Zzip or Z-zip is a free compression program that is available for download on its official website www(dot)z-zip(dot)net. It is developed by ElementSoft – a company based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Besides the official page, Zzip or Z-Zip may have been included in bundled installers or promoted on freeware websites.
|Short Description||The application is promoted as free compression software. However, it may use a large amount of system resources.|
|Symptoms||Not clear yet.|
|Distribution Method||Its official page, possible bundled installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Z-zip|
Zzip General Description
Zzip is compression software that is should work with the following files (taken from the official website):
7z (.7z), ZIP (.zip), GZIP (.gz), BZIP2 (.bz2) and TAR (.tar), RAR (.rar), CAB (.cab), ISO (.iso), ARJ (.arj), LZH (.lzh), CHM (.chm), Z (.Z), CPIO (.cpio), RPM (.rpm), DEB (.deb), NSIS (.nsis)
However, the program may be blocked by an AV program, if such program is available on the PC. When we attempted to download the application for research purposes, the following pop-up alert appeared:
As visible by the image, the program is classified as potentially unwanted. It uses large amounts of system resources, even when not in use. In addition, Zzip is designed to start automatically with Windows.
The program may also be detected as suspicious. However, the detections may be regarded as false positives. The overall detection ratio of the program is low.
However, because of the system resources it employs, a strong AV program may still detect and flag Zzip as suspicious.
Zzip Uninstallation Steps
The program can be uninstalled from the Uninstall a Program feature. However, potentially unwanted programs often are distributed in bundled installers. To make sure that your system is not affected by unwanted code, consider running an AV scanner.
Since Zzip also offers a browser extension, you may need to check your browser’s settings. The extension is included in the program’s installer:
Have a look at the removal to completely remove all PUP traces from the system and the browser.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Z-zip 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 Z-zip.
Step 2: Remove Z-zip from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Z-zip and click “Remove”
After Z-zip is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Z-zip 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 Z-zip 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 Z-zip
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Z-zip. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Z-zip will be removed.
Step 3: Remove Z-zip automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Z-zip associated objects.