In case you see pop-ups with the name “Zip Arcade Ads” being present and active chances are you may have adware on your computer. Zip Arcade Ads may collect various user information and based on that present targeted advertisements to users. Since such adverts may sometimes lead to suspicious third-party sites, this app may be a potential and indirect threat to an affected computer. Its removal, for which there are instructions presented, later on, is advisable.
|Name||Zip Arcade Ads|
|Short Description||Displays various online advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Slow PC, Browser Freezes.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Zip Arcade Ads|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Zip Arcade Ads.|
Zip Arcade Ads Pop-ups – How Is It Spread
One method of distribution this software may use is known as bundling and is very effective. Bundled applications are usually offered for free by third-party software providing sites. This may be the installer of your favorite media player, video editor, mp3 cutter, video downloader and others. The installers that are bundled can be spotted by the “Add this free application as an extra” type of installation steps in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option. It may come as a tick box, or an “I agree” and “Disagree” type of installation step. There are even some cases where software such as Zip Arcade Ads installed without any notifications, except in the End User Manual at the start of the setup. The bottom line is, if you install free software always double check both the source and the installer.
Zip Arcade Ads Pop-Ups – What Does It Do?
One particular activity Zip Arcade Ads may be involved in after it has been installed, is to create multiple files and registry entries on your hard drive that may allow it to collect information and run every time your PC is on. Such information may be your online searches, clicks, browsing history. This information may be used to generate two types of advertisements to users:
Based on collected data in the history, more specifically, the user`s most sought objects.
Based on instant data input.
This information may be used to generate what is known as behavioral advertising. This type of marketing uses the info to display targeted ads, increasing the likelihood of you clicking on them.
When clicked on, the advertisements may lead the user to third-party websites that may conceal different risks from the user, such as:
- Infect the computer with malware, such as CryptoLocker, for example, by using scripts or drive by downloads.
- Display redirects to sites that may lock out the browser, displaying a fake blue screen of death type of system error along with a tech support number to call, which is a scam.
- Transfer users to sites that may falsely promise free trials of a new program, product or service. Such may or may not give free trials after the user has input his/her financial information.
- Redirect the user to phishing sites that may resemble online retailer stores, like AliExpress, Alibaba, eBay, Amazon, BestBuy, etc. and collect users` financial credentials.
- Link users to websites that may directly crash their PCs.
Since cyber criminals may be increasing in numbers at the same rate as their techniques are developing security experts, often advise users to be constantly informed about the latest in cyber security. Nowadays it is not a battle of them against your computer, it is more of a battle of them against your personal information and money. This is why even the lowest level and indirect threats like Zip Arcade Ads should not be ignored.
Remove Zip Arcade Ads Compilation
To remove Zip Arcade Ads it is important to act swiftly. Manual removal may be a tricky process since the program may create various objects in multiple directories. This is why you should follow the step-by-step removal manual below. Furthermore, for best results, we advise you to use an anti-malware program that will automatically scan and neutralize this cyber threat. By installing such software, you also make sure you are protected against any intrusions in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Zip Arcade Ads in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Zip Arcade Ads.
Step 2: Remove Zip Arcade Ads from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Zip Arcade Ads and click “Remove”
After Zip Arcade Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Zip Arcade Ads to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Zip Arcade Ads has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Zip Arcade Ads
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Zip Arcade Ads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Zip Arcade Ads will be removed.