exposed to security hazards, which is really something that should not to be neglected.

How to remove the Adware and save yourself from the disturbance caused by it?

Powzip can be a really irritating software but you can remove it from browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Opera, Internet Explorer and many others if you scan your PC with a professional malware-removal software. On this page, our team has posted a removal tool for Powzip that you could use for the purpose of eliminating the pesky app. Also, you can use the instructions in the Removal Guide below as an alternative in case you prefer a manual uninstallation method.

Name Powzip
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hard-to-remove ads may start appearing on your screen on a regular basis. 
Distribution Method Usually distributed via automatic installation managers, software bundles, freeware, shareware, torrents, spam. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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