Remove EasyZip Tab “Malware” (Chrome/Firefox/IE) Oct. 2018 Update


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

Welcome to our article on how to take care of any issues you might be facing related to the EasyZip software component. On this website, we provide step-by-step removal guides, safety tips and removal methods for various computer threats and potentially unwanted programs which may disturb the web users and mess with their devices. In the today’s article, we will discuss a newly reported addition to the browser hijacker software category which goes under the name of EasyZip. This program has recently been causing page-redirects and ad-generating disturbance to a number of web users and their favorite browsing apps and that’s why, in the next lines, we will try to provide our readers with the best guide and tips for uninstalling the unwanted software piece and removing its annoying activities.

EasyZip Browser Redirect

The browser hijackers are, generally, online advertising pieces of software which can easily take over any kind of browsers including Chrome, Explorer, Firefox, and others. They usually make certain changes to the targeted browser’s settings such as homepage replacements, installation of new search engines, toolbars or add-ons which change the way the browsers operate. Most hijacker programs are typically linked to a pay-per-click advertising model or another sponsored ads positioning scheme which generates revenue for the developers when clicks are received on certain promotional messages. That’s why, oftentimes, the users may experience rather aggressive broadcasting of various pop-ups, ads, banners and automatic page-redirects to sponsored websites and to web offers during their normal web surfing. This is an activity which adds up to the overall irritation and disturbance that the hijacker may cause and is yet another reason for a lot of users to seek methods of removing the nagging ads and uninstalling the software that generates them.

Remove EasyZip Tab “Malware”

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.

DNS

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 EasyZip 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 EasyZip from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove EasyZip 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

We need to say, though, that despite being rather aggressive advertising tools, apps like EasyZip are not normally regarded as representatives of any malware or virus category. These pieces of software are usually legal and the promotion methods they employ are usually not violating any law. Still, keeping them on the computer might decrease the overall web surfing experience and may lead to exposure to unfamiliar web locations and potentially unwanted marketing content. That’s why, we advise our readers to use the instructions in the Removal guide below and get rid of the undesirable application in a quick and reliable manner.

How can EasyZip affect your system?

We already said above that programs such as EasyZip do not typically represent a serious security risk and cannot be compared to illegal computer threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware or other similar viruses. However, the presence of the browser hijackers in the system may still disturb the way the users use their browser and may lead to frustration and irritation. Also, normally, most ad-generating programs may have the ability to keep tabs on people’s searches and thus redirect them to more relevant promotional links, ads, and offers. In many cases, the hijackers may also modify the search results in favor of the sponsored sites of their partners. That’s why, using the imposed search engines, toolbars and add-ons may oftentimes not deliver the content that you are actually looking for. What is more, more often than not, the ads, the pop-ups and the promoted pages might be too intrusive to deal with and the users may spend a lot of time trying to remove them from the screen in order to continue with their browsing session in peace. The way the hijackers may trick you into installing them on your computer might also be alarming. Here is what you should know about it in order to avoid potentially unwanted changes in your browsers in the future.

How can one get “infected” with a browser hijacker?

Getting infected with a program like EasyZip is very easy. However, the term “infected” is not appropriate because the hijacker does not replicate as a virus and cannot sneak in the system like a Trojan horse or a Ransomware. It normally gets installed by the users themselves as a component in a software bundle or an automatic installation pack without the users realizing it. Being a part of a bundle or an attractive free program setup actually allows the hijacker to receive the users’ approval when they use the Quick or the Default installation setting which allows the hijacker to get installed on the PC alongside the main program of the bundle. The Advanced or the Custom installation of the bundle, however, can give you the option to opt out of the hijacker’s installation or of that of any other potentially unwanted component and only install the main program of the setup package. For the purpose of staying safe, we usually advise our readers to always opt for the Advanced/Custom and to avoid the Automatic/Quick agreement when installing new software on their PC. Furthermore, we advise them to be really careful with the sources of their program downloads and to use their common sense when interacting with online contents and downloading new files, installers or other content from the web, because the security threats are usually well hidden in various legitimate-looking transmitters.

SUMMARY:

Name EasyZip
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Sudden page-redirects, new homepage or search engine settings may disturb your normal browsing. 
Distribution Method Spam, free program bundles, automatic installers, ads, torrents, shareware, freeware, free download links.
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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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