|Short Description||The application is a file archiver and compressor utility.|
|Symptoms||Advertisements can be displayed thanks to the app’s browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware websites, and the app’s official website.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ZiperFly|
ZiperFly is a file archiver and compressor utility, much like the popular program WinRAR. It belongs to Applon Inc. ZiperFly will also supposedly allow you to add a password to the created file Even though it is promoted as a useful program, it has actually been discovered that ZiperFly is yet another adware program.
This means that while it is installed on your computer, it will start presenting numerous advertisements whenever you are browsing the web. It will be able to generate these on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. As ZiperFly will be more annoying than useful, it is best to remove it from your computer right away. What is more, adware programs are known to be potential vulnerabilities for the system’s security.
What Does ZiperFly Do?
ZipperFly can be found in the C:\Program Files\ziperfly directory, which will be about 10 MB. There are two version of it currently being distributed: 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199, as the latter is more widespread with about 78% of installations.
Once installed, ZiperFly will start up automatically every time Windows boots up. It will also launch ZiperFlySrv.exe that has the job of keeping the program updated. You are bound to find this file in the Processes tab in Task Manager.
ZiperFly will also attach a browser extension to your browser. Then, it will start to generate advertisements every time you browse the web. The ads will appear in various formats. They will be labeled as “Ads by ZiperFly,” “Powered by ZiperFly,” “ZiperFly Ads,” etc. Do not be surprised if some of them are related to your recent browsing. Adware programs collect information such as browsing history, search queries, IP address, as well as other data. They then use it to show targeted advertisements.
How Did ZiperFly Get on My PC?
ZiperFly is available on its official website. However, it also uses bundled downloads as a means of distribution. What this means is that it is attached to various freeware installers. This allows it to be installed without users noticing. Many unreliable programs use bundled downloads to enter system. Here are a few tips to avoid these:
- Avoid any third-party software dispensers.
- Make sure to read carefully through the information presented in the install wizard.
- Opt for Custom/Advanced installation. This will allow you to decline any additional software that is featured on the installer.
What Are the Dangers of ZiperFly?
Apart from being irritating, ZiperFly may also expose your system to malicious content. Adware programs are unreliable and they can be easily exploited by cyber criminals to lure users onto malicious websites. If you find yourself on such a page, then you can be in a lot of trouble. Your system may be attacked by malware, which will steal all of your personal and financial information. Or you may become a victim of a phishing scheme. You do not want either of these things happening. This is why removing ZiperFly is the best thing to do.
How to Remove ZiperFly
To get rid of this program, go to Control Panel and open the list of programs. Now, Find ZiperFly and uninstall it. However, this is not enough to ensure the safety of your system. Other unwanted applications may already be on it. Also, the PC is vulnerable to infection. It is recommended that you have powerful AV software on your computer, so that it will remove all unwanted programs and protect your PC from future attacks.
1. Remove/Uninstall ZiperFly in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 ZiperFly.
2. Remove ZiperFly from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select ZiperFly and click “Remove”
After ZiperFly is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select ZiperFly 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 ZiperFly 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 ZiperFly
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall ZiperFly. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the ZiperFly will be removed.
3. Use an advanced anti-malware program to scan your computer for any left-over objects such as registry entries and other files after uninstall.