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This page aims to help you remove ZipArcade. These ZipArcade removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

What is ZipArcade “Virus”?

Despite their generally harmless nature adware programs can be a real pain in the neck. Especially once they start flooding your browser with their intrusive ads and pop-ups. Apart from that, they can also trick you into exposing your computer to more harmful threats, such as viruses. However, there is no reason to panic. While they might be annoying and sometimes hard to remove, the majority of adware programs are quite harmless and usually legal. There are some of them which are kind of aggressive and potentially dangerous, but they are more of an exception. Still, there are several things that you should know about that kind of software in order to avoid having it installed on your PC. If you have already done so and seek a way to have it removed – look no further.

ZipArcade Virus

ZipArcade in Chrome

ZipArcade is not a virus by the legal definition of this term. However many people believe it is a in fact a computer virus, due to some questionable practices associated with the kind of software it actually is. And what type that is exactly? ZipArcade is an adware. As such, it shares most of its features and characteristics with the other programs of its kind. It generates ads, it might redirect you to pages you didn’t mean to open and it doesn’t really have any practical use for you. Therefore, you probably wouldn’t want ZipArcade in your system. Sounds pretty simple. But wait, there is a catch – most of the times, users never realize, that they have installed the unwanted program. Since it’s widely known that adware programs are generally unwanted and users are not likely to download and install them willingly, developers have to come up with other methods of distribution for their product. We’ve all had spam e-mails sent to us – some of them might have contained the ZipArcade software. Since pretty much no one ever opens those e-mails this method is generally ineffective. Another way for the annoying software to spread across the internet and into your system is via other free programs that you might download. ZipArcade is bundled with them, so that it gets installed along with the one that you actually wanted. This is, by far, the most common way in which people get their PC’s infected with the intrusive application and it happens mostly due to their lack of attention to details.

Learning how to protect your PC from ZipArcade

It’s quite simple actually. You see, you don’t really need any special computer skills or very sophisticated knowledge on the matter. ZipArcade is not a virus and despite its intrusive nature in the majority of cases dealing with it goes as far as to know several simple rules that you have to follow.

First and foremost, avoiding its installation. It should go without saying, that the best way to protect your PC from the obstructive ads and potential dangers the unwanted software might bring, is to simply keep it away from your computer. Now that we know how it usually gets distributed – through other free programs – we can come up with a way to prevent this from happening. A good piece of advice is to only download content from sites that have good reviews and that you trust. Another very important thing you should keep in mind is to always pay attention to the menu when installing new programs. Most of the times there will be an option to customize the installation settings instead of going with the regular install. Always opt for that. That way you will be able to see if there is any added content to the main program. Remember that ZipArcade might go under a different name in that menu. Therefore, uncheck everything that looks suspicious.

The second important thing to remember is what not to do in case you have already had the intrusive software installed on your PC. As we said there will be a lot of ads once you open your browser. Most of them will probably be legitimate and might even redirect you to actual products. However, it is essential to remember never to click on any of them and should you get redirected to a page you don’t know and don’t trust, close it as quickly as possible. This is imperative because even though most of the time the ads and page redirects will be pretty much harmless, there’s always the possibility of landing a harmful program, such as a virus, through them.

The third thing you should know is how to actually remove ZipArcade. Note that a simple uninstall might not be enough. This is because sometimes the unwanted program might provide a back date or go under a different name. Therefore, it’s always easier to avoid installing it, instead of having it removed. On to the removal part – we have provided you with a detailed guide below on how it is done, without the need of calling an IT specialist.


Name ZipArcade
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium 
Symptoms Intrusive ads and page redirects that disrupt your browser experience.
Distribution Method Bundled with other free software; Spam e-mails and file-sharing sites are also a possibility.
Detection Tool ZipArcade may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – ZipArcade 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.


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.


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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove ZipArcade 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 ZipArcade from Firefox:

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

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

  • 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.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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