This page aims to help you remove Zokidif. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are currently seeking a way to remove a unwanted piece of software called Zokidif from your computer, we are happy to inform you that you have landed on the right page where you can find all the information that you might need when it comes to dealing with this irritating program. Make sure that you read all the information presented here and then, if you need help with the removal of Zokidif, take a look at our guide manual where we will show you the different steps that you need to carry out in order to uninstall and eliminate this pesky software.
What is Zokidif?
Zokidif is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that belongs to the Adware category. Adware applications are known for their ability to create irritating online ads, banners, box messages and pop-ups and display them inside the users’ browsers (Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, etc.). Obviously, this can be extremely annoying and unpleasant which is why most experts consider Adware applications to be undesirable. Typically, a program that falls under this category would have little to offer to the user in terms of functionality and usability. Most versions of Adware are created with the sole purpose of earning revenue through online advertising and there’s hardly ever any concern about how useful those programs would actually be for the customers themselves. Of course, there are exceptions where an Adware-like application would be useful and beneficial and only have the ads as a way to financially compensate its creator while remaining free for use. Such exceptions, however, are rarity – most Adware examples are simply used for financial gain without offering the end user any actual functional feature.
Is Adware dangerous for your PC?
Typically, programs such as Zokidif shouldn’t really pose any significant threat to a computer’s security and safety. After all, despite what many might think, Adware is actually different from malware viruses such as Trojans and Ransomware. As a matter of fact, most programs that belong to the Adware group are legal and legitimate – something that can’t be said regarding real malware viruses. As we stated above, the main purpose of Adware applications is profit through web advertising meaning that a program from this category is highly unlikely to actually try to cause damage to your computer or to mess with your virtual privacy.
Be careful with the ads!
Unlike Trojans and Ransomware viruses, Zokidif might not try to damage your system or encrypt your personal data files. However, you still need to be vigilant and careful around such a program and here’s why. Despite the overall harmlessness of most Adware programs, the actual adverts that they generate might not always be safe to interact with. There’s certain chance that some of the pop-ups and banners that such applications generate could be coming from unreliable and maybe even potentially hazardous sources. Due to this, it is generally inadvisable to click on the ads that Adware displays on your screen. Sure, some of the offers might seem appealing and interesting but you should always put the safety of your computer first which is why we advise you to keep away from any of the Adware-generated promotional materials.
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
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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:
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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.
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 Zokidif 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 Zokidif from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Zokidif 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!
Do you remember when or how Zokidif got inside your PC? The chances are that you aren’t really sure how exactly this pesky piece of software has gotten installed on your computer. The reason for this is because most such programs use methods of distribution and installation that are supposed to be misleading and even stealthy. Some applications from this category are getting distributed through spam e-mails while others rely on deceitful web ads and online requests. However, the method that seems to be the most effective is the so-called file bundling. When this distribution model is used, the unwanted application gets added inside a software installer for some other (more desirable) program. Once the main program gets installed, the Adware also gets inside the computer. That said, it is usually rather easy to see and leave out the unwanted software component and still install the main program. However, the majority of users tend to rush through the setup menu without paying too much attention to the installation customization settings that are offered in there. Normally, added software components/bundled applications are checked by default within the setup wizard and if you do not uncheck them manually, they would get installed along the main program. This is why you always need to pay close attention to what options there are in the setup menu in order to see if any there’s any bundled software that you might need to leave out. If there are indeed bundled applications in there, see if they look unreliable and unwanted and uncheck them before you launch the installation process.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Irritating ads that get displayed inside your browser are the most typical Hijacker symptom.|
|Distribution Method||Adware typically gets distributed via file-bundles, fake web-ads and spam e-mails/social media messages.|
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