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Zipfilesearch.com Browser Hijacker Removal

Zipfilesearch.com is the homepage of hoax search engine website created by the Hong Kong Company Hopebest Inc Ltd. At first sight, it may seem useful and regular like a website that in addition to search services provides options to Zip and Unzip files through it. However, it is advisable to avoid using Zipfilesearch.com as it seems to be distributed via wicked techniques in order to collect your personal information and disclose it to third parties. That’s why you may be unwillingly redirected to its homepage or notice that it has replaced your default browser home page appearing at each new tab you open. In this article, you can find information about all the shady practices of Zipfilesearch.com and detailed how to remove guide that will help you restore your browsers and PC from this browser hijacker.

Threat Summary

NameZipfilesearch.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionZipfilesearch.com browser hijacker can cause a lot of redirects redirect and flood browser with a lot of advertisements.
SymptomsIt can change browser settings and set itself as a start page, search engine and the new tab page as well as causing redirects during your browsing session.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Redirects
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Zipfilesearch.com – Distribution Methods

Zipfilesearch.com browser hijacker could be set to be installed with some other free software. Installation setups of third-party software are one of the most efficient ways for distribution of hoax search engines like Zipfilesearch.com. Authors of some apps do not disclose adequately all that is to be installed along with the primary product. Thus, potentially unwanted programs infiltrate the system without any notification or asking for permission. The good news is that if you look for Advanced or Custom settings option during the installation process of any software instead of just clicking the Next button, you can prevent any additional features and software from being added.

Zipfilesearch.com – Detailed Analysis

Zipfilesearch.com redirect acts like a typical browser hijacker that changes browser settings in order to set itself to appear as your browser homepage aiming to trick you into using its services which generate revenue for its authors. It may hijack trustworthy browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera and other. An additional impact that may be observed is a suspicious extension installed in the browser that can support Zipfilesearch.com hijacker vague actions.

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When you are on Zipfilesearch.com homepage, you can see two buttons in the top right corner. They provide Zip and Unzip options that work when you upload files from your PC. On the one hand, these choices fool users to receive additional value from the website, on the other hand, it is better to avoid file uploads because Zipfilesearch.com may collect all your personal files and store them on its server.

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At the moment of writing this article Zipfilesearch.com redirects all search queries to Yahoo search engine which is powered by Bing. However, it is much better to set Yahoo as a default browser search engine if you prefer it than using its services through a dubious website that confirms collection of personal data. We will reveal more details on its Privacy Policy in the next paragraph.

As long as Zipfilesearch.com browser hijacker is installed on the PC, it may cause a lot of redirects to other suspicious websites. Its presence is also likely to slow down system performance and diminish browsing experience by displaying an excessive amount of ads. We are flooded with numerous online advertisements every day, it is true. However, browser hijackers like Zipfilesearch.com are not likely to watch for the quality and safety of ads sources. Zipfilesearch.com authors are mostly prone to generate revenue from the so-called scheme pay-per-click without respect to your online security and privacy.

This is why we recommend all users who notice Zipfilesearch.com set as homepage in their browsers to consider its immediate removal from all browsers. Furthermore, it is also essential to get rid of all potentially unwanted programs that are likely to be associated with the hijacker.

Zipfilesearch.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy section is one of the first things you should check when you visit a website for the first time, especially when it acts as a search engine. Zipfilesearch.com Privacy Policy can be accessed from a link at the bottom of its homepage. Once you open, you can see that the company confirms various data collection about you and your browsing activities through Zipfilesearch.com redirect. Zipfilesearch.com browser hijacker could collect personally and non-personally identifying information about users.

The following information will be collected according to the Privacy Policy of Zipfilesearch.com browser redirect:

  • IP address;
  • Data about the pages you access;
  • Mobile network information;
  • Search history;
  • Time-stamp;
  • Information regarding the devices connected to your computer;
  • Software installed upon;
  • Referring website addresses.

All collected personal and non-personal information is monetized by the company by sharing it with third parties.

Remove Zipfilesearch.com From the System

Zipfilesearch.com browser hijacker, as well as all potentially unwanted programs, could be deleted with the help of our detailed guide below. For best results, it is good to consider the use of professional anti-spyware software which will keep you safe during future online activities.

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Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Zipfilesearch.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Zipfilesearch.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Zipfilesearch.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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Zipfilesearch.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Zipfilesearch.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Zipfilesearch.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Zipfilesearch.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Zipfilesearch.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Zipfilesearch.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Zipfilesearch.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Zipfilesearch.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Zipfilesearch.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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Zipfilesearch.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Zipfilesearch.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.


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Erase Zipfilesearch.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.



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Uninstall Zipfilesearch.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.



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Remove Zipfilesearch.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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Zipfilesearch.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Zipfilesearch.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.


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