Prozipper is a potentially unwanted program that can fill the screen of any web browser with pay-per-click ads. Prozipper can display different promotional notifications even on pages that are not usually loaded with aggressive commercials.
The usual target of Prozipper are commonly used browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Edge. The moment the program gets installed on them, various pop-up messages, banners, colorful offers and text links start to appear on the web pages that you visit. These commercials, however, aren’t like regular on-page ads and are much harder to remove. Not to mention that they usually are placed in such a way that they cover a major portion of the page content and don’t let you navigate unless you click on them. This is precisely what irritates the users so much and makes them question the nature of the program that delivers these ads. Fortunately, Prozipper is not a representative of some virus or malware category (such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.) but an adware application that is used solely for online promotion through sponsored ads.
The Prozipper Virus
The developers of adware applications ,like the Prozipper virus and ScrSnap, expect to earn considerable amounts of money if they succeed in generating enough clicks on the advertisements that their software displays. That’s why they often employ some rather aggressive promotional strategies to make users click on the pop-ups, banners and links that bring them revenue.
Programs like Pro Zipper flood the screen of the browser with way too many sponsored messages and typically leave no option for users to uninstall the ad-generating software from their system in a quick and simple manner. The users’ attempts to remove the ads by Pro Zipper closing them off often lead to automatic redirects to sites full of more aggressive ads.
Even the uninstallation of the default web browser and a change to another one may not be able to save you from the ads invasion. Sadly, trying to get used to the activities of a program like Prozipper is also not an option because some of the advertisements that get displayed by the adware may not be fully reliable and safe. A random click on a potentially infected banner, a fake pop-up or a misleading link could possibly lead to a close encounter with threats like Ransomware, Trojans and different viruses. That’s why our general advice is not to engage with any of the advertising materials shown on your computer while the adware is on your device. Ideally, the best course of action will be to take the required measures to uninstall the aggressive ad-generating program and to regain control of your web browser.
If you haven’t dealt with adware before, then the guide below contains manual instructions that will help you detect and eliminate Prozipper in a quick and reliable manner. In case you need some extra support or you fear that you may remove some other files by mistake, you can use the professional automatic removal tool attached to the guide. This software can scan your entire computer and take actions against the unwanted software, as well as any other potentially unwanted applications that you may have in your system.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Adware is known for its ability to aggressively fill the main web browser with aggressive pop-up ads, banners and promotional messages.|
|Distribution Method||Adware apps are commonly distributed as free components inside different software bundles, spam messages and torrents.|
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Remove Prozipper Virus
To try and remove Prozipper quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Prozipper extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Prozipper by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Prozipper and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Prozipper removal guide below.
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Prozipper from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Prozipper from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Prozipper from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!