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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Z-zip from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Z-zip from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Z-zip from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Z-zip from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Z-zip from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Z-zip from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Z-zip from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Z-zip from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Z-zip
Step 2: Uninstall Z-zip 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 Z-zip 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 Z-zip there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Z-zip from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Z-zip 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 Z-zip 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 Z-zip files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Z-zip, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Z-zip 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 Z-zip 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 Z-zip 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 Z-zip 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 Z-zip will be removed.
Eliminate Z-zip 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.