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Zwhip.com Adware Removal

This article will help you remove Zwhip.com completely. Follow the removal instructions for the adware at the end.

Zwhip.com is a website offering a proxy service. The site offers to hide your original geographical location settings so you can work around country restriction for services like Netflix. Moreover, the program can change your network settings and spreads advertisements on your browsers. Thus, it is adware. You could be redirected to different sites, as well.

Threat Summary

Name Zwhip.com
Type Adware, PUP
Short Description The application generates a bulk of advertisements, offering a supposedly legitimate DNS service.
Symptoms You can see lots of advertisements in your browsers, like pop-ups, banners and others. Your network settings could be changed.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Zwhip.com – How Did I Get It?

You could get Zwhip.com via a few methods. The adware could be spread from third-party installers. Without you knowing, the program could be put inside your computer device with such third-party installations of freeware and bundled packages alike. An installation setup might be set to include extra content when installing the primary software. To avoid any unwanted programs to enter your PC, you have to find a Custom or an Advanced settings menu and deselect things from there.

Zwhip.com might also be distributed through advertisements, which are shown in various websites. Banners, pop-ups or pop-under adverts could be utilized to redirect you to that adware platform. Visiting sites with unknown origins or ones that look suspicious can trigger the adware to be placed inside your computer system. These websites could host redirect links, as well. Browsers that could be affected are the following: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Zwhip.com – What Does It Do?

Zwhip.com is the main domain of a platform promoting proxy services. The platform can alter your network settings. This will result in the massive spread of advertisements, redirects and the invasion of your privacy. The proxy service offers to give you access to geo-restricted sites, but instead, you will see a huge amount of ads. This program resembles the CounterFlix adware to an extent judging by the design and pictures it uses for its site and the way it describes its services.

In the image below you can see the list of services that you will supposedly be able to access, which is very similar to the lists of other proxy service platforms, such as the DNS Unlocker adware:

Here you can see the main page of the Zwhip.com site:

Zwhip.com has a main page that tries to trick users into downloading and using its platform. The promotional text found on it states that to unblock the geo-restricted sites, only a tiny part of your network settings will get changed – as if it is a harmless change with no consequences. Altering any of your network settings is not as harmless as you would think. If your IP address or DNS servers are changed will result in making your computer more vulnerable, no matter what the website says. Advertisements and redirects will pop-up when you are trying to browse, especially if you have software connected to Zwhip on your PC. The platform is considered adware.

The ads from the Zwhip.com site could have some text inside:

  • Ads by Zwhip.com
  • Advertisement by Zwhip.com
  • Ad by Zwhip.com
  • Advert from Zwhip.com
  • Powered by Zwhip.com
  • Brought to you by Zwhip.com

In-text links, plus advertisements which can redirect, and are associated with the Zwhip service could be generated to increase online traffic. That traffic can be converted to revenue for the owners of the adware platform with using a pay-per-click scheme. The traffic is harnessed via redirects coming from the changed network settings such as the DNS (Domain Name System).

All advertisements that could be displayed can differ in types as similar sites and advertising networks are quite probably involved with this adware. Advertisements relate to Zwhip.com can show as pop-ups, in-text links, pop-unders, banners, transitional or interstitial ones. Adverts of different types are not excluded to be displayed, too.

Zwhip.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of Zwhip.com provides a small insight about the invasion of your privacy. The company GreenTeam Internet Ltd is the developer of the platform. In the policy, you can view what kind of information is gathered from you, and how it can be disclosed to third parties among other things.

Look at the following excerpt from the policy about personal data collection:

We do not collect any Personal Information (i.e. information that may allow the identification of an individual user) from our users.

You can see a picture of the Privacy Policy here:

The policy says that the following anonymous information will be obtained:

  • Geographical location
  • Software specifications
  • Hardware specifications
  • Browser type
  • Browser version
  • Operating system and version
  • Language preferences

Despite that it is explicitly written in the policy that no personal information will be collected, it is also stated that your physical location will be known. In addition, the platform owners have access to your Internet settings so that they can find your IP address, without a hitch. That is personally identifiable data. The privacy policy’s last part states that in the case of a merger, corporate transaction, sale or bankruptcy all accumulated data from you will be provided as an asset in similar deals. Be on alert if you have used such a platform or service, tied to Zwhip. There is no telling what the adware could bring along – maybe more malware, including all ads and redirects.

Remove Zwhip.com Completely

To remove Zwhip.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal tutorial written down below. In case this manual removal does not get rid of the adverts completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Zwhip.com from Windows.


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

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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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.com from Mac OS X.


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

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Zwhip.com, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Zwhip.com:


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Remove Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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".

stf-safari preferences


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 Zwhip.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 Zwhip.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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