|Type||PC Virus, Adware|
|Short Description||The cyber threat may replicate itself. May display search results that link to different types of third-party sites.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness unusually high ammount of processes in his Windows Task Manager. Witnessing of heavy advertisements. Slow PC that may cause some processes to go to a ‘Not Responding’ state.|
|Distribution Method||Via online chat platforms, direct downloads from suspicious third-party sites.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by TheZip Virus|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about TheZip Virus.|
TheZip is a nasty computer infection that may aim for two main things on the PC it infects – the information in the affected computer and overloading it with its processes. TheZip is a very unhealthy application and may overload the central processing unit (CPU) of your computer. What is more, this nasty infection is reported by security researchers to modify various search results, otherwise known as a blackhat SEO which is also common for rootkit infections. Since the search results may link the user to unknown third-party websites that may be also dangerous and due to its malicious behaviour, experts advise towards its immediate removal with special anti-malware tool.
TheZip Virus – How Was I Infected
One way to download and open this malicious executable is by simply downloading it from the web, believing it is connected in a way to reputable programs such as 7zip or WinZip. What is more, this particular executable might as well be sent out in chat platforms and social networks, such as Skype, for example. Either way, security experts recommend to not download any unfamiliar .zip reading programs, because for one Windows has such software installed by default and what is more, the above mentioned are the most reputable free programs used by the masses.
TheZip Virus – What Does It Do
This particular computer virus is believed to load up a process, going by the name of “thezipjs.exe” which is outlined as self-replicating. This means that the process has code in it that makes it load again and again over itself around 300 times. Which means that it runs the same amount of processes in the Windows Task Manager, draining CPU usage. These very processes will also take up the random access memory (RAM) on an affected system. All of those side effects may lead to crashing of Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) or even blue screen of death (BSOD) otherwise known as OS crash.
What is more, this virus has been reported by virus researchers that it may collect certain information from the user PC, such as the IP address, location (if available), language preferences, local time, browsing history, online clicks and searchers and other.
What was also established by experts is that it examines a rootkit like behaviour, known as blackhat SEO. This method is essentially modifying the web links of the search results or even displaying custom ad-supported search results to the user, leading to third-party websites. This method is done with different goals. Some websites want to boost their traffic and they combine themselves with virus writers such as the one who wrote TheZip virus in pay-per-click and affiliate schemes. However in some cases there may be , malware writers that may ‘advertise’ their malware in the form of malicious links that may further infect the user PC with other viruses, trojans, worms and even ransomware, like Cryptowall 4.0.
Removing TheZip Virus
In order to remove this, virus, you should make sure you act as if your computer was infected with a more devious threat, because it might as well already been. What is needed is to scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware program in order to detect and identify any unwanted code related to TheZip Virus as well as its own and remove it.
Now when it comes to safely scanning your computer, we have provided a tutorial on how to do it in Safe Mode after this article and you should check it out. However, in case you are more tech savvy or just keen on better results, instead of using anti-malware tools to scan your PC in Safe Mode, you should do it by using a live OS, tutorial for which you can find in this forum topic: