This page aims to help you remove Zingload. The Zingload removal is for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Having problems with intrusive browser ads? You’ve come to the right place!
The Zingload “Virus” is one of the latest browser hijacker programs out there and if your browser is currently filled with all sorts of intrusive adverts, then this piece of software is the most likely suspect. In this article we will attempt to help you remove this intrusive program and also give you some important information on how to prevent similar software from getting onto your PC. However, before we get to any of that, we need to first make you acquainted with what browser hijacker programs actually are and what the purpose of their existence is.
What a browser hijacker is
Advertising-supported software (browser hijacker for short) is a particular type of programs/browser extensions that, due to their intrusive behavior and stealth installation, are considered part of the PUP category. PUP stands for potentially unwanted programs and that is exactly what the Zingload “Virus” and the rest of its kind are. The main reason why they are regarded as unwanted is because they tend to heavily obstruct users’ browsing experience. Furthermore, some of the more aggressive browser hijacker programs may also attempt to alter certain browser settings and even enforce them so that you cannot switch them back to the way they were as long as the intrusive program remains active on your PC. In other words Zingload is not an actual virus at all.
Purpose of Zingload
The whole point of browser hijacker programs is that for each click their ads receive the developer of the unwanted software gains revenue. This is called the pay-per-click method and is basically the only reason for the existence of those advert-generating browser extensions.
Comparing browser hijackers to viruses
We need to make it clear, though, that, as annoying as they may be, the Zingload “Virus” and other similar browser add-ons are not considered viruses. As we already said, such programs fall under the PUP category, which generally consists of software that is not malicious or harmful to your computer. There’s a big difference between unwanted programs, like browser hijackers, and Zingload and malicious viruses, such as Ransomware and Trojan Horses. That is why, even if you’ve had browser hijacker installed onto your PC, there is no need to worry since in most cases the greatest problem about them is that they are so awfully annoying.
How it might still be threatening
It ought to be mentioned, though, that despite the fact Zingload is, in the majority of cases, harmless to your system, its ads may contain potential security hazards. For instance, sometimes clicking on an browser hijacker-generated ad, you might find yourself getting redirected to a suspicious page that may be illegal or even infested with viruses. Most ads are not like that and won’t expose your PC to online threats. Still, we believe that clicking on any of the browser hijacker ads is both pointless and an unnecessary risk. Therefore, we advise you to avoid any interaction with those intrusive pop-ups banners and box messages.
Avoiding browser hijacker in the future
It is essential that you know how Zingload gets distributed throughout the internet so that you don’t fall for it in the future. There are many methods for spreading browser hijacker, but most of them use one of the following distribution models:
- File-sharing sites – It is usually not hard to upload an unwanted program to such a site. That is why those have become one of the favorite tools of browser hijacker developers to spread their products. If you often use such sites, at least make sure that you have a good anti-malware program and also try to stick to those of them that are generally considered reliable and trustworthy.
- Spam e-mails – there’s probably no type of unwanted or harmful software that does not get distributed via spam e-mails. In fact, browser hijacker is the least problematic program that you can get from spam letters. Therefore, approach every new message from unknown senders with extreme caution. If it looks suspicious, you might outright delete it without reading it.
- File-bundling – in most cases this is a perfectly legal method. In fact, it is used for the distribution of all sorts of software. When Zingload is bundled with another program, if you install that program, you also get the nagging browser hijacker onto your PC. This, however, can be easily avoided by opting for the advanced installation settings which would allow you to customize the installation and leave out any software that might have been added to the main program. Simply uncheck everything that you think might be unwanted from the list of added contents and continue with the actual installation. Now that we’ve reached the end of the article, you may proceed to remove the intrusive program with the help of the instructions provided below. Let us know if you have any questions!
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Odd browser behaviour and intrusive ads all over your screen as soon as you get on the Internet.|
|Distribution Method||Among the most common methods are deceptive/hidden links, spam e-mails, file-sharing sites and program-bundling.|
|Detection Tool||Zingload may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove Zingload “Virus” (Chrome)
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Zingload may have hidden some of its files.
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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
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 Zingload 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 Zingload from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the browser hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove Zingload 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!