This article aims to help you with the removal of Search.zanzibog.com from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide to remove this nasty hijacker completely from your PC.
In case of infection with Search.zanzibog.com you could see its main page each time you open the affected browser. It replaces the homepage, new tab page and default search engine with its domain address. Once the redirect gains access to target browsers it starts to obtain certain details about your online behavior. Search.zanzibog.com records all these details on its servers so its owners can later use them to deliver targeted content and a lot of annoying advertisements directly in the affected browser.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The suspicious domain Search.zanzibog.com can be set as homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.|
|Symptoms||The homepage and new tab page of affected browsers can display the main page of Search.zanzibog.com hijacker. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Search.zanzibog.com – Methods of Distribution
Most of the times Search.zanzibog.com lands on the system with the help of third-party freeware. The installers of such apps have additional components that contain potentially unwanted programs like Search.zanzibog.com. These programs are usually set to install by default and if you choose to follow the regular installation steps you may install the hijacker on your system unnoticeably. In order to prevent the installation of any undesired programs, you need to choose the Advanced or Custom setup options. There you can find information about all extras and deselect all you don’t really need.
Search.zanzibog.com is believed to hijack frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
Search.zanzibog.com – More Details
By changing the settings of the homepage, new tab page and the default search engine, Search.zanzibog.com ensures its persistent presence in your browser. Once it invades your system you start to see its main page each time open the affected browser.
The suspicious website Search.zanzibog.com provides a hoax search engine that redirects all search queries to Yahoo search. The simplistic design may mislead you that Search.papershorty.com is a reputable search engine like Google and Bing. However, it is yet another browser hijacker that modifies essential browser settings without your knowledge in order to spy on your online activities and deliver many annoying advertisements.
The first thing we noticed is that the last update of the policy was made in September 2015 which is quite a long time ago. The second one is the name of the company owner of this nasty hijacker – Zanzibog. The company confirms that its services are used for the collection of certain information from users’ devices and browsers. So if you are using their products they know the following about you:
- The type and version of your computer’s operating system
- IE browser version
- Installed hardware
- Java resource availability
- .NET resources availability
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Cookies related data
- Search queries
- Browsing history
The records with your information may be sold to third-parties of unknown origin. Furthermore, it is likely that the collected data will be used for various advertising purposes. In case that you do not agree with the collection of all mentioned details from your system and browser, you should stop using the services of Search.zanzibog.com website and delete it completely from the affected device.
Remove Search.zanzibog.com Browser Hijacker
The steps listed below will help you to remove Search.zanzibog.com hijacker completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari browsers. In the guide that follows, you will also find how to remove this nasty program from your Windows system. There are two removal approaches – manual and automatic. In case that after the manual removal you still experience redirects to Search.zanzibog.com, you need to scan the system for some leftovers. With the help of an advanced anti-malware tool, you can easily locate and eliminate all leftovers.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.zanzibog.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.zanzibog.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.zanzibog.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.zanzibog.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.zanzibog.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.zanzibog.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.zanzibog.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.zanzibog.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.zanzibog.com
Step 2: Uninstall Search.zanzibog.com and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.zanzibog.com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.zanzibog.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.zanzibog.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.zanzibog.com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Search.zanzibog.com via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Search.zanzibog.com from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Search.zanzibog.com from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Search.zanzibog.com from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Search.zanzibog.com from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.zanzibog.com will be removed.
Eliminate Search.zanzibog.com from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.